All is fair in love and war, but what about the fight for a seat on the train? It’s an all-too-common problem for passengers, but that doesn’t mean everyone follows the same code of conduct.
The British love to queue. You could even say that we finished it manually.
Whether we’re waiting to check in at the airport or using the festive restroom, we easily create perfectly shaped rows.
But all too often, our chivalrous and polite behavior goes out the window upon boarding.
No matter how long you’ve waited on a platform, expect to squeeze through other passengers to find a seat on a crowded carriage.
Even if you line up at the exact spot where the door opens, it becomes free for everyone after the crowd has left.
It’s not ideal, is it? But also don’t get in the way of other passengers boarding so your group can easily find a seat. Unfortunately, this is a tactic that one passenger took up recently, to the dismay of another. Sharing her sadness in a post on Mumsnet, the woman explained that she was waiting for the last train home at the time.
She wrote: “I arrived at the platform, crowded – the last train from the city. I stood close to the line. A man stood next to me near the line to board the train. The rest of my group. he stood back but couldn’t tell where the carriage door would stop.
“I was on his left. The train stopped with the doors near to his right, he walked to the door and then pretended to let everyone on his right by putting his left arm behind him. to block me or anyone else people to his left people to his right get on the plane.
“Then he walked on, placed himself next to the only table left for four, and began to nod and point to his group of people behind me.”
But realizing that most of the seats were already occupied, thanks to the man’s management, she decided to grab one for herself. “I stepped into the carriage, ignored him pointing to the table for the people behind me, and sat down at the table for four,” she continued.
“His three companions came up behind me and all four of them began to sit down, stand up, stare at me, give up seats, then stare at me again – while the chairs around them disappeared.
One person in their group may have been sitting alone. Now I’m surrounded by three sitting passengers glaring at me and one stubborn passenger standing.”
So she’d love to know if the commenters thought she behaved unfairly. “Am I unreasonable to think that if they wanted to sit down, they should have boarded the plane and found a seat themselves, rather than expecting others to accept their ‘style’ and wait and see if they think there’s room available. any?” she asked.
Explaining why she chose to sit at a table – rather than an empty two-seater – in a comment, the woman added: “They feel so closed, I hate being inside one some strange drunk man.”
One replied: “Well done buddy – let’s advertise** him.” “Looks like he’s given himself the role of charioteer. What an arrogant bastard,” said another.
Another added: “It’s very odd behaviour. I can’t understand what he’s thinking! He chose to have a low chance of sitting together by delaying boarding. That’s perfect. It’s all on him.”
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