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07th Dec 2023

Mum slates elderly couple who refuse to give up train seats she booked for kids

Nina McLaughlin

A mum has sparked debate after slamming an elderly couple who refused to move seats for her kids

Public transport disputes are a dividing force, but the latest argument to hit Twitter has sparked a huge furore.

Amanda Mancino-Williams was left fuming after she was told by an elderly couple that the seats she had booked “didn’t matter”.

She approached the couple to ask them to move as they were sat in the seats she had reserved for her family, but the older pair refused to move.

Taking to Twitter, now called X, to vent her frustration, she wrote: “If a mum with three kids and bags has four reserved seats for a long train journey, and you’re sitting in their seats on a full carriage, don’t tell them that their tickets don’t matter in a posh voice and then say you’re not moving and refuse to make eye contact. Don’t be these people.”

“My 12-year-old is just staring this woman down,”¬†she added, including a photo of her three children cramped on two seats.

“A kind man offered me his seat,” she continued.

“Spoke to conductor who was calm, lovely, and apologetic, said that instead of engaging with them that he was going to move us to an empty table in first class.

“I grabbed our bags and turned to the couple and said, with a smile, ‘Enjoy your seats!'”

Amanda spoke to The Sun about her ordeal.

“Her instant dismissiveness of me and the children told me all I needed to know about her.

“I didn’t feel it was my responsibility to acquiesce to that kind of behaviour. I was shocked and tired.

“Any mother who travels with bags and children knows how your mind is in a thousand places, so things like reserved seats are something you count on.

“They make your journey manageable. I’d booked a table so the children could do their schoolwork.”