A MEMBER of staff at a HS2 roadshow ended-up in hot water, after calling a visiting GP a “cretin”.
High speed rail opponent, Dr Paul Thornton, was told by the woman that he could not take photos at the Balsall Common event.
When the 52-year-old continued using his camera, the row escalated and she was caught on tape calling him a cretin.
Father-of-three Dr Thornton, from Burton Green, then posted the recording of their heated exchange on Youtube.
“I’m sorry, but you are wrong,” he is heard saying. “This a public place and the law allows me to take photographs in public places.”
After the insult, he says: “Do you know what a cretin is? I think you’ll find a cretin is caused by a thyroid deficiency in childhood.”
To which the member of staff replies: “You must have one.”
Miranda Carter, from HS2 Ltd, said: “We do not consider verbal abuse from our staff to be acceptable.
“The individual involved was employed from the events management team and will not be working on any more roadshows.”
Afterwards Dr Thornton said that organisers had used the unnamed woman as a “scapegoat”.
And HS2 confirmed in a statement that it was their policy not to allow close-up photos of staff at events.
The Balsall Common roadshow, which took place last Tuesday, was the first of three to visit the borough.
This week, the exhibition visited Hampton-in-Arden and Birmingham International Railway Station.
The Solihull News was at the latter event, to quiz HS2 officials, and our report will feature in next week’s edition.