Strictly Come Dancing‘s Louis Smith has claimed that he was the victim of racial profiling while travelling on Virgin Trains.
The Olympian recalled taking an “interesting and political” train journey as he said that he and another black passenger were the only two people asked to show their tickets in first class.
The train company has since apologised and promised an investigation into the incident.
Louis wrote on Twitter: “The man serving tea and coffee is working his way down the 1st CLASS carriage when he serves the man next to me randomly asks for his ticket to prove he’s in 1st class then he serves the lady behind me to where he goes back to just serving teas and coffee.
“When he gets to me he asks if I want any I decline he then asks if I have a 1st class ticket I said yes!! He said can I see it I said yes but don’t you believe me. I show him he accepts it and carries on serving!!”
Louis went on to say that the waiter served the “next 3-4 people”, but didn’t ask them if they were “supposed to be in 1st class or to show proof of ticket”.
He continued tweeting: “Well the gentleman kindly asks why that is and the waiter says it’s my choice who I ask. Well the quite upset and understandably intrigued gentleman asks why he’s only asked the only 2 black passengers if they are meant to be in first class and to prove it.. yikes!!
“This escalated quickly .. is it just a coincidence or not, what do you think!?
“So the gentleman just went and spoke to the train manager aboard this @Virgin_TrainsEC and the manager said it’s was wrong and apologised for the mans behaviour and to Tweet and complain, the waitor isn’t allowed to check tickets anyway but can ask if your seated in 1st class!!”
In response, the official Virgin Trains East Coast Twitter account posted to Louis: “Please accept my sincerest apologies for this. I have spoken to the Train Manager on this service at length about what has happened and there will be a complaint logged and investigated.”
A spokesman added: “We’re extremely sorry for the experience of Louis and fellow passengers.
“We are looking into the incident as a matter of urgency.”
Source: Read Full Article