Woman Goes Viral After Refusing to Move From First Class Seat So Family Can Sit Together, “No Is a Complete Sentence”

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Three stills from three separate TikToks from the same woman. In the first, she is sitting on a plane with the caption "I am not a villain for not moving from the seat in first class I paid full fare for. I'm also a mom so it's called planning ahead." In the other two screenshots, she is sitting at home and appears to be speaking into the camera.

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A family on Maresa Friedman’s flight did not, which led to a situation that went more viral than the passengers ever could’ve imagined. Friedman originally posted a short video from the airplane on TikTok (@maresasd):

@maresasd

I’m sorry moms and families but as a fellow mom I’m not a villain for not giving up my seat

♬ original sound – Maresa Friedman | Strategy

“I am not a villain for not moving from the seat in first class I paid full fare for. 🖕 I’m also a mom so it’s called PLANNING AHEAD,” Friedman wrote.

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The video received three and a half million views, thousands of comments, and hundreds of response videos. Many called Friedman selfish for not giving up the seat, while others said she was entitled to the seat she paid for.

In a follow-up video, Friedman explained that a family asked her to move into a different seat so that they could sit together:

@maresasd

Replying to @acdaniel1987 ok here’s the skinny and my thoughts ❤️

♬ original sound – Maresa Friedman | Strategy

Friedman said no. Instead, she suggested the family ask three passengers from the coach if they’d like to sit in their first-class seats, and then they could sit together in coach class. But the family was unhappy with this suggestion and was angry with her for not moving. Most commenters agreed it wasn’t her responsibility to fix the other family’s problem.

“Idk why something about the airport people always feel like their emergency outweighs everyone else,” @baggysweats wrote.

“Her money, her seats, her choice, end of discussion. Anything else, talk to the hand!” @jonoscuba said.

However, some still disagreed. Brian Pakpour (@brithefamilyguy) shared the video with commentary:

@maresasd

#duet with @brithefamilyguy #Stitch hey there it’s your favorite elitist

♬ original sound – Brian Pakpour

Pakpour said the video “triggered” him, and he would gladly switch a first-class seat, even if it were just because someone preferred a window to an aisle. “You’re going to be so elitist that you’re like, ‘No, I got my seat, that’s it,’ and everybody in the comments is like, ‘Rah!’”

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“You interpreting my behavior as elitist is not actually compassionate,” Friedman replied. “Maybe there are specific reasons as to why I choose my seats, perhaps my disability being one of them AND I hope this made you feel amazing!”

This video was met with even more support. Friedman later shared a video thanking everyone for the comments:

@maresasd

Great learning here: no is a complete sentence

♬ original sound – Maresa Friedman | Strategy

“No is a complete sentence,” Friedman said of what she learned from the experience.

Would you have moved in Friedman’s place? 

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