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Woman sparks debate after putting feet on another passenger after refusing to move seats

Sunday, 19/05/2024, 15:21 (GMT+7)

A woman's rude behavior during a train has sparked intense debate on social media.

A recent incident on a train has sparked a heated debate after a woman, now known as 'Train Karen,' put her feet on another passenger's seat and refused to move. 

The incident, captured in a viral video initially posted on TikTok by user Joséphine Alarie, has garnered significant attention.

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A woman, dubbed 'Train Karen,' put her feet on another passenger's seat and refused to move. Image Credit: TikTok.

Woman sparks debate as she puts her feet on another passenger after refusing to move seats

According to the video, Joséphine was traveling from Harlem to Connecticut on the Metro North train, which was packed at the time. 

After searching for a seat, she finally found one in front of an older lady who was sitting on a two-seater opposite another two-seater. There was plenty of space, as no one was sitting next to or in front of her.

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Joséphine traveled on a crowded Metro North train from Harlem to Connecticut, as seen in the video. Image Credit: TikTok.

However, as soon as Joséphine sat down, the older woman started to object to her seating choice. 

She insisted that Joséphine move to the seat next to her, as she wanted to put her feet where Joséphine was sitting. Joséphine refused, and the situation quickly escalated.

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The older woman objected to Joséphine's seat choice as soon as she sat down. Image Credit: TikTok.

The woman began insulting Joséphine and mumbling to herself. 

She slid down in her seat, fully stretching out her legs and allowing her feet to touch Joséphine's legs. Upset by this, Joséphine asked the woman to stop, but her request was met with defiance.

When the conductor noticed the situation, instead of resolving it, the woman persisted in placing her foot on Joséphine's seat, which resulted in a heated argument. 

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The woman slid down, stretching her legs and touching Joséphine's legs, ignoring her request to stop. Image Credit: TikTok.

Joséphine, who struggles with anxiety, began experiencing an anxiety attack. Shockingly, the woman responded by mocking and disregarding Joséphine's distressing condition.

The police were eventually called, but they could not take any action since the woman had not physically harmed or threatened Joséphine. 

Feeling frustrated, Joséphine decided to report the incident as harassment and assault. 

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Police were called but couldn't take action as the woman didn't physically harm or threaten Joséphine. Image Credit: TikTok.

However, she was informed that the jurisdiction for handling such matters fell under the responsibility of the police officers on the Metro North trains, rather than the NYPD.

After the incident, Joséphine expressed her distress, but people on social media had different opinions. 

Some thought that both women behaved immaturely and believed that Joséphine should have found another seat.

On the other hand, some believed that the woman should have been kicked off the train by the authorities.

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The woman kept her foot on Joséphine's seat, escalating the argument. Image Credit: TikTok.

Very rude to put your feet on a seat, but the younger woman was lying from the get go. There were plenty of empty seats. Makes me think it could have been some kind of set up. Especially the way she did, one user said.

I use to ride this trainline daily. No one sits in the four-seater across from someone if there is an empty seat available. I don't understand why if you have anxiety would want to sit across from someone and have them stare at you for an hour ride, the second user asked.

I'm always kind of shocked when folks put their feet on the seat, their manners are lacking, the third user commented.

She is going to do that to the wrong person one day, and there will be another tragic story for the media, someone said.