We’ve all been there. You just managed to snag a seat on the metro and an elderly man or woman gets on. No one else is moving, so you, being the semi-decent individual that you are, get up to give that senior a seat. Unfortunately, there are times when no one is willing to give up their cushy public transit seat, at which point, you may see an elderly citizen take matters into their own hands.
Last Tuesday, a young woman in Changsha was sitting on the metro when an elderly man came up to her and told her to move. In a classic intimidation move, the man then proceeded to sit on her. When she protested that she was being forced to stand up, the old man shook his umbrella at her and said, “I’ll hit you till you die (我打死你).” According to People’s Daily, the girl called the police and cried.
Watch below to catch this seat conflict go down (VPN off):
Online reaction to the incident was mixed. Some Weibo users sided with the girl, saying things like, “If he has the energy to hit her, why does he need a seat?” However, others called out the younger woman, commenting “[It’s] not respectful towards old people.”
Perhaps one of the more disturbing comments that we saw made on the People’s Daily Weibo post has received the most likes, as of press time. The comment reads: “I wish that a serious illness soon defeats this old man.”
The state-run newspaper reported that a local police station was looking into the matter.
[Cover image via @搞笑幽默官/Weibo]