Many years back, I was in the train early in the morning fighting the Z monster when something really weird happened.
Back then, people either slept or read a book in the train, so I was doing the former.
When I opened my eyes, I saw a large butt right in front of me, and it was about to sit on me.
I immediately yelled, and the auntie, who just stood up straight slowly, moved to another seat and sat as if nothing had happened.
And mind you, it was like 6:00 a.m. in the morning, so the train was relatively empty.
In retrospect, it might have been her regular seat so with her eyes fixed on her Nokia, she had expected it to be empty, just like any other days.
Too bad there was no Stomp then, eh?
Therefore I wasn’t exactly surprised when it was reported in China media that an auntie had sat on a man’s lap.
China Also Has the Same Problem
A video has gone viral in Weibo on an “auntie” who didn’t take no for an answer.
Apparently, the auntie had requested for the seat, claiming that she deserved the as she is an “elderly”.
The young man made a counter-argument that would be familiar to many of us: he said that he, too, has paid the fare.
But it was not the argument that landed the video into Stomp status.
The woman then sat on the young man’s lap. Like. A. Boss.
Here, you need to see it to believe it.
The video, viewed over 15.4 million times in Weibo in less than four days, has sparked the discussion on the “bitter war for precious seats” in China public transport.
However, most of the comments in the Weibo video has sided the young man.
Translation: “If it were me, I would have given her a big slap.”
Translation: “This auntie looks so strong, yet she has the cheek to ask for a seat?”
But I think maybe this could have been the real story after all.
Translation: “Maybe the auntie sees that the man is handsome and purposely sits on his lap. If not, why would she go for him when there are so many people around?”
Guess we can now be sure of one thing: the reserved seat issue is global, and not just limited to Singapore.