Train Company Hits Back At Greta Thunberg As She Posts Photo Of Her Sitting On The Floor

Max JenkinsMax Jenkins in News, World
Published 16.12.19

Greta Thunberg is under fire from a German train company after she claimed she couldn’t get a seat on their service.

She roasts capitalism. She roasts industrialisation. She roasts Donald Trump. Now, Greta Thunberg has gone full Toby Carvery on a German train system for being too crowded on her journey back to snowy Sweden.

Or that’s how it was interpreted by Deutsche Bahn, the second largest transport company in the world, after Greta posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of what appears to be a buffet car.


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Tweeted on Saturday, the caption reads:

‘Travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!’ 

It appears that Greta is doing her usual of just speaking everyone’s mind when it comes to problems that could be easily sorted, like the public transport system, but her tone was not well received by Deutsche Bahn on account of the fact they upgraded her to First Class when they realised she was on board.


In the response, Deutsche Bahn said:

‘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.

‘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.’

Ouch. Can anyone else smell burning?


Greta was quick to point out that she wasn’t trying to be rude and that she was very grateful for the upgrade, which included free Wi-Fi, top quality seating and gratis food and drink. She explained:

‘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!’

This was all during her commute home to Sweden from giving a speech in Turin, Italy. If she thought that was bad, she should try the fifteen minute journey from Cardiff Central to Newport at rush hour on a weekday. She’d be lucky to even find space on the floor…


Folks were already confused by Greta’s attitude during her Turin speech, in which she told adoring crowds that she would ‘put leaders to the wall’ if they kept ignoring her pleas to address the climate emergency.

Although she later apologised and explained that the phrase is common in Sweden as a metaphor for holding people to account, folks interpreted it as just being another way of saying ‘put them to the noose’ or some other odd maxim that involves killing people who disagree with her.

Somehow, I doubt Greta Thunberg and John McDonnell have an awful lot in common, so we should probably just take her word for it.


Greta has already built up a strong portfolio of spats to last her a lifetime, with one of the more famous ones including the time that Jeremy Clarkson referred to her as ‘mad and dangerous’ earlier this month.

The comments came after he accused her of ‘killing the car show’ due to a perceived lack of interest in motor vehicles among those under the age of twenty-five since she came on the scene.


Despite agreeing that climate change needs to be addressed, Clarkson criticised Greta’s campaign methods, saying:

For the first time ever, we’ve had global warming rammed down our throats — and we’ve not been idiotic, it’s very definitely a thing. You can change your mind.

‘Only an idiot doesn’t change their mind when faced with irrefutable evidence. The question is, what to do about it? That’s a more interesting debate than what is happening.


[Greta’s] an idiot. Going round saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear.’

This comes from a man who punched an assistant for not getting him a steak sandwich when he wanted one, but whatever.