woman brings imac desktop on train

Screengrab via David Hill/Twitter

Carefree passenger uses a full desktop computer on a train

People have no idea what to think.


Phillip Tracy


Published Jul 7, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:39 am CDT

A commuter was stopped in his tracks when his eyes fell upon the bewildering scene of a woman using an Apple iMac desktop and mechanical keyboard in the first-class carriage of a Virgin train in the U.K.

David Hill, who works for a software company in Austin, Texas, snapped a photo of the passenger and posted it to Twitter.

As you can see, Hill’s post has amassed more than 1,000 retweets and 3,500 likes. People are still trying to wrap their heads around the woman’s strange behavior, but are applauding her determination and resourcefulness.

Others are downright confused.

Hill was traveling from Darlington to London’s Kings Cross on a business trip during his visit to the U.K. The woman in the photo must have plugged her device into a power outlet and either used onboard WiFi or a mobile hotspot.

“I had to look twice, I was shocked to see such a large computer on the small table. At first I thought she was a staff member, so I actually walked past, and then thought I had to take a photo,” Hill told the Telegraph. “I work for a software company, and been traveling on the trains for about 15 years, I have never seen anything like it. The lady had a full wired keyboard and mouse.”

Why she was hauling around a giant desktop instead of a laptop is still a mystery. Some say she could have problems with her vision, others think she just wanted a bigger screen to get work done. Say what you want about her unconventional setup—I’ve never seen someone look so at home while sitting in the tiny cabin of a commuter train.

H/T Business Insider

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*First Published: Jul 7, 2017, 10:18 am CDT