Video shows passengers on L.A. bus outraged by woman who refused to give up her seat for man in wheelchair

Hope Schreiber
The Metro Bus on South Hill Street. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)
The Metro Bus on South Hill Street. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)

Listen, it’s pretty rare in Los Angeles — where traffic is enough to drive you to tears — for a commuter to be happy to take the bus. But generally they grin and bear it and try to at least show common decency to their fellow riders on public transportation.

However, not all passengers follow the same personal code of conduct. On Wednesday morning, a bystander filmed a standoff between a woman and several other people on a bus in Los Angeles when she refused to move from the priority seating to another of the many open seats so a man in a wheelchair could board the bus, KTLA reported.

The video was recorded on a Los Angeles Metro bus in the Gardena area. The footage shows a woman shaking her head and saying, “I don’t care,” when she’s told a man in a wheelchair will not be able to take the bus if she doesn’t move because her seat was the only spot in the vehicle where he could ride safely.

Naturally, other passengers on the bus were shocked at the woman’s refusal. One woman, who was clearly frustrated by the situation, can be heard saying, “Why don’t you get your a** out the chair?” and “You know you’re wrong. Somebody needs to snatch your a** … ’cause you’re out of line.”

Someone directly behind her even stands up to offer the woman his seat, but she still refuses to move. The bus was forced to a standstill for 10 minutes, according to KTLA.

Ultimately, the man in the wheelchair was forced to wait outside in the heat for the next bus to arrive.

Priority seating on L.A. buses is reserved for seniors and people with disabilities. While the woman, who appeared to be a senior, may have been within her rights to stay seated, it is still shocking that she would not give up her place, the only area a person in a wheelchair could sit, for another available seat nearby.

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