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Viewers divided after man tells train passenger to move from his booked seat

Joe Harker

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Viewers divided after man tells train passenger to move from his booked seat

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mr_boris_becker

People have been left divided after a man encountered every train passenger's worst nightmare - getting to the seat you've booked and finding that someone else has already taken it.

We live in a society that contains certain rules people generally agree to abide by, but there are some out there who are a bit less concerned about breaking them.

Booking a seat on a train is one of these where you're on societally shaky ground, you do it so you know you've got somewhere to sit down and rest your legs which is all fine and good, especially if your train is busy.

However, when another person has nabbed that seat which is yours by right, the question becomes how much of a fuss you're willing to kick up over it.

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Ideally, they'd move out of the seat with no fuss - but life isn't always that simple and you wouldn't want the embarrassment of asking them to move and then being told no.

Well, one man has split opinion after a TikTok video of him asking a woman to get out of a seat on a train he'd booked went viral.

In the video, he films himself asking his fellow passenger to move out of seat 103, the one he'd booked, as she tells him there's other seats available on the train he could have.

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He tells her intends to sit in the seat he'd booked and she agrees to move, but then another passenger chimes in to tell the man he's 'not the law' even though all he wants to do is sit in his seat.

Someone sitting in my booked train seat? The most awkward of social encounters! Credit: TikTok/@mr_boris_becker
Someone sitting in my booked train seat? The most awkward of social encounters! Credit: TikTok/@mr_boris_becker

Most of the people watching the footage sided with the man who booked the seat, saying he 'literally paid for that seat' and nobody should have had a problem with him sitting in it.

Someone else wondered why the woman in the seat didn't take one of the free spaces for herself as she 'obviously saw some available places'.

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Another slated the passengers on the train for 'guilting him' and trying to get him to sit somewhere else, pointing out that he might then be taking up someone else's place.

However, others disagreed with this idea and said he should have 'let her sit where she is', insisting that claiming a specific seat that you'd booked was 'not a big deal'.

Other passengers in the carriage didn't think the woman should have to give up the seat just because someone else booked it. Credit: TikTok/@mr_boris_becker
Other passengers in the carriage didn't think the woman should have to give up the seat just because someone else booked it. Credit: TikTok/@mr_boris_becker

Others wondered why he was filming the encounter in the first place and someone else said the lady nabbing the seat was 'fair enough if she was just trying her luck'.

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While the passengers on the train didn't think the woman should have to give up the seat that someone else had booked, the vast majority of online opinion tipped the other way.

Topics: Travel, Life, TikTok

Joe Harker
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