Reddit users are stepping up to support another Reddit user who, in a recent post shared with the r/AmItheAsshole community, told how she was harassed by a couple for not giving up her extra seat – which she paid for – so they could sit together. In the post, which has been upvoted more than 34,300 times since it was uploaded earlier this month, u/Tessy23 asked if she was wrong for not letting them. “I’m obese. Like I’m comfortable having two seats on the plane, like I’m obese. I’m well aware of that and I really don’t like bothering people with my weight “, she wrote.
u/Tessy23 explained that she was flying from Europe to the United States for a conference earlier this month when she was subjected to the harrowing experience. “A week ago I was going to a conference by plane and because I was going alone (usually when I travel with my boyfriend I don’t buy two since he’s sitting next to me) i bought two seats i fit in one but my usually touches the person next to me and i feel bad for them i happened to have them giving me mean looks and i felt felt extremely uncomfortable the entire flight,” she shared.
Unfortunately, despite going out of her way to ensure her comfort and that of her co-passengers, u/Tessy23 still had to contend with a couple’s misplaced sense of entitlement. “So I sat on the plane and pulled up the armrest so I was really comfortable. A couple came over and they both sat next to me because they had separate seats and they noticed the seat next to me was empty. Exactly what I was afraid would happen,” she wrote.
“My side kept touching the guy next to me and he even pushed me a bit when he moved in the seat. I felt extremely uncomfortable and asked him if he could go to his seat because I bought this one for my comfort,” the Reddit user continued. “He told me no, since the seat is empty and he wants to be with his girlfriend. Well, I told him I understand but I feel uncomfortable and I paid for the second seat so exactly that’s not happening. He again refused and started chatting with his girlfriend.”
Eventually, realizing there was no point talking to them any further, the woman called the flight attendant. “I called the flight attendant and quietly told her what was going on. She asked the guy to leave my second seat and he and his girlfriend gave me a mean look. The girl mumbled something thing like ‘damn fat bitch’ under his breath but nothing directly to me,” the Reddit user concluded, asking other users if she was an a**hole for insisting the man leave his extra seat. A majority of those who responded to the post assured u/Tessy23 that she had done nothing wrong.
“NTA – Former Air Hostess. This is your seat. You paid for it. If this (classless) couple wanted to sit together so badly, they should have paid for the seats together.” wrote Flavored Molasses342. “NTA! You bought this seat. The couple sitting apart has nothing to do with you. IDGAF if you were thin and bought a second seat for your emotional support ghost! This is your seat,” commented flaky-burnt.