Twitter spats can get both dirty and embarrassing, and for Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, it surely got embarrassing when she indulged in one with German railway service Deutsche Bahn.
Thunberg, actually, provoked a clever reaction form from Germany’s oft-maligned rail operator when she tweeted from a DB train on her journey back home from COP25 climate summit.
Thunberg, sharing a picture of her, wrote in a tweet that “Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!”.
Responding to the same, DB made her recall the first class ride she had taken on her journey through Germany.
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“Dear Greta, thanks for supporting us railway workers in our fight against climate change. We are happy that you travelled with us on the ICE 174 on Saturday,” replied DB’s official account in German.
“It would have been nicer if you had also mentioned the friendly and competent manner in which you were treated by staff at your seat in first class,” they added.
DB then also added a tweet with a press release, in which they added that Greta’s travel companions “were sitting in first class from Frankfurt onwards”.
However, Great clarified that she had found a seat at a stop after Frankfurt. “Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!” she added.
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Greta has been travelling across continents in recent months to participate at a UN climate summit in New York and the hastily rearranged the COP25 summit in Madrid. She had decided not to fly to the events.
The climate change activist was also named the 2019 Time’s Person Of The Year