On December 15, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg posted a tweet about her return from Madrid to Stockholm on “crowded trains.” The girl travels by train, because she abandoned the aircraft for environmental reasons. Tunberg attached a photo from a trip to Germany, where she sits with things on the floor of the car.
From the picture it was possible to decide that because of too many passengers Greta did not get a seat, and she spent the whole trip on the floor. Because of this, commentators began to write Tunberg words of support, and some Germans even apologized for the work of the local railway concern Deutsche Bahn.
A few hours later, Deutsche Bahn reacted to the activist post by tweeting her. Representatives of the railway company thanked the girl for the fight against climate change and the choice of the “ecological train”, but added: “It would be even better if you also told how competent and friendly the team that served you in the first-class carriage was.”
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) 15 December 2019
Deutsche Bahn told the media that Greta Tunberg traveled first class on the Kassel-Hamburg route, and her team members took places in first class in Frankfurt. The company did not specify whether it was the entire route of the 16-year-old activist on Deutsche Bahn trains or only part.
After the answer, the railway company in social networks began to criticize Tunberg, calling the photo on the floor the trip “PR-trick”.
So basically Greta lied about sitting on the floor of an “overcrowded” train. She had a seat in first class. Pure PR stunt. https://t.co/4Cb4eZaEc9— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) 15 December 2019
That is, Greta lied that she was sitting on the floor of a crowded train. She had a place in first grade.
Thunberg later answered Deutsche Bahn: according to her, she really sat in the first class, but got a place only in the German city of Gottingen. And before that, the activist was sitting on the floor in two different trains. The girl emphasized that overcrowding of trains was never a problem for her – on the contrary, she was glad that people increasingly choose this type of transport.
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) 15 December 2019
Our train from Basel was canceled. Therefore, we sat on the floor in two different trains. After Göttingen, I got a place. Of course, this is not a problem, and I have never argued otherwise. Overcrowded trains are a great sign because it means a high demand for train travel!