Climate change activist and TIME’s “Person of the Year” Greta Thunberg found herself in hot water after posting a photo of her sitting on the floor of a Deutsche-Bahn train, complaining it was “overcrowded.”
“Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!” Thunberg said in a tweet.
However, Deutsche Bahn didn’t seem to appreciate the jab at their railway, quickly responding to the 16-year-old.
“Dear Greta, thanks for supporting us railroaders in the fight against climate change. We were happy that you were traveling with us Saturday in ICE 74,” Deutche Bahn said, according to The Guardian. “And that’s with 100% sustainable electricity.”
They didn’t stop there, adding: “It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently you were taken care of by our team in your seat in first class.”
Ouch. Thunberg — or her aides — began damage-control shortly after the blistering message from Deutsche Bahn.
“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,” Thunberg said in statement on Sunday. “This is no problem of course and I never said it was.”
“Overcrowded trains is a great sign,” she added, “because it means the demand for train travel is high!”
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
The railway’s claim that Thunberg was treated “friendly and competently” was additionally confirmed by The Guardian, who said she received first-class service after being recognized.
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