A court awarded the equivalent of $230 in compensation to a Russian man who complained of “moral suffering” from having to listen to fellow train passengers use profanity.
The plaintiff, whose name was not released, successfully sued commuter rail operator Krasprigorod in a Krasnoyarsk court, claiming “physical and moral suffering” as a result of being stuck for two hours in a train station on Oct. 31, 2010, when he was unable to make his way through the crowded station to board his train.
The man said his “suffering” included trouble breathing, having his feet stepped on, being pushed and having to listen to other passengers cursing.
Court spokeswoman Natalya Mishanina said that a judge ruled that the railroad operator was culpable because it had failed to provide safe and quality services to the plaintiff.
He had asked for $1,550 in compensation, but was awarded only $230.
A spokesman for Krasprigorod said that the company will pay the amount and will not appeal.