Greta Thunberg shared a picture of herself sitting on the floor of a busy train on her Twitter account while traveling through Germany.
The 16-year-old captioned this post as : “Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!”
This didn’t do down well with the Deutsche Bahn (DB) that was operating the service.
The Twitter account of the company replied to Greta’s tweet: “Dear #Greta, thank you for supporting us railroad workers in the fight against climate change! We were pleased that you were on the ICE 74 with us on Saturday. And with 100 percent green electricity.”
They added: “It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competent you were looked after by our team at your seat in first class. #Greta 2.2”
Greta responded to the tweet: “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!”
Deutsche Bahn (DB) – the company that was operating the service – then released a statement saying Greta and her travel companions “were sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards” and they had acess to extra legroom, free Wi-Fi, newspapers, and complimentary food and drink.
This left divided opinions on the Internet as some criticized Greta for posting the picture of herself sitting on the floor while some supported her.
One user wrote: ‘She has a first class seat but the PR folks who are using her thought sitting on the floor will have more impact to the masses.
Same way they forgot to mention that she is sailing the world on a $15m yacht’.
Another user said: ‘This just gives critics unnecessary grounds for new attacks.
Also it’s easy to see that the train in the picture is not crowded at all, otherwise she wouldn’t even have been able to sit on the floor.
I have travelled in overcrowded trains in Germany. This isn’t one of them.’
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