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A woman has sparked a debate on tube etiquette after giving up her seat on the London Underground for a young boy.
The woman involved said the boy's mother asked her to let her son sit down because he was "just a child".
She later questioned whether she made the right decision.
The post led to some debating in what circumstance an adult should give up a seat for a child, while others shared their experiences of being asked to stand.
Describing the incident on Reddit, the woman said: “On the busy tube and managed to get a seat when a woman tells me give my seat to her son because ‘he’s just a child’.
“He looked 10 years old and she didn’t say he needed a seat for any particular reason.
“I stared at her in disbelief and didn’t even know what to say and then she raised her voice at me and told to get up. So I just got up and looked around and everyone seemed just as mystified.”
Some suggested certain situations they would give their seat to a child
The woman, who in another comment said she was 24, said as she stood she wondered whether she had handled the situation appropriately.
She added: “Now I’m on the train home thinking, ‘why did I get up?!’ Is a child more entitled to a seat just because they’re a child? Or am I wrong?”
As she was asked the passenger had contemplated saying no and said: “When I was standing I was shaking from the adrenaline of actually almost saying something.”
Following on from this, some said they would have stood up for a variety of reasons.
Some said their actions would have been to simply avoid confrontation, whereas others said there may have been a reason the child needed the seat which was not obvious on first sight.
A number of parents responded, stating their children were sometimes offered seats but generally when they were younger.
“My 3 yr old often gets offered a seat, the boys at 6 and 12 are old enough to hold on and stand,” one wrote.