South West Trains Apologises After Announcer Tells Fat Passengers Not to Sit Down

Passengers on the South West Train service from Basingstoke to London Waterloo were left in shock after an announcer took to the tannoy to say that fat people should remain standing because of lack of space, the Daily Mail reports.

On the packed commuter service, a member of staff reportedly said: “We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters. If you are fat then it is simply not going to work.”

One passenger was left furious by the announcement, saying: “I am not necessarily a big person but most people are larger than those seats anyway. It’s pretty disgusting. I would get fired if I said that at my work.”

The train company apologised, and said that if the comment had been made it was “unacceptable”.