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Train fare-dodger insists he did have ticket!

The student accused of not paying his rail fare who was filmed being manhandled off a train by a fellow passenger has hit back, insisting he did have a ticket.Sam Main, 19, from Falkirk, became an unwitting internet hit when the video of him being thrown off a ScotRail train was posted on YouTube.


The footage shows the student arguing with a conductor before another passenger intervenes to remove him. It has now had almost 1m views on the website.

Mr Main, who is studying surveying at Heriot-Watt University, was grabbed by a man identified in reports as Alan Pollock and forced out.

In the video, the student is seen trying to get back on to the train and complaining that his belongings are still on board as Mr Pollock is applauded by other passengers.

It has now emerged that Mr Main's family may take legal action against Mr Pollock after the teenager was injured in the tussle.



Student Sam Main shows his injuries after the altercation



Mr Main claims he did buy a ticket for the journey on the Edinburgh to Perth service on December 9.

He says he was sold two singles in the same direction by mistake after buying separate tickets to save money.

"I had been out celebrating after an exam and I was half asleep on the train. I did have a ticket but I must have handed over the wrong one to the conductor," he is quoted as saying.

"The next thing I know this big guy is manhandling me to the door and throwing me off. I landed on my face and I have cuts all over my cheek and legs."

Before the video became popular on the web, Mr Main appeared more amused by it - writing on Facebook on Sunday: "There's a video of me on youtube hahahahaha! Scotrail no ticket ;)"

His father Lenny has told reporters he wants Mr Pollock to be charged over the incident.

"This big guy has basically thrown him head-first on to the platform. Sam's landed on his face and has a big graze," he said, according to the Daily Record.

"He's tried to get back in the carriage to get his bag. He's diabetic and all his things were in that bag - his medication, his university notes, his money, his mobile phone and his iPod but he's been thrown off again.

"This man has to be charged and have his day in court. He had no right to do what he did. If I was him, I'd expect to be charged."

British Transport Police have refused to discuss the case but a spokesman said: "A complaint has been received and inquiries are ongoing into the incident."

ScotRail has also said it is investigating and warned against passengers becoming involved in altercations between other travellers and its staff.

"While we welcome the public's support of our zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour, our staff are trained in conflict management and we do not expect members of the public to take matters into their own hands," a spokesman said.

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16130075


Added: Dec-14-2011 
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  • Typifies what's wrong with broken Britain; even with video footage of the young man not having a ticket and being abusive to an old man, the young guy's idiot dad is convinced he's a poor little victim in all of this.

    Alan Pollock for citizen of the year though.

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  • "I had been out celebrating after an exam and I was half asleep on the train. I did have a ticket but I must have handed over the wrong one to the conductor," ............Then why did he not say that instead of insulting the ticket officer with "Fuck you fuck you" He deserved what he got.

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  • No ticket?

    No ride.


    End of discussion.


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  • If you had your ticket, there was no need to act like such a dick.

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  • Conflict management, LOL!

    I saw the video of how this conflict was being mis managed, so the dude throwing that fool off of the train was the perfect move at the perfect time.

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  • Where is the ticket, when and where was it bought, how much did cost?

    You would not buy and produce a single if you were planning on a return journey, you buy a return ticket. This obnoxious little toe rag keeps telling lies I hope he gets found out.

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  • yeah that guy who threw him off will be in trouble now, the kid had some fair damage to his face!

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  • Even if Mr Pollock is charged, it won't stop Mr Sam Main from remaining a complete prick.

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  • i'm surprised they threw him off the train.if you don't have a ticket they usually alert the transport police at the next station and hand you over to them.

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  • Yeah, Mr. Pollock is obviously hosed after reading that official comment from ScotRail. They are throwing him under the bus for helping the old geezer who lost control of the situation.

    The only way Mr. Pollock might have been "safe" is if the kid made a threatening move-which never happened.

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  • This happened in my area. What he's trying to pass off is that the automatic ticket machines ripped him off and gave him the wrong ticket type while taking the money for a full fare. I've got to be honest ... that has happened on a number of occasions. If it does you need to contact the machine company which obviously takes days.

    However, this case is different. The kid was drunk, abusive and holding up a service. 10 years ago this wouldn't have had a second look. It's only now, with all of th More..

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  • If you interfere and you get it wrong then you suffer the consequences. No wonder people look the other way and don't intervene.

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  • Lol

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  • Has he shown anyone this second ticket?

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  • From what I saw on the original video, if he did have a valid ticket he certainly seeemed to have no interest in showing it to the conductor. Instead he got mouthy and abusive, and was told to leave the train by the conductor at least three times.

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  • Unless there is a physical threat to any other person, by the instigator,
    it is unwise to get involved, let alone in a physical way.

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  • Like father, like son. Now we know where the kid's lack of respect and manners come from.

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  • More BS. They should have left the kid alone. To all you throw him off the train ranting people in the original post, I have one thing to say. Screw ALL OF YOU!

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