A teenager shared an unfortunate personal story on Reddit — and in a very short time has elicited some 15,000 reactions and 2,000 comments from others on social media who responded to the post.
“A few years ago,” wrote the young woman, identifying herself as a 16-year-old, “I lost my left leg in an accident.”
She said she’s “been using a prosthetic leg since then, and because my family is well [off], it is a pretty advanced one to the point where it just looks like I just have two normal legs whenever I wear long trousers.”
She added, “Which I usually do because I’m really self-conscious about showing my prosthetic.”
She continued to share her story with others on the subreddit known as AITA (“Am I the a–hole?”). “These days,” she wrote, “I can pretty much do anything I like without issues — walking, running, going upstairs, etc.”
The teen also said that her “main issue is keeping my balance when there are sudden changes in movement, in places like trains and buses. Which is where the topic of this post comes in,” added the Reddit writer, who goes by the username “Swimming-Contact6122.”
“I was riding the train and sat down in the seat reserved for disabled, elderly and pregnant women,” she said (she did not share her location).
“It was pretty busy,” she added, “so there were no other seats available.”
“A woman came up to me telling me I needed to move, because she needs that seat and I shouldn’t be sitting there.”
Later, after a few stops, she said “a woman came up to me telling me I needed to move, because she needs that seat and I shouldn’t be sitting there.”
The teenager said she responded that she “was sorry — but I needed the seat myself.”
The woman, the teen continued, “got all argumentive that I just need to get up, because the seat is meant for the elderly and I’m just a lazy child who is more than capable of standing.”
So the teen again “apologized,” but said that she “really needed the seat myself.”