• The girl posted an advertisement on the e-commerce platform Depop to sell bandeau tops
  • Mhari Thurston-Tyler took down the post later
  • She said she found the fabric signs outside a railway station in September 2020

A fashion designing student in the U.K. attempted to give social distancing train signs a fashionable twist but ended up sparking speculations that she had stolen them for her personal interest.

Mhari Thurston-Tyler, 20, repurposed stolen Chiltern Railways social distancing train seat covers as tops and attempted to sell them for £15 ($20.24) on the e-commerce platform Depop. The shopping app, however, dubbed her actions as a violation of their "terms of service."

The advertisement posted by the girl went viral after the Twitter account "Depop drama" shared it with the caption, "I am lost for words."

In the post, the blue colored fabric signs were seen wrapped around the seat of the railways, and the photo next to it showed the sign being worn as a top, with the caption: "Social distancing children railways [sic] crop got a few of these in different sizes. Message me before buying or with questions/offers."

Scores of internet users reached the post’s comment section to voice their opinion about the top. "A rags to riches story, I'm screaming," one user wrote. "The worst thing I've ever seen on Depop," wrote another.

Thurston-Tyler has since taken down the post. She said she found two abandoned blue seat signs outside Marylebone tube station in September 2020, BBC reported.

A Depop spokesperson told Mirror if she tries to sell any prohibited goods on the shopping app, she will be banned.

"We explicitly prohibit the sale of illegal and unlawful content on the app, including any stolen goods," the spokesperson told the outlet. "This item clearly violates our terms of service, but as it has been removed by the seller and is no longer for sale on the platform, we will not be taking immediate steps to ban this user."

Thurston-Tyler said she resorted to selling them as crop tops because she struggled to keep herself afloat during the pandemic.

"I have no money at the moment so decided to put the second one on Depop to see if anyone would buy it," she told BBC. "I have to resort to little things like this to make ends meet, to pay the bills."

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A train is pictured in Austria. AFP/GRODER