A mother traveling by train with her two young children insisted on claiming her three reserved seats for herself and her children when “three Americans sitting there from a big tour group” refused to move for her, she said.
“I boarded the train from London to Paris yesterday with my family,” she wrote on social media, sharing her story with other Reddit users.
“When we got to our booked and assigned table seats, there were three Americans sitting there from a big tour group,” she said.
She added in her post about the American women – who were apparently in their late 20s, as she noted in a later edit to her story – “When we got off at the other end, the girls gave me [a] huge stink eye.”
The mother did not want to be separated from her children “for two hours,” she wrote.
“It’s reasonable to expect what you pay for and to expect that the rules are universal, no matter the circumstances,” said Dr. Jayme Albin, PhD, of New York.
“This mother paid for seats together and she should not have to make up for the train’s organization system.”
“Having someone treat you unfairly is not a justification,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Jayme Albin, PhD, of New York, to be rude toward others. (iStock)
She added, “The young adults should have offered to move or find the proper person to help find their real seats. Having someone treat you unfairly is not a justification,” she also said, to be rude toward others.
The responder added, “They were your assigned seats. You wanted to occupy them. You weren’t wrong for making the [people] who decided to take them move.”
A mother who shared her story about her insistance on keeping her reserved train seats for herself and her two young children (not pictured) received an outpouring of support on social media. (iStock)
Another person also piped up, saying to the original poster, “Isn’t every seat on Eurostar reserved? If someone is in their seats, then that person needs to move. Not you.”
This same commenter added, “They obviously wanted the table seat. They should have booked sooner.”
Wrote one person on Reddit about the mother’s travel incident, “Why mention their nationality? There were just three people in your seats. They were being entitled.” (iStock)
Wrote a different commenter, “I’ll never understand why people think it’s OK to sit in seats when other people have literally purchased them.”
Yet another commenter took umbrage at one aspect of the mother’s account of what happened.
“An assigned seat is an assigned seat. End of discussion.”