A 23-year-old Glasgow woman was escorted from a train by rail staff on London’s District Line yesterday morning after a number of passengers complained that she had made repeated eye contact with them.
Tracy McDell, a solicitor’s clerk who is in London visiting friends, was bundled from the carriage at Whitechapel station and dragged up two flights of stairs before being thrown into the street.
One passenger, who was on the train when the incident took place, told newsmen: “This woman boarded at Victoria and immediately started making eye contact with people opposite and even with passengers who were standing close to the doors.
“It was so brazen. Some people had to hide behind newspapers or bury their faces in their phones. I even saw one man leave the carriage at Temple to get away from her. I’m pretty certain he was crying.”
Transport For London issued a brief statement last night: “Eye contact, whether it’s on the tube network or our bus and network rail services, will not be tolerated.
“We urge passengers to report anybody who looks up from the ground, or stops pretending to read the overhead ads in order to make eye contact with other passengers, to a member of our staff immediately so that the necessary steps can be taken.”
This latest incident comes just 2 weeks after a 30-year-old man from the north of England was thrown off a moving bus in Pimlico, West London, by a TFL ticket inspector after fellow passengers complained that he’d said good morning to an elderly woman he had just sat down next to.