Commuter’s act of kindness goes viral after he sits in an empty seat next to a Muslim woman wearing a niqab on a packed train when other passengers ostracised her.
A Muslim woman wearing in a niqab was ostracised on a packed train by commuters who refused to sit next to her, until a kind stranger intervened.
Dante Jamie Coyne, from Woking, said he was surprised to find no one would sit next to her on the Monday morning train and went over to take a seat.
He posted what happened on Facebook which has now been liked more than 44,000 times.
A Muslim woman in a veil was left ostracised on a packed train by commuters who refused to sit next to her, until Dante Jamie Coyne sat next to her
Dante posted what happened on Facebook on Monday which has gone viral after receiving over 40,000 likes
Dante posted on Facebook: ‘Now everyone who knows me can fully support I joke about pretty much anything and everything, I do not offend intentionally and I would never make someone uncomfortable on purpose.
‘I jump on a busy train this morning and everyone made it beyond obvious they would not sit in this section of 6 seats, I loudly announced “I’ll sit here then” and took my seat.
‘We said nothing the entire journey but as she got off train she nodded at me and heard a very quiet “thank you”.
Dante has been hailed as a gentleman by many commenting on his Facebook status
‘Guys dont be so judgemental.’
He included the #DontJudgeByTheBooksCover in his status which has also been shared over 4,000 times.
The story has resonated with many people and the status posted on Monday, which has 44,107 likes, has had comments from women with similar stories.
Women posted they had received similar treatment to the woman when they wore a hijab
One woman posted she ‘couldn’t help but cry’ because of his kind gesture
While one woman said the people in the carriage had no heart and called Dante a ‘decent guy’
Dante was overwhelmed by the attention and said he was taking a break from Facebook but hoped ‘in time I see others do this more often’
After his post went viral, Dante was overwhelmed by the attention.
He thanked people who had got in touch and said: ‘I hope in time I see others do this more often.’
He posted he would be taking a break from Facebook after the interest he has received since he posted the status.