A man successfully faked a phone call for the duration of a train journey from London to Preston rather than give up his seat so an old lady could sit down.
“I wasn’t sure I could pull off a fake phone call for that long,” said middle-manager Simon Williams.
“But I didn’t really have a choice. I mean, it was that or lose my seat and, obviously, that’s the last thing anyone wants to happen.”
Mr Williams revealed that the fake phone call proved trickier as time went on.
“Yes, I started getting really quite a sore throat and I’m fairly sure at one point I was babbling about otters but I still managed to pull it off.
“Well, enough that the old woman never felt she could interrupt me and that’s the main thing.”
Mr Williams has found himself the recipient of some criticism regarding his feat and suggestions that perhaps it must have proved very trying for the lady in question.
“Well, that’s just typical. I mean, what about me? I couldn’t even go to the toilet, for two whole hours.
“I don’t think people realise what I had to go through.”
Asked if he had plans to repeat his effort Mr Williams was unsure.
“I don’t know, it wasn’t easy.
“I’ll probably just fake a limp next time.”