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Joined 02-2005
Posted on Thursday, 24 February, 2005 - 01:20 pm:   

Is it just me, or does anyone else find those people who check the tickets at the entrance intensely annoying? I don't know which charm school they were sent to, but their bosses should sue.

I had a run in with one of them today which typifies the way they behave. I usually catch the train from FH, but went to Sydenham today instead where there is always at least one person checking the tickets in the morning. There were 10 or so people waiting to buy tickets and two people serving, one of which was unable to serve as she was having problems with her ticket machine. I only had a few minutes before my train and was second in line. It was at this point that one of the ticket checkers decided to push in front of the guy ahead of me who was just about to be served. Apparently, she needed some change and obviously thought that was more important than the 10 or so people in the queue. To make matters worse, she took around five minutes to get her change and then decided to berate the guy in front of me when he had the audacity to comment on the situation.

It's bad enough that you have to deal with late/cancelled trains at wildly OTT prices, without these people adding insult to injury. Rant over.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 01 March, 2005 - 05:08 pm:   

Get rid of ticket checkers (apart from random swoop squads), have an extortionate fine for ripping the system off, encourage a culture of greater honesty and valuing the system. It may sound like clap trap but it seems to work on most of the continent.

(incidentally we don't have ticket checkers on the Crystal Palace high level line, nor do we have tracks, trains or stations)
Joined 16-11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 01 March, 2005 - 05:49 pm:   

Well said, Dave. The thing that really gets me about these ticket checkers is that they are not even used in a sensible fashion around the network - Sydenham, for instance, almost always has one or two skulking around in the morning, whilst my destination station (West Norwood, which is just as busy if not more so) has none. Meanwhile, the miserable specimens at Sydenham are gone by mid morning. Presumably because no one fare dodges after the morning rush!
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 02 March, 2005 - 09:06 pm:   

I meant the barriers as well. Pain.

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