A former employee of South England Trains is taking legal action against the company following his sacking for "gross misuse of company property".
Ted Taylor, 46 had worked as a guard for South England Trains on busy commuter services into London Waterloo station for the past 19 years when he was sacked for blowing his nose on a company handkerchief whilst working on the 0902 service from Epsom.
South England Trains issued a statement in response saying: "All guards are issued with a special handkerchief to stuff in their mouths prior to making on-board announcements. Mr Taylor's action rendered the handkerchief unusable and resulted in him giving perfectly clear and understandable information through his tannoy system for the entire journey, contrary to regulations."
Mr Taylor replied, saying "I had a bad cold, what was I supposed to do?"
The case continues.