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Man Refuses To Give Up Seat For Pregnant Woman Because Of Long Working Hours

Man Refuses To Give Up Seat For Pregnant Woman Because Of Long Working Hours

A man has sparked fierce debate online after he admitted to refusing to give up his seat for pregnant women on public transport because of his long working hours.

Taking to the aptly-named 'Am I The A**hole?' thread on Reddit, one user took to the community to lay out his side of the story.

Discussing how he was travelling home after a 10 hour shift, the Redditor explained: "So last night I'm on the bus, and a very heavily pregnant lady gets on. She looks around for a seat, only to find there are no available ones left. I'm the closest to her, so she starts giving me the imploring eyes.

The thread prompted plenty of discussion on Reddit (Credit: Unsplash)
The thread prompted plenty of discussion on Reddit (Credit: Unsplash)
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"I wasn't rude or anything, I just told her no, I've had a long day and my feet are sore. I don't want to give up my seat."

He continued: "She started crying about how she's a pregnant single mom, and I told her I'm sorry, but that was her personal choice and she can't expect other people to accommodate her life choices."

The man in question added that he then told the pregnant woman that it wasn't his job to support her because she couldn't afford a car - leading to others on the bus to take umbrage with his attitude.

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Wow, he sounds like a real charmer.

The man claimed to have sore feet (Credit: Unsplash)
The man claimed to have sore feet (Credit: Unsplash)

Needless to say, the original poster faced some heavy criticism for his attitude towards his fellow passenger.

"What's next, blaming an old person for being old?" replied one person. "Blaming deformed people for being born? You see someone who needs a seat, you give it to them."

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"Saying being pregnant was 'her personal choice' makes you the a**hole," said another.

The man said it wasn't down to him to look after the pregnant woman (Credit: PA Images)
The man said it wasn't down to him to look after the pregnant woman (Credit: PA Images)
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A third pointed out the risks: "You didn't show common courtesy by giving up your seat to someone who needs it much more.

"As in, if you fall during transit, you may get a bruise, if she fell during transit, she might lose her child. Not to mention no matter how tired you are, she's more likely to have an accident standing during transit than you."

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Would you give up your seat for a pregnant woman? (Credit: Unsplash)
Would you give up your seat for a pregnant woman? (Credit: Unsplash)

However, not everyone was so staunchly against the working man.

One woman argued he did the right thing for him during the incident.

"I just don't feel like you should be forced to give up your seat because she is pregnant," she said.

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"Yes, pregnancy sucks, and it's uncomfortable as all hell, but that is no reason for you to suffer. You're in pain, too, and there were plenty of other people who could have stood rather than you."

Well, we know whose side we're on.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Pregnancy, Family, Life, Real Life

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