Air conditioning remarks land TfL tweeter in hot water
Transport for London worker causes anger as he brags about enjoying his office air conditioning
A Transport for London (TfL) employee who took to Twitter to voice his relief at office air conditioning on one of the hottest days of the year so far has found himself in a spot of bother, as London commuters blast him for his insensitive tweet.
Perhaps the tweeter, who announced himself as Matthew, would have gone unnoticed had he used his personal Twitter account to express his state of happiness at working in an air conditioned office.
However, in what can only be described as a complete error of judgment, Matthew tweeted his boastful message using the official Transport for London Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) account on Monday, July 18 at around 6:27am, as harassed commuters were already struggling with the unbearable heat.
Matthew tweeted: “Good morning everyone. Matthew here at TfL’s traffic control centre until 2.30pm. This week I will be mostly thankful for air conditioning.”
Perhaps understandably, fellow Twitterers pounced upon the unthinking Matthew, accusing him of insensitivity as passengers on London’s public transport suffered in temperatures of more than 36C!
One bus passenger travelling on the number 9 Hyde Park Corner service, compared the bus to a “sauna with wheels” when speaking with Standard.co.uk; while a fellow commuter, John Goodman, 51, a solicitor, said that London officials “should invest in air conditioning”.
To help passengers cope with the souring temperatures on the tube, TfL workers were on the underground ready to hand out over 250,000 free bottles of water.
Mark Evers, from the London Underground, said that 40% of the underground network will be served by new air conditioned trains by the end of 2016.
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