On December 15th, Greta Thunberg took a “friendly stab” at Germany’s rail operator, Deutsche Bahn about her train being overcrowded.
She then said that it was something good, showing that it was a positive sign that people preferred the cleaner way of travel.
Our train from Basel was taken out of traffic. So we sat on the floor on 2 different trains. After Göttingen I got a seat.This is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 15, 2019
In response, Deutsche Bahn responded on Twitter, thanking her for using their services, but reminding her that she shouldn’t forget to mention the good service she received in first class.
Noch schöner wäre es gewesen, wenn Du zusätzlich auch berichtet hättest, wie freundlich und kompetent Du von unserem Team an Deinem Sitzplatz in der Ersten Klasse betreut worden bist. #Greta 2/2
— Deutsche Bahn AG (@DB_Presse) December 15, 2019
“Dear Greta, thank you for supporting us railroaders in the fight against climate change! We were happy that you travelled with us on Saturday in the ICE 74 … but it would have been even nicer, had you also reported how friendly and competently you were looked after by our team at your seat in the first class.”
Deutsche Bahn has a bad reputation for late, canceled and overcrowded trains.
In 2019, Deutsche Bahn introduced a new online booking system that warns customers which trains are expected to be packed. However, the warning system has been criticized for its inaccuracy, with empty trains having been reported full and packed trains shown having vacant seats.
However, Greta was caught in a lie, which she later attempted to clumsily remedy. The eco-activist was returning home from the UN conference on climate change through Germany. She complained that the trains were crowded, so she had to ride on the floor for her trip.
It turned out that it was for a short while, and she, otherwise, travelled in first class.
DB confirmed that Greta had travelled first class between the cities of Kassel and Hamburg. Greta responded swiftly, suggesting that DB had overreacted to her tweet by inferring that she had criticized the company for running an overcrowded service.
This is not the first time that Greta has been accused of hypocrisy.
For the climate protests in New York, the girl went on a yacht, since it is more environmentally friendly. At the same time, the captain of the ship flew back home on an airplane.
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