A Merseyrail passenger has lodged a furious complaint with the rail company after they fined him £60 for putting his feet up on a metal frame on board a train.
Adrian Quinn, from Doncaster, was travelling from Kirkby towards Liverpool Central on July 25 when he claimed he was approached by two Merseyrail workers who asked for his address.
The 52-year-old said he "wouldn't dream" of resting his feet on the seat, and had them resting on a metal barrier opposite him.
He said: "I just think they're taking things a bit too far now, I would not dream of putting my feet up on the seat.
"It was nowhere near the seat, I despise people that put their feet up on the seats, my feet were nowhere near.
"I was totally gobsmacked."
Adrian said he had bought a ticket, was wearing a mask as he should do on public transport and wasn't sat near any other passengers when he was approached.
Two Merseyrail workers asked for his address, but did not ask him to move his feet he claimed.
Not wanting to cause a fuss, Adrian said, he provided his name and address straight away.
The next day, he claimed he was sent a fine for £60 and was summoned to court to pay it.
Adrian said he "wasn't a slob" and was resting his feet on the metal barrier away from the seat, so said he was frustrated at the hefty fine.
He added: "I've wrote a complaint to them, but they're just bothered by the money."
Adrian claimed in order to pay the large fine, he would need to take a day off work, travel to court, find a solicitor and pay the money for resting his feet.
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He added he was concerned about having to pay a large fine after claiming to have seen other people flout this rule, or not wear a mask on board.
Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail said:“Our passengers have told us that something they find antisocial whilst travelling on the Merseyrail network, is other passengers placing their feet on seats including the seat structures. In some cases this can cause damage to the seat or to other customers possessions, including clothing.
"As a result of this feedback we have clearly advertised Bylaws in place, meaning that customers that do put their feet on seats or the seat structure are likely to be approached by our Byelaw Enforcement team and issued with a fine.
"Passengers are told about this before they travel via posters at our stations and again whilst onboard via posters and passenger announcements.
"If any passenger feels they have been unfairly fined, I’d encourage them to contact us using the email address [email protected] and we will look into the specifics of their case further.”