To recline your seat or not to recline it? This debate rages on the trains, creating many disagreements between passengers. If the hostilities for the ownership of the armrest settle easily, the conflict on the inclination of the seat seems to be a real declaration of war on its neighbor behind. The least we can say is that China takes this subject very seriously.
The question of whether it is acceptable to lie down during a trip has taken on increased importance in the Chinese province of Hunan, tells CNN. While Liu, a traveler, had simply decided to recline his seat in public transport, he was sentenced to pay a fine of 3,341 yuan (455 euros).
But the story turns out to be more complex. Court documents released in November showed that the authorities took a dim view of this incident, which took place in March 2022. The reason? A student was behind Liu on the train to Wuhan City when he decided to lie down. The young man, named Wang, was at this precise moment using his laptop, placed on a folding tablet. The rest is not difficult to guess: the electronic tool did not withstand the shock and its screen shattered into a thousand pieces.
The trial is on its way
After getting his laptop repaired, Wang sued Liu. A total of 4,789 yuan (about 650 euros) was claimed to cover the cost of repairing his equipment, as well as the travel of the police who came to report the accident.
But the student did not entirely win his case. The Xiangyin County People’s Court ruled that both parties were responsible for this mishap. Liu was found at fault 70% for tilting his seat, and Wang at 30% for not being careful enough.
As a result, Liu was ordered to pay 70% of the amount claimed by the student, i.e. 453 euros. In order to explain its decision, the justice pointed out that posters were posted on the train to remind travelers to check with the passenger behind that they could recline their seat.
Although this incident seems to be an isolated case, this debate is likely to continue. While many airlines are cutting short-haul flights, citizens are encouraged to opt for the train. And who says more travelers, says more conflicts.
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