Unless you are the world's biggest jerk, you give up your seat for a pregnant woman. An adult needs no explanations about that, but apparently, there's a man who doesn't seem to get this.
This man has pissed off a lot of people on social media for arrogantly declaring that the reason he never gives up his seat for pregnant women is that he works long hours.
To his credit, he seems to understand that doing this is something only jerks would do. Otherwise, why would he make this confession on a Reddit subforum called "Am I The A**hole?"
On this subforum, web users write about a recent conflict they have had. Then the online community tells them if they were wrong or right.
The man posted his issue using a thread called "AITA for not giving up my seat to a pregnant woman?"
He Wouldn't Get Up For A Pregnant Woman While Using Public Transportation
He went to explain that he had done a ten-hour shift. Here's his original post:
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 imploring eyes.
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.
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.
After the exchange, an older man apparently berated him. But that wasn't before the adamant man had let the lady know that it wasn't his job to support her because she cannot afford a car.
The Comments Started To Flow
Naturally, many criticized the inconsiderate and obviously insensitive man.
One of the commenters wondered what the man was up to next and whether he would start blaming old people for getting old or blaming people born with deformities.
But some thought the man was justified in doing what he did. According to these folks, the pregnant woman had no right to demand a seat simply because of her condition.
This commenter was actually a woman, and although she can admit that pregnancy is "uncomfortable as hell" and even painful, she did not feel that he should have been made to give up his seat for the pregnant lady.
After all, the commenter argues, there are lots of other people who could have stood up for the lady as well. It didn't have to be him and him alone.
You be the judge: was the man right in denying the heavily pregnant lady a seat? Did his actions show a lack of common courtesy?