Hilarious clip shows train driver asking commuters to help him get a “half day”


HILARIOUS video shows a train driver asking passengers over the intercom to request him half day so he can “get his nails done.”

The brilliant footage was captured by Thomas Small, 23, whilst he was on the 8:27 Airdrie to Glasgow train on August 1.

ScotRail train driver Robert Altenburg spoke on the intercom system to convince passengers to help him request a half day off from his employers to prepare for his holiday.

Thomas, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, posted the video on Twitter saying: “Hoping Robert’s boss sees this and does him a solid so he can get his holiday prep done the mora #HolidayMode @ScotRail.”

The video shows Thomas sitting on a seat surrounded by other passengers when Robert speaks over the tannoy.

Robert says: “Now if I can just ask a favour from all you people on the train. Could you please Tweet into ScotRail to say what a wonderful job I’m doing, and ask my boss to give me a half day tomorrow so I can get my hair, nails and make-up done before I fly out on Saturday.

“Now please enjoy the rest of your day, and hopefully I will see you all again on the 19th of August. Thank you very much for your time and enjoy your day.”

Passengers could be heard chuckling throughout Robert’s message which lead to many people asking ScotRail to give Robert his half day after hearing his plea.

@garry_mcclaren said: “Driver on my train today had everyone proper laughing. He said over the tannoy he is on holiday mode, and if everyone can go on the ScotRail site and say what a wonderful job he is doing so he can get a half day tomorrow to get his hair and nails done for going away on Saturday.”

Thomas posted the hilarious announcement on Twitter

@ClaireLawrie added: “Robert from @ScotRail making us all laugh on the Helensburgh to Edinburgh train this morning with his holiday plans. #givethatmanahalfday #cheeringupthecommute.”

@pcraigxx wrote: “Hey @ScotRail can you please let the hilarious 8:21 train driver from Dalmuir – Edinburgh have a half day tomorrow so he can get his hair and nails done because he’s just announced he’s on holiday mode.”

PR Account Executive Thomas today said Robert made everyone laugh on the train.

He said: “I was on the train on my way to work. Everybody around me was loving it and laughing at what he was saying, my friends especially. Made our mornings!”

@Scotrail tweeted in response simply saying: “Robert’s a legend.”

ScotRail today said they encourage other employees to behave like Robert.

A ScotRail spokesman said: “We always encourage our people to put their own personality into announcements and interactions with customers. Robert is a credit to the company.”