Friday, September 02, 2005

Fri 2 September - Fare dodger...

Location: Ripponlea Station
Date: Friday 2 September
Time: 07:11

Insert fresh daily ticket into left-hand validator - RE-TRY
Insert as-it-turns-out-not-quite-so-fresh daily ticket into right-hand validator - OK

Time: 07:15
Board train, after trying defective door and realising it's never going to open no matter how many times I press the button - race to another door

Location: Balaclava Station
Time: 07:16
Watch frustrated passengers press the button to open the door then race to another door when they too realise it won't open

Location: Windsor Station
Time: 07:18
Watch frustrated passengers press the button to open the door then race to another door when they too realise it won't open

Location: Prahran Station
Time: 07:20
Watch frustrated passengers press the button to open the door then race to another door when they too realise it won't open

Location: South Yarra Station
Time: 07:22
Watch frustrated passenger press the button to open the door then race to another door when she too realises it won't open

Location: Flinders Street Station
Time: 07:30
Put ticket into barrier - NOT VALIDATED
Harry Hipants says it's "NOT VALIDATED"
I advise Harry that it's gone into two validators at Ripponlea
Harry Hipants says it's "NOT VALIDATED"
I advise Harry that maybe it's because the first validator did something to it
Harry Hipants says it's "NOT VALIDATED" then validates it on the other side of the barrier
I advise Harry that I got the message but he really needs to take it up with the incompetent cretins who cannot keep a simple ticket validator operational
Harry Hipants says it's "NOT VALIDATED" and gives me back my now validated ticket
I insert my ticket and wander off mumbling about the incompetence of Connex

4 Comments:

Anonymous Sam said...

Try buying a thin cardboard monthly ticket Phil. By the end of the month I am queueing up in the huge "ticket not working" line and standing there for twenty seconds while the barrier staff squint to make out the faded now mangled expiration date printed on it.

Sam

02 September, 2005 13:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the "Door out of Order" light broken too?? Wouldn't surprise me!

02 September, 2005 21:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ticket problem is absolutely nothing to do with Connex. That's the fault of Metlink and ERG.

04 September, 2005 18:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you been stranded in the City since Friday?

Aren't the ticket barriers letting you back into Flinders St? :P

07 September, 2005 21:54  

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