July 12, 2017 1:38 pm

Australian men caught on camera using commuter train to move furniture

WATCH ABOVE: An Australian man was fined after rail officials caught him attempting to move a fridge by taking it on a public train.


What’s a man to do if he doesn’t have a “ute?”

Two train commuters in Australia had a creative answer to that question when they showed that without a truck, known in Australian slang as a “ute,” furniture can be transported cheaply by public transport.

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In two separate incidents at Bowen Hills train station in Brisbane, men single-handedly moved a couch and a fridge on trains, as seen in CCTV footage released by Queensland Rail on Tuesday.

“Please book a removalist,” was the rail network’s advice in a tweet tagged #TrainEtiquetteTuesday, a series it has urging better commuter behaviour.

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The man moving the fridge wheeled it on a trolley onto a train but was soon discovered by transit officers, who fined him $250 for his over-sized item. He was also fined for fare dodging, media reported.

Both incidents were filmed in April.

It is illegal to board a train on the Queensland Rail system with an item that cannot be stored below a seat, in an overhead rack, or in a designated storage area.

© 2017 Reuters

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