His Refusal To Give It Up
Jim Anderson had no idea how valuable a lesson he would learn when he refused to give his seat to a single mom on the train.
The single mother, Amanda, needed to soothe her crying baby, but Jim was occupying the seats designated for mothers.
Amanda had been polite with her requests, but Jim did not budge. Then the situation escalated. Amanda was eventually forced to reveal her identity, and that’s when Jim learned an invaluable lesson.
A Busy Life
Amanda felt like she was experiencing one of the longest days of her life.
She had given birth just two months ago, and it had been just short of a week that had passed since she kicked her cheating husband out of the house.
Finances had become tight, so Amanda had to return to work earlier than planned. She had so much on the go with taking care of the new baby and work that she was reminded of how busy her days could be.
First Day Back
She had a lot to catch up on, considering it was her first day back at work. Her desk was taken over by case files, and she soon began to feel overwhelmed by all the information. She also had to catch up on the study sessions she had missed.
She was worn out by the time the day drew to a close and was looking forward to returning home.
But someone wouldn’t make things that easy for her. They had intentions that would only make her day worse.
At Her Sister’s
Amanda was on the verge of collapse when she arrived at her sister’s place. But she had a baby to take care of, which meant she couldn’t afford a moment’s rest.
Amanda bent down and picked up her daughter. That’s when she realized something was wrong.
When she asked her sister about it, she was told that Sarah had been fussy throughout the whole day.
Just As Exhausted
Amanda had a feeling that her daughter was just as tired as she was, but from what? She thought that rocking her would soothe her, but her crying grew louder.
She tried feeding her with a bottle, but the baby had no interest in it. With a sigh, Amanda readied her daughter’s things and told her sister it was going to be a long night.
She was unaware that the day’s troubles were not yet over.
What Was Wrong?
Amanda continued her attempts to still her baby’s crying as she made her way to the subway, but to no avail.
Nothing seemed to soothe her. She tried pushing Sarah in the stroller, knowing that she usually enjoyed it, but was surprised when her daughter grew more aggravated.
Amanda couldn’t help feeling wretched when they arrived at the subway station. She had reached peak tiredness, and she felt awful not knowing what was bothering her baby.
Amanda couldn’t hold back her tears, and her vision blurred. She was fighting the lump in her throat.
She felt like the world was against her for the first time ever. She had the urge to curl up and cry, but she had a baby for which she had to be strong.
Despite how miserable she was feeling, she had no idea that one individual was about to make her feel worse.
Was She A Bad Mother?
Amanda felt as though all eyes were on her as everyone waited for the train.
Her baby, Sarah, continued to scream, and Amanda couldn’t help but feel like she was a terrible mother.
She had tried everything she could to soothe her baby and was now at a loss. But strangers had no idea what she had been through.
The stares started affecting her, and Amanda was grateful when the train arrived. But another challenge awaited her.
People were rushing to get home, considering it was after 4 pm, which meant the train was crowded.
The railway had implemented an efficient system which Amanda was grateful for because it meant she wouldn’t have to stand up for the entire trip.
The train had designated seats for pregnant women, elderly or disabled passengers, and those with young children.
All Amanda had to do was reach them. But she never anticipated that when she got there, she would encounter someone who was determined to have his way.
She would not be able to rely on this person for help.
An Arrogant Man
Amanda got to the reserved seat and saw a man sitting there. He didn’t seem to be having any disabilities, nor was he old or with a child.
No, this was just an arrogant businessman who had clearly never stepped foot on a train before.
And it looked like his entitlement had gotten the better of him. He wanted to be all alone, and this was the one seat where he could get his privacy.
A Polite Request
Not wanting any more problems than she already had, Amanda cleared her throat and politely asked the man to move to another seat.
He pulled his newspaper down and arched a brow. The man looked up and down the train before waving her off and turning his attention to his phone.
Amanda stared at him in disbelief. Never in her life had she met someone so arrogant.
He Refused To Move
But Amanda didn’t plan on backing down. She had every right to use that seat, whereas he did not. Once again, she asked him to move to another seat.
The man looked up at her like she was some kind of annoying insect interrupting his Facebook search and said, “No.”
Amanda was beyond irritated at this point, but she still tried her best to keep her face as neutral as possible.
The more Amanda interacted with the man, the louder little Sarah’s cries became. It was becoming clear that she wanted to be close to her mother and that she was hungry.
Since the bottle didn’t do the trick, Amanda would have to breastfeed the baby, and she couldn’t really do that while standing on a moving train.
But she wasn’t going to let her baby starve because of some snob, either.
A More Direct Approach
Amanda took a deep breath and said, “Sir, you are in a seat that’s reserved for people like me. Please move so I can sit down and feed my child.”
“Are you deaf,” the man asked, his tone laced with annoyance.
“I said I’m not moving. People like you have no right to demand anything from me.”
Others Get Involved
A wave of gasps echoed through the passengers that surrounded them, and before Amanda could fully comprehend what was happening, three men approached them.
The bystanders started arguing with the man who refused to get up, and before long, more passengers joined the argument.
But it was one woman who inspired Amanda the most.
A Different Tactic
The woman had two small children with her, but instead of sitting in the reserved seat, the three of them were cramped into a one-person seat directly opposite it.
Amanda could only imagine that it had something to do with the man who refused to get up, and she wasn’t going to stand for it.
No person should have to struggle because someone else was too arrogant to offer their seat to them. So Amanda did something she knew would irritate the man.
Feeding Her Baby
Amanda picked up her baby, leaned against the wall opposite the man, and started breastfeeding her child.
The man was clearly shocked by her actions, and it was evident that he was unhappy with the interruption.
Amanda knew that more trouble was headed her way, but with the amount of adrenaline that was coursing through her system, she was ready for anything he wanted to throw at her.
At first, the arrogant man was just mumbling under his breath, but then he decided to speak up, and he wasn’t friendly.
He leaned forward, looked Amanda right in the eyes, and said, “You poor people have no idea how to behave yourselves.
Don’t you understand that someone as important as me doesn’t want to see your body parts?”
The man should’ve kept his mouth shut because those words had the entire wagon up in arms. Insults were coming in from every corner, and the man had nowhere to hide.
But it was the woman that Amanda noticed earlier that had the most impressive thing to say.
“People like you would have nothing if people like us didn’t allow your suppression,” she said as she walked up to him.
Calming The Other Passenger
Amanda could see that the mother of two had reached her limit, and if that man said one more stupid thing, she would get violent.
So, Amanda grabbed her arm and tried to calm her before things went too far. “It’s fine. I can deal with him,” Amanda whispered to the woman.
She already knew what would shut the man up, but she hoped it wouldn’t come to that.
The Conductor Gets Involved
All the commotion that was going on in the wagon got the conductor’s attention, and he came in to see what on earth was going on.
The old man was pushing his way through the disgruntled mob, and when he finally reached the reserved seats and saw Amanda, his expression was one of utter confusion.
A Strange Look
Any person with a clear mind would be able to tell that Amanda knew the conductor. But not many of them would understand why. It was all because of her job, not the fact that she was riding the train on a daily basis.
But the arrogant man was too preoccupied with his opinion to see the look the pair shared.
It was clear that he thought he was in the right and didn’t see a reason as to why he should listen to anyone, especially the old man who had the authority.
The Cause Of The Commotion
The conductor asked what was going on, and the other passengers were quick to speak up.
The mother of two mentioned that she had had a similar conversation with the man, but he refused to move, and since her kids were older, she decided not to cause a scene.
But when she saw how he was victimizing Amanda, she felt she had to step in. However, the man still didn’t see a reason to move, even though he could see that Amanda’s child was just a baby.
His Side Of The Story
Once the conductor heard what the other passengers had to say, he turned to the man and asked him why he refused to move from his seat.
The man’s answer was simple, he didn’t see why she deserved the seat, and he did not. If he had to stand, she could do the same.
To him, the fact that she had a baby didn’t matter.
Trying To Be Polite
Trying to remain calm, the conductor explained that those seats were reserved for people who couldn’t stand for long periods of time.
And that Amanda, as well as the mother of two, had every right to ask him to move.
If he had been sitting anywhere else, that wouldn’t be the case. But the seats were even marked to show their importance and who had priority when it came to them.
He Couldn’t Understand It
The man then stated that he didn’t need to stand for the duration of his trip because he was more important than everyone else on the train.
He proudly stated that he was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and said that it gave him the right to sit wherever he wanted.
It was clear that the conductor wasn’t pleased with the way the man was handling himself. And his choice of words was just getting the rest of the passengers worked up.
Losing His Patience
The conductor was starting to lose his patience with the man and stated that titles like CEO meant nothing when it came to riding the subway.
He told the man that he couldn’t just claim a reserved seat because he thought he was important.
The man scoffed and dared the conductor to make him move somewhere else. The conductor took a deep breath. It was clear that this would be one tough battle.
Raising his voice, the conductor demanded that the man move to another section of the train. Once again, he told the man that the seat he was using was reserved and that it was meant for people who required the extra space.
He finished off by saying that it wasn’t meant for some arrogant man who wanted the spotlight on him all the time.
However, the man refused to move. And to make matters worse, he decided to take things to the next level.
A New Level Of Arrogance
It seemed like all the attention he was getting had this man’s arrogance levels shooting through the roof.
With a smug smile, he leaned forward and asked the conductor something that had everyone on the train seeing red.
“What makes her more important than me? The fact that a poor woman decided to have a child knowing she couldn’t afford one is not my problem.” Everyone gasped. “You should have seats reserved for people like me, not her.”
Everyone in the wagon had something to say about the man’s comment, but they were all speaking over each other, so not much of what was said could actually be heard.
However, their reaction to him seemed to pour fuel on the rude man’s already blazing ego, and it seemed like he was determined to see just how far he could push them.
“Just look at you, standing there as if I owe you something,” the man continued. “If you wanted someone like me to respect you, you should’ve finished college.”
The conductor gasped, outraged by what he had just heard, but Amanda just smiled.
If that man had known who he was insulting, he would’ve stopped ages ago.
He Had Enough
The conductor stomped his foot and pulled out his hand radio. “That’s enough!” he said in an authoritative tone.
“I will not tolerate such behavior on my train! The police will hear of this, and I assure you they will be there when we reach our next stop!”
The old man was red with rage, which meant he wasn’t messing around. But Amanda didn’t want things to go that far.
She Stopped Him
The truth was that Amanda wanted the satisfaction of putting this man in his place by herself. But she would need the conductor’s help to do it.
So she pulled the old man aside and whispered something to him. With a stiff nod, he walked out of the wagon, and Amanda returned to her position.
She was about to act, and the man would have no idea what hit him.
Searching Her Purse
Amanda shoved her hand into her purse and felt around for the one thing she needed to go through with her plan.
As she did so, she looked at the man and smiled. “You know, people like you amaze me.” How so?” the man asked.
“Even though everyone around you can see that you’re walking into a trap, you are too obnoxious to realize it,” Amanda said.
The man gave Amanda a look of utter confusion, and the creases on his face deepened when she asked the mother of two to hold her baby.
Everyone was watching intently.
None of them wanted to miss what Amanda was about to do. Even though they didn’t know what she was planning, they suspected that her revenge would be sweet.
Who Was She?
“What kind of trap could I possibly be walking into with you?” the man asked. There was a hint of suspicion in his tone, but he hid it well.
Amanda pulled her hand out of her bag, and everyone leaned closer to see what it was.
“I’m afraid I didn’t get an opportunity to introduce myself properly.” She lifted her hand, revealing her badge. “My name is Officer Amanda Heys. And you are under arrest.”
At first, the man laughed, but when Amanda pulled out her cuffs, he turned pale as a sheet. “You can’t arrest me for not getting up!” He spat.
“What are the charges?”
“Actually, I can,” Amanda said smugly. “And some of your charges include disturbing the peace and verbal assault. The arresting officers will inform you of the rest of your charges when they read you your rights.”
Arriving At The Station
The train’s whistle went off seconds before the announcer came on air to say that they were approaching the next stop.
At this point, the man was a nervous wreck. He was begging Amanda to let him go. But she wanted him to learn a lesson.
She escorted the man out and said, “The next time you want to insult someone, make sure you have your facts straight.” The crowd erupted in cheers as the officers, who were waiting at the station, took the man into custody.
A Smooth Ride
Amanda got back on the train and took her baby from the mother of two. The two women and their children sat down in the reserved seats so that they could enjoy the rest of their trip, but that wasn’t the end of Amanda’s day.
As soon as the train pulled off, she was surrounded by people who thanked her for doing what she did and some who wanted to congratulate her on making a stand.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.