Train passenger fined $478 in China

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Chinese train passenger fined $478

The debate about whether it's okay to recline a seat while traveling, continue. In November, a court in China ruled on an incident that occurred in March 2022. A university student's personal laptop was damaged while traveling by train to Wuhan, according to court documents.

An unsuspecting student was using his newly bought laptop on a folding table from the back of the chair in front, when the man occupying that seat leaned back sharply. There was a crunch, the cause of which turned out to be a broken laptop screen.

I had to carry a non-working gadget for repair, which was done. Subsequently, the student sued the culprit. Amount 4,788.50 yuan — $685 — fully covered the cost of repairs and a trip to the police station to report the incident.

However, the District Court ruled that both parties should be held responsible for what happened: “neighbor”; he was guilty of 70 percent for reclining the back, and the student — by 30, because he himself should have been more careful.

As a result, 3,341.45 yuan (478.15 US dollars) — exactly 70 percent of the amount requested by the victims.

In its decision, the court noted that notices were posted on the train reminding passengers to ask a neighbor in the back before reclining the seatback.

And although this case seems to be a single one, the general discussion around the question: “To recline or not to recline?” has been going on for a very long time. It's just that, until now, it has only occurred on airplanes.

But as more airlines move away from short-haul flights and encourage travelers to make greener choices in favor of train travel, similar conflicts between passengers on the railroad will continue to arise. more often.

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