Furious mother-of-three slams elderly couple for refusing to move from the seats she reserved

Daily Mail Online 3 weeks ago

A furious mother-of-three has slammed an elderly couple for not moving from seats she had reserved for her and her family.

Amanda Mancino-Williams claimed the couple refused to move after she advised them that she had pre-booked seats on the packed train from Cheltenham to Nottingham.

The 37-year-old said the couple had 'posh accents' and had told her that her reserved tickets 'didn't matter'.

Once Amanda consulted the train conductor on Tuesday afternoon she was offered four seats in first class with her children.

Amanda had reserved seats on the train and the couple above had refused to move from them
Amanda had reserved seats on the train and the couple above had refused to move from them
Her three children (pictured above) were forced to cram onto two seats, after the couple said their seats 'didn't matter'
Her three children (pictured above) were forced to cram onto two seats, after the couple said their seats 'didn't matter'

Outraged by the incident the writer took a picture of the couple, and of her three children sharing two seats, after they were alleged to refuse to move to another part of the train.

Posting on Twitter, Amanda said: 'If a mum with 3 kids and bags has 4 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.'

She then posted a follow-up tweet of her children sitting cramped, with her 12-year-old 'staring the couple down'.

She added: 'I would always give up a seat, reserved or not, for someone wo needed it more. But for her to tell me that my tickets meant nothing and then refuse to acknowledge me? Do people just expect you to slink away?'

Amanda set out her case against the couple in a series of tweets (pictured above)
Amanda set out her case against the couple in a series of tweets (pictured above) 

Speaking to the Sun, a spokesperson for CrossCountry trains said the family had been 'let down by others who ignore the labels'.

Her original tweet has since received nearly 2,000 comments and nearly 17,000 likes.

Also speaking to the Sun, she claimed she had showed the couple her ticket, who told her they 'wouldn't be moving'.

Amanda now says there is no point in reserving a seat if people can take them away at anytime, but claimed that if the couple had wanted to seats for a good reason, then she would have given them up for her. 

People on Twitter were quick to jump to Amanda's side with many saying the family had worked out better off as they had been upgraded to first class
People on Twitter were quick to jump to Amanda's side with many saying the family had worked out better off as they had been upgraded to first class 

'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.'

This is while many social media users were quick to jump to Amanda's defence with some saying respect works both ways.

One user said: 'We are all, rightly, taught to respect our elders. Respect works both ways! I would have sat on the table and peered into her eyes.'

This is while another added: 'Pleased to see the conductor sorted it. The comments about bad manners from the young are frequent. I often find the older generation can be just as guilty. Not all of course, but some stubborn cretins.' 


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