He Repeatedly Sat Next to Her on an Empty Bus and Always Tried to Get Too Close, but When She Finally Called Him Out, He Got Mad

A woman recently asked for some advice about how she handled an unpleasant man on a bus who kept invading her personal space. Here’s what happened.

It Was a Long Commute

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A 35-year-old woman always commuted to work on a Monday morning, a trip that took about three-and-a-half hours.

There Was Enough Seats

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Although it was a long trip, it was usually pretty comfortable because there were loads of free seats. No one had to sit next to anyone else unless they wanted to. Most of the time, at least.

He Asked to Sit With Her

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One day, about 20 minutes into the journey, a man came up to the woman and asked if he could sit next to her. She said it was fine and wasn’t concerned at first.

It Became Very Uncomfortable

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Unfortunately, things changed pretty quickly. The woman said, “Then he begins to man spread and starts consistently applying pressure to the armrest area.” This was something the woman really hated, as there was plenty of room.

She Stood Her Ground

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Rather than giving up the armrest, the woman kept her arms where they were and refused to give any ground.

He Kept Trying

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The man kept applying more pressure and even giving her dirty looks, but she refused to budge.

She Had to Get Water

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At one point, the woman had to go and get some water, and the man took his chance, taking over the entire armrest by the time she got back.

She Asserted Dominance

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The woman said, “I made eye contact and said, ‘Pardon me.’ He said sorry, and I got my armrest back. Pressure resumed. Annoying, but not enough for me to feel it was worth escalating or changing seats.”

It Became a Regular Thing

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That was just one trip, and although irritated, the woman didn’t think much of it until the next Monday when she was going to work, and the man was on the bus again. He asked to sit next to the woman, and she didn’t want to be rude, so she agreed, but it was just as uncomfortable as the first time.

She Moved Seats

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The next time it happened, the woman told the man he could have the seat, and then she went to sit somewhere else. She said, “He gave me an affronted look. I sat in another set of open double seats on the other side of the bus.”

He Just Kept Trying

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Even this didn’t put the man off, and every week he’d try again to sit with the woman. Eventually, she told him that she didn’t want to sit with him and that she would rather he took one of the many empty seats, not the one next to her.

He Got Angry

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The man wasn’t happy about this and actually started cursing her out under his breath, which made her even more uncomfortable.

Was She Wrong?

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Was the woman wrong to ask the man to sit somewhere else when there was plenty of room, or should she have let him sit next to her and be uncomfortable?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “You should honestly report the behavior to the driver. He was purposely targeting you.”

Another commented, “Good for you. A lot of these guys are total cowards and back down when confronted.”

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