Woman attempts to sell ‘train seat covers’ as crop top and people are done

The covers as they appear on Chiltern Railways trains (Image: Jam Press)

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An online advert has gone viral as it appears to be selling social distancing seat sleeves used on Chiltern Railway trains as a fairly questionable "crop top".

The blue covers have been pictured on the train seats, emblazoned with a demonstrative illustration and message reading: "Keep this seat free to maintain social distancing when possible."

But identical versions have now appeared on the fashion marketplace app Depop as an item of clothing for £15 and quickly went viral as it left people baffled on social media.

It's unclear if the 'tops' have simply been taken from the trains, with Chiltern Railways' logo visible at the bottom, or whether the design has been copied to create items of clothing, which would then beg the question: why!?

The posting shows a woman modelling the item, with the description: "Social distancing children railways [sic] crop got a few of these in different sizes. Message me before buying or with questions/offers."

The bizarre advert has gone viral on social media
(Image: Jam Press)

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It claims to be in a size 10, with the condition listed as 'good – used', hinting it may have had the backs of a couple of hundred passengers rubbing against it previously.

It was tweeted by Depop Drama with the caption: "I am lost for words", as other social media users piled in with their own jokes about the latest fashion trend.

One commented with the pun: "Surely this isn't rail?" and a second asked: "What if the seats were copying her?"

Some people were fans as the look, as a third wrote: "Kinda cute af where’s the link" and another added: "Kinda slaps tho."

A fifth simply said: "I can't take it anymore" and another pointed out the typo in the advert, replying: "Everything about this is weird but 'children railways' is sending me."

And one was just grossed out by the offering, firing back: "Do you know how many necks/backs have been against that??? No washing will ever take those bacteria away."

The tweet racked up more than 360,000 likes and even attracted the attention of Chiltern Railways itself, with the official Twitter account replying to say: "Hi there, thanks for letting us know about this, we've raised to the relevant team."

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