Mum comes under fire online after complaining about a wheelchair-bound man refusing to move so he can sit next to his 5-year-old daughter on a bus: ‘I was shocked and frustrated’
- A 32-year-old mother took to social media to see if she was correct in asking a wheelchair-bound man to move so she could sit next to her daughter.
- She brought up the question after her friends accused her of being an ‘able’.
- The vast majority online thought she was wrong, pointing out that there are few places on a bus equipped for people in wheelchairs.
A mother came under fire online after revealing that she asked a wheelchair-bound man to move so she could sit next to her five-year-old daughter on the bus.
Posting to the ‘Am I the A**hole’ Reddit group, the 32-year-old explained that her daughter needed to sit next to her for ‘safety reasons’, but the wheelchair-bound man refused as he needed space to his chair.
“This response took me by surprise and frustrated me,” the mother wrote, asking the online group to decide who was wrong.
Unfortunately for the mother, the vast majority of members felt that she was at fault.
A 32-year-old mother joined the ‘Am I the A**hole’ Reddit group to ask if she was correct in asking a man in a wheelchair to move so she could sit next to her daughter.
The vast majority felt she was wrong, pointing out that there are few places on a bus equipped for people in wheelchairs.
Many on the now closed board told the woman, YTA, ‘You’re the A**hole’
In the Reddit post, which was shared by more than 2,500 people, the mother expressed her frustration that the man would not give up her spot.
“I ended up on my feet the entire trip with my daughter in tow, which was uncomfortable and exhausting for both of us,” the woman wrote.
She added that when she shared the story with friends, they accused her of being “insensitive and capable.”
“They pointed out that the person in the wheelchair was entitled to the space they needed and that it was unfair of me to ask them to move,” he added.
The comments that had led the woman to pose the question “Am I the idiot?” to Reddit, and the now-locked board sided with her friends.
One Reddit user sarcastically wrote: “I’m so sorry your legs were tired from standing.” It must be difficult when the person in the wheelchair can be sitting all the time.
Like many others, the user passed the verdict, ‘YTA’, which stands for ‘You’re the asshole’.
Another Reddit user brought up what others believed would have been the simple solution, for mother and daughter to simply share the only available seat.
“Your child can sit on your lap or you can ask someone else to move,” the user wrote. ‘The disabled person literally has ONE place on the bus that he can be in. YTA.’
Another user weighed in on the negative lesson the girl was learning from her mother’s actions.
‘I feel sorry for this child and the lessons they are learning. My anxieties for this child and the potential for this child to become as much an AH as the parent of his AH’.
Many on the Reddit board criticized the woman for her actions on the bus.
Another Reddit user chimed in as a bus driver, explaining that the wheelchair-bound man likely had his mobility device attached to the bus so he wouldn’t slide off.
“In order for him to move his chair, someone would have had to unhook his chair for him to let OPs entitled to ** sit down,” they wrote.
One user echoed many on the board, saying that the mother should have accepted that she needed to stay on her feet.
The child sits and you stand. Simple. YTA’, they wrote.