Mother and baby told to leave first class train carriage by angry passengers video

Who was in the right here?
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Who was in the right here?

A mother faced off with a first-class train passenger when she took a priority seat without paying for the premium ticket.

Bickering broke out among the two British women when the mother tried to take a seat and the older woman questioned her right to be there.

The bickering turned into squalling, with the first-class passenger saying she did not want a "screaming baby" next to her.

"People have actually paid to sit in this class," she added.

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The passenger continued her efforts to deter the mother from sitting there. She told her she had a "stinking cold" and that she should "respect her betters".

"I don't want to sit next to a screaming baby!"
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"I don't want to sit next to a screaming baby!"

The mother however, was unmoved, saying she didn't care about the cold.

"Your baby probably does," the woman responded.

"He's behaving better than you!" the mother said.

"I'm sorry for breathing your first class air," she said when another passenger questioned why she was sitting in first class.

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The awkward display happened earlier this week, on a Southern Rail train service in the UK when a strike disrupted some train services in the area.

The Guardian reported that the Southern Rail strike had caused the "worst disruption in 20 years". The mother said seats were unavailable and, as she had a baby, she needed a seat somewhere.

Most passengers in first class appeared to agree with her, as they started to defend her in the video.

The tiff finally ended with another passenger offering the mother a spare seat next to him.

"In all the years I've travelled in first class, I've never seen something like that," he said in apology to the mother.

A spokesperson for Southern Rail told the Mirror only first class passengers should be sitting in the first class carriage.

"Passengers using priority seats in first class should still have a valid first class ticket unless first class has been declassified due to disruption," a spokesperson said.

 - Stuff

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