A video has gone viral showing an older man, presumably in his 60s, hitting a young woman who would not give him her seat on a bus in Zhengzhou, according to a report on sina.com.
The man grabbed the woman’s hair, struck her and dragged her from the seat. Several passengers got up and separated them. The man quickly jumped out of the bus after the fight.
The video shows the woman trying to chase after the man, but she is stopped by other passengers. Angered and upset, she says: “This is too much! ”
Most passengers on the bus were also upset by the man's conduct.
The 33-second video was re-tweeted over 200 times in the first hour after it was posted on Dahe News’s official Weibo account on Sunday morning. It quickly went viral and has now attracted nearly 7,000 comments.
There are frequent discussions on the issue of giving up seats to elderly people in China. While this is generally encouraged on public transport, it is also a frequent cause of conflict.
Many netizens responding to the video, criticised the man’s behaviour. “He is taking advantage of his seniority. This man is obviously fit judging by the way he hit the girl. This is a public assault and should be reported to police.”
Some said they could identify with the plight of the woman. “Many people give up their seats for people, but they seldom receive any thanks,” one said.
However, another netizen shared a story of giving up a seat to an elderly person, who returned it after hearing her say during a phone call that she had a stomach ache.
Another said; “Giving up seats to the elderly is a virtue, not an obligation.”