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.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com'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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