WATCH: Train Trouble, Britain vs. America

Confrontation on the Scotrail

A video of a passenger violently ejecting an alleged fare dodger and student from a Scottish train has become a viral phenomenon and a major controversy in the UK. Police are reportedly investigating Alan Pollock, the 35-year-old man seen dragging and body-slamming 19-year-old Sam Main after the young student swore at an elderly ticket taker on December 9. Watch the clip below. Warning: it is a bit disturbing:

Some of Mr. Pollock’s fellow passengers gave him a round of applause after the incident — but what do you think?

This clip didn’t spark quite the controversy, but here’s a loud-talking but “well-educated” passenger tangling with a ticket taker on a Metro North train here in the New York area.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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