A train passenger who complained about a man sitting opposite him wearing a dress was just seriously schooled by the company he alerted to the ‘problem’.
On 4 August, Twitter user Gary J Cocker contacted TransPennine Express (TPE) via the social media platform:
Evening @TPExpressTrains – 'Guy' on the seat opposite me is wearing stockings and a dress – what is that all about ?? 😳
— Gas_Cooker (@Gaz_Cocks) August 4, 2016
The customer assistance team promptly replied:
Probably something to do with it being the 21st century now. As long as they have a ticket, everyone is welcome on our trains ^ZS
— TPE Customer Assist (@TPEassist) August 4, 2016
The initial tweet, and the cutting response from TPE, didn’t go unnoticed by other Twitter users:
Bahahah, schooled! Can't handle the fabulousness of people living their own lives, eh? pic.twitter.com/TK90C8CGtW
— Huld Märtha 🏳️🌈💪💀 (@Magnulus) August 4, 2016
Nicely played, TPE, nicely played
— Robert – Lord Commander of the Pacers (@PacerCommander) August 4, 2016
I love this!!!!! Fantastic response!! Sad people are still living in the stone age days
— Kevsie (@Kevsie) August 5, 2016
Cocker pleaded innocence, claiming he had merely made a “light comment”. He insisted it was “just a joke”, and seemingly continued to think it was ‘funny’ to refer to respondents as “bender boy” and “belboy”.
But those who bore witness to the event didn’t seem to share his humour. The idea that ridiculing someone because they didn’t sit with this individual’s idea of what was a “guy” was well and truly rejected.
As a lesson in tolerance this is, quite simply, fabulous.
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