Train passenger reveals beer bottle hack to stop commuters going loco

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An ingenious rail user has discovered a life hack which allowed him to open his beer bottle on a train.

Patrick Dalton, 39, was travelling on a Southern Rail train when he realised he could open his bottle of lager on the grates in the ceiling of the train.

He likened his achievement to something akin to American action-adventure television series MacGyver and survival expert Ray Mears.

He was travelling from Brighton to London when he made the discovery which “helped the journey along nicely.”

Author Patrick documented the whole thing to his 30,000 followers. The video has been retweeted over 1,000 times and liked over 3,000 times.

The video shows Patrick getting up from his seat to crack the lid of his bottle, before getting back down to get ready to knock it back.

He shared the footage yesterday (mon) and said: “Just discovered a @SouthernRailUK life hack”, quickly adding “I feel like MacGyver or Ray Mears right now.”

However he later admitted he may have been exaggerating his feat, saying: “I’m going to dial that back to ‘The Fonz’, I was over excited.”

His mood lowered even further an hour later when he arrived in the city. He said: “Left the train to discover I’ve lost one of the rubber bits from my earphones. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.”

The post provoked lots of response on Twitter, with many praising Patrick’s ingenuity.

Sean Derwin said: “This is valuable and brilliant. It would’ve been truly outstanding, but for the word hack. Awful word used in this context.”

Oliver Butler said: “You’re not working hard Patrick, you’re working smart.”

Chris Corfield shared a photo of adventurer Bear Grylls, with the caption: “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.”

Richard Clark-Monks said simply: “Genius.”

Speaking today (tues), Patrick said: “I’m humbled by the response. I found myself in a survival situation & had to rely on my wits to stay hydrated. I only hope this can be passed on to other Southern users to help ease their suffering. It certainly helped my journey along nicely.”

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