Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Wed 20 July - Inspectors...

On the 07:14, as usual today - and it's on time.

I always come out at the Degraves Street exit. Often there's a gang of about ten or so Connex inspectors loitering just beyond the barriers. Why? If you haven't got a ticket then the only way out is to jump over the barrier. Surely one person is enough to notice and handle that? Why so many? Safety in numbers? Exactly how much are we paying to enforce compliance with this archaic ticketing system? Just scrap it Bracksie!

Home on the 17:38 and it's on time - a good day for Connex!


Anonymous Sam said...

Then again, you can get situations like the one the other day where the 17 year old kid tried to get through on his mums ticket because he had a temporary pass (for being fined for having no ticket earlier in the journey), and when confronted decided to start throwing punches instead of explaining the situation. So I don't mind a couple being there.

20 July, 2005 12:33  
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20 July, 2005 18:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other than safety in numbers, it ensures there is no where for the fare evader to run to try & escape 'em. Plus, if two fare evaders come at the same time, they can deal with both.

They also sometimes are on the look out for concession cheats - the orange light on the barrier lights up if you're using a concession, so they can target you. Otherwise, what would stop people in fulltime jobs from cheating the system of 50% of your fare??

20 July, 2005 23:42  
Anonymous Jim said...

Interestingly, one isn't enough: At Melbourne Central station, hotspot for uni students who are notorious for being tight, I saw a guy vault the barriers in full view of the "disabled person's barrier" attendant.
Absolutely nothing was done about it either. Not so much as a "Hey you, what do you think you're doing?!"

22 March, 2006 11:31  

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