A mother has criticized an elderly couple for taking up her reserved train seats meant for her three children.
Amanda Mancino-Williams took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share her experience on a full train from Cheltenham to Nottingham in the UK. The seats were divided into groups of four, with two seats between a table. She reserved a group of four seats for herself and her children, but when she arrived she saw an elderly couple sitting in two of them. In the resurrected wirewhich was initially shared in 2019, she claimed the couple refused to move because the reserved tickets “don’t matter.”
“If a mother with three children and suitcases has four seats reserved for a long train journey and you are sitting in their seats in a full carriage, don't tell them that their tickets don't matter in a posh voice and then say that you don't is moving and refuse to make eye contact. Don’t be these people,” the first post said.
Mancino-Williams then showed her three children crammed into two seats in the sequence. publishas she wrote, “My 12 year old is just staring at this woman.”
She continued the conversation saying that a man offered her his place. She later spoke to the train driver, who apologized and offered all seats in first class. The mother went on to express how upset she was about not getting the seats she purchased. “I would always give up a seat, reserved or not, for someone who needed it more,” she wrote in the thread. “But for her to tell me my tickets meant nothing and then refuse to acknowledge me? Do people just expect you to run away?
She continued: “My children just told me that while they were sitting across from the couple, the woman told her husband, loud enough for the children to hear, that 'even when we travel first class, people don't give up their seats, you take what's there. In case you feel sorry for them.
Shortly after the incident, Mancino-Williams turned to X again to respond to commenters saying her children should have stood up to the couple. “This situation is not about my children not having enough education to defend the elderly. It’s a culture of bullying and entitlement,” she he wrote. “My children and I were fair and followed rules, but these two were not. They immediately switched to intimidation mode when they saw us approach, clearly aware that those seats were ours.”
The mother continued: “Given how easily the conductor transferred us to another carriage to defuse the situation, if they were in real need, I am sure they would have been transferred too. Instead, they broke the rules and tried to make my children and I feel powerless. I don't have time for that.”
After sharing her experience, many people took advantage of the comments to defend the mother. “They were just getting boards that they felt like they could just plow through. You and your kids were totally right,” one commenter wrote.
Another agreed, writing: “The conductor should have moved them, their seats were reserved so they were their seats and that was that! What's the point of reserving seats if they won't be kept? I hope you received first class treatment. The way they behaved is disgusting as they are unpleasant people.”