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They fined the wrong guy


A Belgian man who stopped an old woman being crushed in train doors as she got onto a train was handed a £40 pound fine for causing a delay.

Daniel Dewulf from Ostend was given the fine by a conductor after he pulled open the train doors after they closed on the elderly lady as she tried to get on. He said: “I heard the conductor’s whistle just as I got on the train and then realised someone else was trying to get on. The doors had closed on the elderly woman, trapping her. In order to prevent a tragedy I pushed the door open and helped her get in. She thanked me profusely. But the conductor gave me a fine because he said my actions increased the chance of a delay. He wasn’t interested when I tried to explain to him that I had only opened the doors to try and save an old woman’s life.”

Belgian Railways has now apologized to Dewulf and a spokesman said: “We should have fined the woman in question for boarding the train after the whistle.”


The one who should have been fined, maybe even fired, is the conductor who started the train while the woman was boarding.

October 24, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on They fined the wrong guy