An elderly woman has caused outrage after a video emerged of her appearing to sit on a boy’s lap on a crowded bus.
The pensioner was on board the route 313 bus in Yiwu, China’s Zhejiang province, when she tried to squeeze into the window seat where a little boy was sitting during rush hour on Monday.
Footage captured by fellow passengers shows the elderly woman telling the boy’s mother to make her son give up his seat.
The mother, who can be seen wearing a polka dot top, refuses and in response, the pensioner forcefully sits on the boy’s lap.
The boy had no choice but to move out of the seat and stand next to his mother, who was reportedly carrying a younger child in her arm, a passenger told Southern Metropolitan Post.
He told the paper: “The child looks about seven or eight years old. The mother and her two child are sharing two seats on the bus.
“The elderly woman walks past the mother and stands in front of the child and sits down. The mother told her ‘if you want to take my son’s seat, you can tell me, you don’t have to squeeze in here and sit without asking’.
“But the pensioner didn’t seem to care and said the child can either stand up or sit in-between them.
“The mother had no choice but to pull her son close to her.”
Other passengers allegedly told the pensioner that the child was not obliged to give up his seat to the elderly.
The 70-second clip was shared onto Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter , where web users blasted the pensioner for her behaviour.
One said: “That is not a priority seat, why should the boy give up his seat to her?”
Another wrote: “She can’t do that because she is an elderly, there’s are people with special needs as well. Shame on you!”
The bus company was alerted to the video circulating on social media and are still tracking down the specific bus where the incident took place.