He sure messed with the wrong lady!

When TV writer Brydie Lee-Kennedy found herself in a stand-off with a man occupying two seats on a packed bus last week, she took matters firmly into her own hands.

At eight months pregnant, the London-based Aussie was stunned when the man refused to remove his belongings from the seat next to him so she could, you know… sit down.

“Well it finally happened … I just sat on a man’s hand and bag when he wouldn’t move them off the last spare seat on the bus. We’re now sharing a very quiet ride,” Lee-Kennedy shared on Twitter.

Although Ms Lee-Kennedy’s reaction won her a digital round of applause, the responses to her tweet quickly illustrated she wasn’t the only expectant mother to suffer such rudeness.

A British mother of two shared her frustrations recently after commuters on a London train refused to offer her a seat while she was breastfeeding her son.

As a result, the woman, named Kate, was forced to stand as she nursed the six-month-old – with several seated passengers even making eye contact and smiling at her as she did so.

“I was thinking, ‘Stop smiling and offer me your seat, please!’” she recalled on social media.

When one woman looked up from her book and noticed the situation Kate was in, vacating her seat so she could sit down, things got even worse.

“Another lady then sat in it, and when the lovely lady said, ‘Oh excuse me, I actually gave up my seat so this lady with a baby could sit down’, the sitting lady shrugged, plugged her earphones in and closed her eyes!” she wrote.

“I like to think that she needed that seat more than me. Perhaps she was newly pregnant and in that early exhaustion period, perhaps she was knackered after a day at work, perhaps she was ill. Or perhaps she was just a twat. I hope not.”

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  • As I have aged I have become quite vocal and when no-one automatically stands up for my 81yo, unsteady on his feet, I just say would you please give him your seat NOW, especially as you are sitting in an area for the infirm. They usually are too embarrassed to continue sitting if you say it loud enough.


  • Oh wow – so rude. I was offered a seat on a bus by a man for no other reason than me being female. The bus was crowded and I needed to see where I was going so I declined.


  • So rude, no manners !


  • Bet that got his attention and taught some manners for next time a situation arose. Did the books etc pay to ride on the bus?


  • I always offer my seat and assistance. It really is just bad manners to not be polite and use basic manners.


  • Good for her! I came across this once when I was pregnant and people were sitting in the designated area on the train. I was so cranky, but then someone further down offered me a seat while the other young people completely ignored the rules.


  • WOW! Good on you girl. People are so very RUDE. I can’t believe this happens and that people are just so very RUDE. We need to keep calling out this behaviour so this generation gets it.

    • Rude behaviour does need to have the spotlight on it for sure!


  • Last time I tried to be nice I was told”Do I look like I’m wearing a cast on my leg”I am not rude,Just cautious,It’s hard to be polite or even nice without the other person thinking your hitting on them,Remember,You are pregnant not sick,Cheer’s Krusty


  • I caught the train this morning, with my 3 year old and my baby that just turned 1. No one stood for me. The women in the priority seating (with a huge poster above the seats saying to stand for mothers with babies!) stares at us the entire trip and then tried to push in front of us to exit the train at the city stop. Not a single person on the train offered us a seat or asked the ladies to stand. I was absolutely dumbfounded!!!


  • Good on her. Rude people!


  • I’m currently 6 months pregnant and I haven’t once had a person offer me a seat.


  • People can be beyond rude the new theory is everyone for themselves and if you cannot stand for the duration of your trip then stay at home. It’s quite sad. I had my foot in a boot not so long ago and getting people to give up their precious seat generated a response equivalent to that of torture.


  • We live in a very sad and selfish world when you think of it !


  • My Mum told me how when she went to school by bus they had what was then called bus passes.
    If an older person got on the bus the pupils had to stand and let the other person sit down. The only time my Mum ever didn’t do that was when she was sick and going home from school for that reason.


  • Public transport is rife with this kind of behaviour and technology has given people another way to pretend they don’t “see” you. I’ve had a bus driver loudly proclaim (during morning peak hour rush) that the bus wasn’t moving until someone gave me a seat. On the train I faced even worse, people taking up extra space in the priority seating and an old lady who insisted on sitting in one particular spot in priority seating (even though all the other seats were empty and I had been sitting there already). Eventually I just got fed up and would move to sit and startle space hogs into moving over and sternly let the old lady know that my 36 weeks pregnant self was not moving an inch for her. I wish transit officers could enforce and write up fines for people who ignore those who need priority seating.


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