Monday, August 3, 2015

Bus seat etiquette

Today I was taking a bus for a little over an hour. The bus was quite crowded so when I was boarding there was only one free double seater left. There was a few seats left in the very back row, but we all love a double seat right.

I was happy to see it and as I neared it and was just about to sit down, the woman behind me said "I'm sorry but I was getting that for myself and my husband".

And instead of saying "but I'm in line before you" I just said a sour OK and went down to sit at the very back.

She didn't even say thank you.

But then as the bus started rolling, revenge was mine as the seat stealing couple were sitting right behind a little girl watching a Pippi movie on loud volume, no headphones.

Karma, bitch.

Would you have moved like I did? Or would you have stood your ground on the seat?
So humiliating.
There were plenty of other single people sitting on double seats in front of us. Some of them had even done the sneaky sitting in isle seat trick.
But I was the only one asked to move.

Crank up the volume, little girl.


  1. In reality, I probably would have done what you did and let them have it. But is this lady five years old and can't fathom sitting away from her husband? This would make sense if she wanted her child to sit next to her, but these are two grown people. I would never ask this of someone else. I hope they had a very uncomfortable ride.

    1. there were even seats together, just at the very back of the bus. so annoying!

  2. Emi, I have noticed problems posting comments to your blog if you don't log in with a google account. I tried to post a comment with just my name or as anonymous, but it didn't post. I thought maybe you had to approve these posts, which is why I didn't see them? But I'm not sure if this is true. Just wanted to let you know.

    1. thanks for letting me know dawn! I hate the whole authentication thing!

  3. I should note that this might be only a tablet issue. I think I was able to post a non-Google comment in the past on my iMac using a web browser.

  4. You have reverted to the Swede while home. Bring out your New Yorker.

  5. Grrrrrr! Exactly the kind of thing I would do.


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