He Needed to Take the Last Bus Because It Was His Only Way Home, but When It Arrived, He Was Faced With a Tough Decision

A man recently wrote to an online forum to ask if he’d made the right decision by refusing to give up the last spot on the night bus. It was his only way home, but a woman and child asked for his place.

Night shift

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The man wrote, “I’d just started a new job, and I was on a night shift that finished at 23:00. I checked the bus times beforehand and saw that the last bus home was at 23:30.”

Last bus

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“I was in the queue with two other people, and a woman showed up with a child of about four or five years of age,” he added.

Bad service

Lateness
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The buses in the man’s area are notoriously unreliable. Quite often, buses that are scheduled turn up late or not at all.

Full to the brim

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The bus came around the corner. It was packed to the brim. The man got a sinking feeling because it was his only option to get back home.

Doors open

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The doors on the bus opened. People were packed in like sardines in a can. Nobody got off the bus.

No room at the inn

driver
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The driver looked at the bus queue and noticed the five people. He had some bad news, and told them that he only had room for three more.

Jumping on

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The two girls he was queueing with jumped aboard. The woman with the child turned to the man.

Big ask

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She gestured to her child and told the man that the kid was cold, hungry, and tired. She asked if it was okay to take his place.

Difficult decision

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The man was torn. He was not unsympathetic to the woman’s plight; it was late at night, and it was the last bus. However, the situation was not as simple as it seemed.

Long walk

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If he missed the bus, he faced a long walk home. He didn’t quite know the way, and it would take him around two-and-a-half hours.

Saying no

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He turned to the woman, apologized, and said no. He proceeded to board the bus. But that wasn’t the end of the matter.

Switch up

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After he said no, the woman demanded his place. She told him that there was no other way for her to get her child home. He said that he was in the same position. The bus left, with the mother and child stranded.

Was he right?

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The man knew that this was a marginal situation. He didn’t like to do it, but he saw no way out for himself. He reached out to an online forum to ask if he had made the right move.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “It does really suck for the mother, but having a child does not automatically give her special privileges.”

Another commenter blamed the driver: “I can’t believe the bus driver didn’t let them on! Even standing room alone is better than abandoning a woman and child with no more buses for the night.”

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