A City worker has been fined after she flew into an “aggressive” tirade at a commuter who was eating boiled eggs on the train.
Samantha Mead became furious with Erika Stoter for opening her breakfast on a 6am Greater Anglia service from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street in September last year.
Ms Stoter, who is originally from South America, told the court that Mead, 50, started giving her “bad” looks when she started eating the eggs, before moving to the door to get away from the smell.
Mead then apparently “quickly and aggressively” moved towards Ms Stoter and leaned into her face after she shrugged her shoulders to apologise for the strong odour of eggs.
Ms Stoter told the court: “The woman asked me if I spoke English and I said no because I was scared and confused. I thought she would stop… she said, ‘You are disgusting.’”
She claimed Mead then threatened her, saying: “You don’t know who I am, be careful. Do you want to go outside?”
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Ms Stoter said one other passenger had previously complained about the smell and that she had closed her Tupperware box to stop it spreading.
Explaining why she ate eggs in a public place in the morning, Ms Stoter told the jury: “I have to eat at that time because of my diet.”
Mead told the court she had been taking tablets for a medical condition and that the smell of eggs made her feel nauseous.
She denied losing her temper on the train, insisting she was calling the eggs “disgusting” rather than Ms Stoter.
However, Mead, from Manningtree, Essex, was found guilty of one charge of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress, and was fined £750 and ordered to pay £750 in compensation.
She was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence.