'Angry' Cyclist Sparks Outrage By Laying Across Seats On Train During Peak Hour
Cyclists get a bad rap around the world for being terrible road users, but it's only a few people who give the rest of the community a terrible name.
Like this guy in New Zealand, who was pictured lying across a bunch of seats on a train and refused to get up for anyone.
According to the NZ Herald, the cyclist got on the early morning commuter train and immediately laid down to have a kip across the seats. At the next stop, a woman with a baby boarded the train and were left to stand in the crowded train carriage.
Naturally, when you see a mum with a baby or anyone who might need the seat more than you, you jump up and offer it.
But not this guy.
Passenger Stuart Dawson hopped on the 7.18am train on Auckland's Onehunga line and grabbed the train manager to let them know there was a cyclist who refused to move. However, when confronted, the cyclist became angry, refused to move, and started verbally abusing the train employee.
Dawson told the NZ Herald: "He went up and asked the cyclist to move and the guy just said, 'Get f***ed'. He said that a couple of times.
"The manager then said, 'If you continue doing that I'll let you off at the next stop'.
"The cyclist repeated what he said, saying 'f*** off' and went back to sleep. The manager then walked off and did absolutely nothing."
Mr Dawson claimed that because the train was running during peak hour, there weren't many seats available. That meant that there was nowhere for the mum and child to go that wouldn't leave the pram obstructing others.
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He added that the mother looked really irritated by the whole situation.
Stuart continued: "The train manager actually went up to ask her if she was OK. She wasn't happy and looked rather uncomfortable. [The cyclist] was not a nice character to deal with."
Since the confrontation took place, Mr Dawson said the mum and her baby haven't been on the same train since, despite seeing her several times.
He added: "I guess the passenger may have been put off catching that particular train."
Transdev, the company that operates the Auckland Transport lines, said that they were happy with how the staff member reacted and that they were aware of the incident.
A spokesperson said: "Anti-social behaviour like this is uncommon on rail services. We take every precaution to ensure the safety of our customers.
"These include conflict resolution and customer service training for our staff. Train managers are supported by staff in other roles in deterring anti-social behaviour.
"On-board staff will call police when an incident justifies this.
"We are pleased the train manager followed her training by checking on the needs of the affected customer, and that the situation did not escalate."
Featured Image Credit: NZ Herald