A TOURIST claims his rucksack acted independently when it smashed into the faces of fellow passengers on a crowded train.
Roy Hobbs, 21 from Iowa, said that although the 48-pound pack, tent and bedroll combination was attached to his back it was free to make its own decisions.
Hobbs said: “If it chooses to lash a kid across the cheeks with one of its straps, knock someone’s coffee out of their hand and all over the lap of the person next to them, or rub up against the breasts of a female student causing embarrassment and chafing, then that is its own business.’
“Besides, who are we to tell the rucksack what to do? The rucksack abides by its own ancient code.
“A rebel and a maverick, it refuses to conform to the petty conventions of our so-called society.
“Do not judge it. Learn from it.”