I’ve just watched the much talked about video of a young man being thrown off a train by a fellow passenger for not having a valid ticket and I have to say I’m horrified.
There are no excuses for the way the young man behaved. Using the F word to someone in the course of their work is just not on. Nor is trying to take a train journey without paying the fare.
However, for a fellow passenger to literally take the guy by the scruff of the neck and put him off the train in such a manner was just as out of order. I suspect that if the young guy had a valid ticket, we’d have seen it by now, but even so, there was no reason for that level of physical abuse. Apart from anything else, it was ill advised.
I just don’t think it’s for members of the public to take the law into their own hands like that. Fair enough, if he’d been violent towards the conductor, then step in to stop someone getting hurt, but if he really wasn’t for moving, the appropriate thing to do would have been to call the Police and get them to sort it out. This whole thing could have had much more serious repercussions and somebody could have been badly hurt. I think the Scotrail conductor was wrong to accept the offer of help he received to have the guy removed.
If you choose to manhandle a stranger like that, you have no idea what could happen, what chain of events that could set off. I have no time for people who use aggression to try and get their way, whether they are on the “right” side or not.
Here’s the whole thing copied from here on You Tube:
What do you think?