A German railway company and teen activist, Greta Thunberg, who also happens to be President Donald Trump’s favorite punching bag at the moment, are having an odd war of words.
In several tweets posted on social media over the weekend, Thunberg and the local rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, have been calling each other liars. By the looks of things, the finger-pointing will continue throughout the week.
It all started after Thunberg toot to Twitter, where she shared a photo of herself sitting the floor of a crowded train.
The 16-year-old, who had been traveling throughout Europe and the United States, was actually on the train heading home to Sweden after attending the COP 25 UN climate conference in Madrid.
Thunberg, who was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, mainly does her traveling via boats and trains to reduce her carbon footprint.
For example, her trip from Europe to the United States was made via a solar-powered catamaran.
In the photo, the climate activist can be seen on the ground surrounded by bags and enjoying the scenery out the window.
She captioned the picture: “Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!”
Deutsche Bahn quickly took note that the tweet would become a PR nightmare for them because Thunberg was insinuating that they poorly accommodated her during her trip to Stockholm.
Additionally, the rail company has had some issues in the past few years for their hikes in ticket fares and many cancellations.
The train company rapidly touted their ow horns by pointing out the ICE 74 train Thunberg took was 100 percent electric.
The company also thanked the controversial young figure for her relentless battle against climate change. Their message towards Time Magazine’s Person of the Year about running 100 percent on eco-friendly electricity read: “Dear #Greta, thank you for supporting us rail workers in the fight against climate change! We were pleased that you were on the ICE 74 with us on Saturday. 100 percent green electricity.”
Traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home! pic.twitter.com/ssfLCPsR8o
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 14, 2019
The tweet won the young lady’s approval as she was quick to clarify her initial statement: “Our train from Basel was taken out of traffic. So we sat on the floor on 2 different trains. After Göttingen I got a seat. This is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!”
However, for some unknown reason, the drama did not end there — while Deutsche Bahn is eco-friendly, they are not all that friendly to people who muddy their name.
On Monday, the Deutsche Bahn revealed that they had a change of heart and decided to go after Thunberg’s “overcrowded” claims and exposed her.
The company revealed that Thunberg and her team had seats in first-class between Kassel and Hamburg and added in their passive-aggressive message: “It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently our team served you at your seat in first class.”
Thunberg has been grabbing a lot of headlines lately.