Two more instances of passengers behaving badly on busses have made headlines in China, where “seat etiquette” on public transportation has become somewhat of a hot issue.
It’s universally understood that people who take over public seats with their purses, shopping bags, feet, etc. are assholes. Offering a seat to your pet might be the exception, and we’re usually strong advocates of dogs doing human things, but not when it’s rush hour on a crowded, cramped bus.
This was the case on Tuesday morning when a woman allowed her pet pooch to have the seat next to her during peak time. According to SCMP, passengers had asked her to please hold the dog so that others, specifically various elderly people standing around on the packed bus, could sit. Their requests went ignored, as the woman claimed she’d purchased a ticket for her doggy.
Seeing as she had to to sneak her dog onboard by zipping it up in a cloth bag, or so says the bus driver, we’re going to assume that probably wasn’t the case.
Meanwhile on the same day in Hefei, Anhui province, a woman pissed off a bus full of passengers when she waltzed in and demanded that a young schoolboy vacate his seat for her, claiming she was a teacher. When he failed to do so, she pulled him up and sat down, right on top of his schoolbag.
CCTV News most tragically reports that the boy cried throughout the rest of the trip. He mustered up the courage to ask for his bag back only when it was time to get off, but the lady refused. This triggered a heated argument between the seat-pilfering passenger and the boy’s aunt, who was with him at the time.
The driver, peacemaker, had to stop the bus for 30 minutes until the conflict was resolved, reports said.
Web users were not pleased upon reading the story.
“This woman morally failed. If she really is a teacher, I’ll have to say she’s not a bit qualified,” user Nankeshijue wrote.
“Apparently the woman thought that by saying she was a teacher the kid would willingly give her his seat. It’s no doubt a stupid idea, but I wonder if she learned that from our own education system,” sadtuanyamo said.