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NJ Transit Riders Outraged Over Woman's Refusal to Move Handbag off Seat

The woman who recorded the confrontation said people were irritated with the woman's "inability to act like a normal person"

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    Transit Riders Outraged Over Woman's Refusal to Move Handbag

    A woman refusing to take her handbag off a seat on a crowded train has sparked outrage among fellow New Jersey Transit riders.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A woman refusing to take her handbag off a seat on a crowded train has sparked outrage among fellow New Jersey Transit riders

    • NJ.com reports the unidentified woman was captured on video refusing to move her bag on a Trenton-bound line Wednesday

    • The passenger who recorded the video said riders were "irritated with her inability to act like a normal person"

    A woman refusing to take her handbag off a seat on a crowded train has sparked outrage among fellow New Jersey Transit riders.

    NJ.com reports the unidentified woman was captured on video refusing to move her bag on a Trenton-bound line Wednesday after a conductor and other passengers asked her to.

    The woman could be heard calling another passenger "disgusting" and saying she didn't want anyone sitting next to her.

    "You're not disabled. You're not pregnant. I don't give a f---," the woman says. "I don't want your bed bugs. I don't want your smell."

    Later on in the video, a transit official taps the woman's bag as he asks her to move it. 

    "Don't put your hands on my stuff," she responds. 

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    NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic says police asked the woman to exit the train at Newark Penn Station. But Torbic says the woman didn't cooperate with police and left on her own.

    Thaedra Frangos, who recorded the confrontation, praised NJ Transit's handling of the situation.

    "No one was angry at [NJ Transit]," Frangos told NJ.com. "[We were] just irritated with her inability to act like a normal person on public transportation."

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