An elderly man and a younger woman got into a physical altercation on a local commuter train in Taipei yesterday, after the woman refused to move a hamster cage occupying the priority seat.
At around 5:30 pm yesterday, a young woman placed a caged hamster on a priority seat as the train left Nangang Station. An elderly man who wanted to sit demanded the woman remove the cage.
However, a confrontation ensued after the woman refused to remove the cage, and called the man “neurotic” and “a meddler.”
An intense quarrel ensued, and when the man tried to physically remove the cage himself, the woman attacked him.
A young man standing nearby stepped in and broke the two up.
The whole incident was recorded on video and uploaded to a popular breaking news Facebook page.
According to witnesses reported in Liberty Times, the woman took her hamster and left the car in tears, while the old man stepped off the train at the next station.
According to Taiwan Railways regulations, pet cages should be placed under the seat, and the woman with the hamster was the first at fault in this incident, a TRA spokesperson said.
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