American soldier finally gets a seat on a packed train using this strange method.
A World War Two American soldier had been on the front lines in Europe for three months. He was finally given a week of rest and relaxation.
He caught a supply boat to a base in the south of England and went on a train to London. The train was very crowded so he couldn’t find a seat.
He was tired, but walked the length of the train looking for any place to sit down. Finally he found a place with seats facing each other. However there was only room for two people on each seat.
On one side sat only a proper looking older British lady. However her small dog lay in the empty seat next to her.
“Could I please sit in that seat” he asked.
The lady was insulted. “You Americans are so rude,” she said. “Can’t you see my dog is sitting there”?
He walked through the train some more and still could not find a seat. He found himself back at the same place.
“Lady, I love dogs – have a couple at home – so I would be glad to hold your dog so I can sit down” he said.
The lady replied “You Americans are not only rude, but you are also arrogant,” she said.
He leaned against the wall for a time, but was so tired he finally said, “Lady, I’ve been on the front lines in Europe for three months without a decent rest. Could I please sit there and hold your dog?”
The lady replied “You Americans are not only rude and arrogant, you are also obnoxious.”
With that comment, the soldier calmly stepped in, picked up the dog, threw it out the widow, and sat down. The lady was speechless.
An older, neatly dressed Englishman sitting across on the other seat spoke up.
“Young man, I do not know if all you Americans fit the lady’s description of you or not. But I do know that you Americans do a lot of things wrong.
You drive on the wrong side of the road, you hold your fork with the wrong hand, and now you have just thrown the wrong bitch out of the window.”