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Arrogant, rude & petty ticket inspectors - a solution


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As you will read on the various posts on this forum, many people feel aggrieved by unfair ticket inspectors on trains. Although I do think that fair evaders and should be punished, I also believe that most inspectors are rude, arrogant and very unfair. It appears they would rather fine you for an honest mistake rather than give you assistance whilst showing some common sense, humanity and compassion.

 

For me the final straw was when i was coming home from London Bridge late night on the last train. I tried to buy a ticket from the machines but they kept spitting out my final £1.00 coin. As I had no bank card and no ticket office was open that late, I was left with only one solution - to get on the train and hope for the best.

 

Unfortunately and typically as if it was planned, I got busted - and subsequently I was fined. My complaint and valid excuse fell on deaf, arrogant ears. How could I have been let down so badly??!!

 

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a solution for scenarios like this one and many other what I would call 'fair play cases' So what I am about suggest is so childish and small minded that it even makes me wet the bed (sic). However since adopting this little annoying trick, I rarely get even asked for my ticket now, plus I get a small sense of satisfaction every time I mislead an inspector.

 

The look on their face as they know I wont be being part of their daily target is worth it alone.

 

Here is what I do.

 

When asked for my ticket, if the inspector I proceed to search my pockets and then my bag... if the inspector says something smart or arrogant I get the plan fully underway. I suggest you carry on searching for your ticket then admit defeat. When the inspector talks down to you about fare evading and ignores your pleas for sympathy for an honest mistake he will write you out a ticket. Let him fill in all the details etc and when he asks you to sign the penalty form, miraculously find your ticket. Yes, you could have spent that 10 minutes more constructively but for the inspector it will be far worse!

 

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Ha Ha! Revenge is sweet. If you don't like it, get a more respectable job.

 

Anybody else got any good methods of dealing with such plant life?

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ROFL that's hilarious i'll definatly have to try that one

 

I saw the ticket taliban out in force today at clapham junction. There must of been ten inspectors with 5 transport police and a load of plastic coppers (PCSO's) in attendance too

 

The criminals must of had a good day today! I wonder if there's less paperwork invovled for knicking someone without a ticket than there is for catching a real criminal

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I have a friend who has always been a bit of a maverick. He has a laminated card that he produces to anyone in authority who might ask him for something, whether it be a traffic warden, inspector or anyone. I don't know the exact wording, but it goes something like this:

I am a devout follower of his holiness, the honourable Shi Labak Gujallah. To help me attain greater spirituality, I have become one of his devotees and have taken a vow of silence.

 

In addition, I have difficulty hearing English, but can understand written English easier. Please address all your comments to me in writing and I will happily respond likewise

 

I was sitting next to him on a London Transport bus (pretending not to know him), and it so funny I was having great difficulty suppressing hysterical laughter when an inspector asked to see tickets. You see when dealing with my friend the inspector would regularly forget and ask a question verbally, my friend would then just give a quissical non-comprehending look a bit like Manual with Basil in Fawlty Towers.

 

Without oral communication, there was a compete impasse.

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I too have a card carrying friend. He got stopped for erratic driving the other day and the police obviously suspected him of drinking and driving. He was first asked to blow into the machine, but gave a card to the copper with "Asthmatic. Unable to give breath samples."

 

OK, back to the nick and we'll get the doc to draw blood, says the copper. So he produces another card: "Haemophiliac. Unable to give blood."

 

Right, I take it you have no objection to a urine sample then, says plod. At which point my mate produces his trump card:

 

"Newcastle United supporter. Don't take the p!ss."

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That is classic. Although generally I can tollerate the police, unless they are pulling you over for doing 32mph...

 

With the ticket inspectors, my favourite station to pull the stunt is at London Bridge because the National Rail stations in the the South East that L.Bridge connects too will not accept Oyster PAYG and they are alway looking to catch people out who don't know any better.

 

Don't let them do it! For every inspector that in employed you could have set up an Oyster terminal to allow people to travel on PAYG instead of effectively charging them twice by making them buy an expensive rail ticket.

 

When you get off the train, move to the ticket (penalty!) booth on platform 8 and tell one of the jobs worth that you were told to come over here for a ticket because "he/she told me I didn't have one". Watch as their eyes light up and glee smacks their face as they issue you with a fine. As you already know when they have taken the 30 mins it takes them to issue your fine produce your 'golden ticket', thank them for their help and walk away with dignity.

 

TFL, National Rail we have your number and you have been sussed. We will not make your job easy.

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I too have a card carrying friend. He got stopped for erratic driving the other day and the police obviously suspected him of drinking and driving. He was first asked to blow into the machine, but gave a card to the copper with "Asthmatic. Unable to give breath samples."

 

OK, back to the nick and we'll get the doc to draw blood, says the copper. So he produces another card: "Haemophiliac. Unable to give blood."

 

Right, I take it you have no objection to a urine sample then, says plod. At which point my mate produces his trump card:

 

"Newcastle United supporter. Don't take the p!ss."

 

I think you'll find the correct wording is actually Sunderland supporter :lol:

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02 Apr 2008, 23:55

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i like that!! its simple and good and gets the fans involved aswell x x x

 

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1st Credit (Lloyds TSB) admitted no CCA, reply from OFT 130608, reply from FOS 040608, adjudication stage rejected but still no contact....

 

My mate (Littlewoods/Moorcroft)

300608 -Long running battle,threatening court, CCA letter NO 2 and harrassment letter sent - passed back to Littlewoods early July.

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I like :D

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02 Apr 2008, 23:55

OfficialLeeRyan wrote:

i like that!! its simple and good and gets the fans involved aswell x x x

 

MY SUCCESSES -

 

1st Credit (Lloyds TSB) admitted no CCA, reply from OFT 130608, reply from FOS 040608, adjudication stage rejected but still no contact....

 

My mate (Littlewoods/Moorcroft)

300608 -Long running battle,threatening court, CCA letter NO 2 and harrassment letter sent - passed back to Littlewoods early July.

070808 - Passed to Debt Managers, Acct in dispute/BOG OFF letter sent 080808...

140808 - Letter from Debt Managers passing debt back to Littlewoods - RESULT! :D

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ROFL that's hilarious i'll definatly have to try that one

 

I saw the ticket taliban out in force today at clapham junction. There must of been ten inspectors with 5 transport police and a load of plastic coppers (PCSO's) in attendance too

 

The criminals must of had a good day today! I wonder if there's less paperwork invovled for knicking someone without a ticket than there is for catching a real criminal

 

The ticket taliban are always in force in Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly as well. Also they are always patrolling the buses for people with fake passes or 15 year olds who get past the driver on busy routes. Well I am against fare evasion as it puts up prices for geniune customers, I do think that the Police are heavy handed. My friend got stabbed and the police were useless and the people responsible just got a slap on the wrist whereas I nearly got arrested for someone else giving my name after being fined on a tram.

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Be Careful on this one.

 

There is an offence as "failure to show or present a valid ticket on demand to an authorised official".

If the inspector asks several times for your ticket and you play the game you are suggesting then he can still report you for breaking the bye-laws, ticket or no ticket.

 

also there is another offence.

"Failure to provide name and address on demand to an authorised official". This one can actually get you arrested.

 

I am myself one of these inspectors, now at the end of the day its a job, it pays the bills. I am one of the more relaxed ones and I do actually ask people what happened before making a decision. Ticket office closed? Let me make a phone call to confirm. Yep that's correct, single or return.

Machine broken okay, single or return.

But take the p**s and I will throw the book at you.

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yes but a ticket will be produced... eventually.

 

so no laws or by-laws or any of that crap will be broken.

 

if your fellow ticket inspectors (including those here in glasgow) had a better attitude and did not act like wanna-be-cops who have sod all common sense and sympathy then people would maybe be a bit more helpful.

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yes but a ticket will be produced... eventually.

 

so no laws or by-laws or any of that crap will be broken.

 

if your fellow ticket inspectors (including those here in glasgow) had a better attitude and did not act like wanna-be-cops who have sod all common sense and sympathy then people would maybe be a bit more helpful.

 

Maybe a ticket will be produced "eventually" but the offence has still been committed.

Its kinda the same as wasting police time.

Now I usually see the funny side as long as I haven't started to write out the paperwork. Normally I will just walk past check the rest of the train and come back with a copper.

 

Here's the official law on it.

Railway Regulation Act 1840

"If any person shall wilfully obstruct or impede any officer or agent of any railway company in the execution of his duty upon any railway, or upon or in any of the stations or other works or premises connected therewith, or if any person shall wilfully trespass upon any railway, or any of the stations or other works or premises connected therewith, and shall refuse to quit the same upon request to him made by any officer or agent of the said company, every such person so offending, and all others aiding or assisting therein, shall and may be seized and detained by any such officer or agent, or any person whom he may call to his assistance, until such offender or offenders can be conveniently taken before some justice of the peace for the county or place wherein such offence shall be committed, and when convicted, before such justice as aforesaid, (who is hereby authorized and required, upon complaint to him to take cognizance thereof, and to act summarily in the premises,) shall, in the discretion of such justice, upon conviction by a magistrates’ court, at the discretion of the court, forfeit to her Majesty any sum not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale, £200 level 3 on the standard scale, and in default of payment thereof shall or may be imprisoned] . . .

 

 

 

I know the inspectors in ScotRail area are arrogant ive even seen one of them try and take away a managers pass!

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You are defo right about Scotrail heckies bein arogant, although I will concede there are a few decent ones.

 

Its the ones who are similar to traffic wardens in that they think they have the authority of the police who I cannot stand. Mind you up here most people dont stand for any of their sh*te anyway

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Maybe a ticket will be produced "eventually" but the offence has still been committed.

 

Here's the official law on it.

Railway Regulation Act 1840

"If any person shall wilfully obstruct or impede any officer or agent of any railway company in the execution of his duty upon any railway ...

 

But that's the beauty of the English language, especially when reading legal quotations.

 

When you have a person saying "I know I have a ticket, I just can't find it" whilst searching their pockets, in this scenario it would be impossible to prove any sort of wilfulness, even if you suspected it. Should legal proceedings ever take place over this issue, I'm sure the result would be not guilty, as it wouldn't be difficult to raise a reasonable doubt that the had been genuinely misplaced, was found in the end, and thus was not done to wilfully obstruct or impede.

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The worst thing I ever saw was on the Tyne and Wear Metro (anyone who has read my other thread 'anyone else think this is disgusting?' will know Im not exactly their biggest fan :rolleyes:

 

There were some passenger support officers (not quite inspectors but they can still check tickets) who were checking tickets, and this young Oriental girl (probably a student, she got on at the stop in the middle of a studenty-type area) and they asked to see her ticket. She began searching her handbag and became visibly more distressed as it became clear she could not find her purse. Her English wasnt great and she was in tears, trying to explain she thought her purse had been stolen. A group of about 4 or 5 (all males) surrounded her, were really heavy handed, didnt try to help her at all and threw her off at the next station, leaving her stranded.

 

That was unbelievable. But if you try and complain (again, see my other thread for the grief we've had with them) they close ranks and defend each other.

 

I had an interesting experience tonight though... I was on the train home from work (Notts to London St Pancras, I get off at Leicester) and the lady conductor came round checking the tickets, I was so engrossed in my phone I had to scrabble round in my bag looking for my purse, and located my pass eventually - but she gave me a sympathetic smile (as the lady ones usually do - the blokes just get impatient and roll their eyes) I showed her my pass and she said 'ok, thanks.' and as I was putting it away I realised I had last weeks at the fromt by mistake but she hadnt noticed! I did actually feel really bad so I showed her the right one as she passed by again but that just led me to wonder - do inspectors bother even checking the ticket properly half the time???

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02 Apr 2008, 23:55

OfficialLeeRyan wrote:

i like that!! its simple and good and gets the fans involved aswell x x x

 

MY SUCCESSES -

 

1st Credit (Lloyds TSB) admitted no CCA, reply from OFT 130608, reply from FOS 040608, adjudication stage rejected but still no contact....

 

My mate (Littlewoods/Moorcroft)

300608 -Long running battle,threatening court, CCA letter NO 2 and harrassment letter sent - passed back to Littlewoods early July.

070808 - Passed to Debt Managers, Acct in dispute/BOG OFF letter sent 080808...

140808 - Letter from Debt Managers passing debt back to Littlewoods - RESULT! :D

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its the ones who shout up the carriage "have your tickets ready" who are best to wind up. they are clearly in a rush and so i find it best pretend to sleep and then basically act stupid until they lose their tempers, then produce the ticket.

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I love winding up the TSO's (Travel Support Officers) on the Metro system:

 

TSO: "You got a ticket pass?"

Me: "Yes, thanks" and then proceed to walk through the barriers :D

Be good to yourself, when nobody else will

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Ha ha JFL.... anything that winds Nexus employees up has to be a good plan....Between me and my mum we've proper wound up the head honcho so keep doing that :lol: full marks from me :lol:

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02 Apr 2008, 23:55

OfficialLeeRyan wrote:

i like that!! its simple and good and gets the fans involved aswell x x x

 

MY SUCCESSES -

 

1st Credit (Lloyds TSB) admitted no CCA, reply from OFT 130608, reply from FOS 040608, adjudication stage rejected but still no contact....

 

My mate (Littlewoods/Moorcroft)

300608 -Long running battle,threatening court, CCA letter NO 2 and harrassment letter sent - passed back to Littlewoods early July.

070808 - Passed to Debt Managers, Acct in dispute/BOG OFF letter sent 080808...

140808 - Letter from Debt Managers passing debt back to Littlewoods - RESULT! :D

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Maybe a ticket will be produced "eventually" but the offence has still been committed.

Its kinda the same as wasting police time.

Now I usually see the funny side as long as I haven't started to write out the paperwork. Normally I will just walk past check the rest of the train and come back with a copper.

 

Here's the official law on it.

Railway Regulation Act 1840

"If any person shall wilfully obstruct or impede any officer or agent of any railway company in the execution of his duty upon any railway, or upon or in any of the stations or other works or premises connected therewith, or if any person shall wilfully trespass upon any railway, or any of the stations or other works or premises connected therewith, and shall refuse to quit the same upon request to him made by any officer or agent of the said company, every such person so offending, and all others aiding or assisting therein, shall and may be seized and detained by any such officer or agent, or any person whom he may call to his assistance, until such offender or offenders can be conveniently taken before some justice of the peace for the county or place wherein such offence shall be committed, and when convicted, before such justice as aforesaid, (who is hereby authorized and required, upon complaint to him to take cognizance thereof, and to act summarily in the premises,) shall, in the discretion of such justice, upon conviction by a magistrates’ court, at the discretion of the court, forfeit to her Majesty any sum not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale, £200 level 3 on the standard scale, and in default of payment thereof shall or may be imprisoned] . . .

 

 

 

I know the inspectors in ScotRail area are arrogant ive even seen one of them try and take away a managers pass!

 

Lol, nothing personal - I love this comment - 'it's kinda the same as wasting police time' There is some sort of implication in this statement that if you weren't trying to catch the naughty boys and girls without tickets you would be arresting murderers and monitoring terrorist suspects. I hate to bring you back to earth but ticket inspectors and cops are very very different things.

 

Also, to wilfully obstruct or impede a ticket inspector is a bit different to not being able to find your ticket. How can you prove the difference?????

 

Mike

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It's all very amusing really - I wouldn't give you a fiver to travel on the trains in this country. I have a 2 litre 16 valve Peugeot and it is still 50% cheaper for me to drive that from Uni in Bournemouth to my parents in Andover at 70 MPH than it is to get the train for the same journey. Lol, that's even with the crazy petrol prices at the moment!

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Peugeot Finance overpayment of £247

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Dont like to drag up an old thread but needed to put the other side of the story.

Gateline staff & inspectors have to put up with some amazingly rude & arrogant people who think that it was their fault the car park was full,that there was a queue at the ticket office,the machine wouldnt accept their crumpled & torn bank note, that they had to stand on the train, that the train was 2 minutes late, that the person next to them had BO and earphones that were anything but personal,that the person who jumped infront of the train did so at the behest of the staff ....yada yada yada.

In a perfect world your commute would be comfortable, seemless , cheap & on time everyday.

The staff would be polite & happy to see you everyday.

Unfortunately the world isnt perfect & the staff (especially gateline) develope a self defence mechanism in the face of the barrage of complaints & abuse directed at them just because they are frontline. They can do absolutely nothing about the management & facilities of the railway, everytime you gob off at them they retreat into self defence mode until it becomes the normal place for them to be whilst at work.

I've seen it many times when new staff join & are full of energy and really attempt to be helpful & polite, it normally takes a month before they are so totally dis-heartened they either leave or find a way to deal with it.

There are probably people out there that will say tough ****, they are paid to be abused (a passenger told me I was), its a job, if they dont like it leave etc. But if you really want to improve the quality of your journey a good place to start would be try to make the smallest of gestures to the staff, they will respond in kind, which hopefully will be mutually beneficial.

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Dont like to drag up an old thread but needed to put the other side of the story.

Gateline staff & inspectors have to put up with some amazingly rude & arrogant people who think that it was their fault the car park was full,that there was a queue at the ticket office,the machine wouldnt accept their crumpled & torn bank note, that they had to stand on the train, that the train was 2 minutes late, that the person next to them had BO and earphones that were anything but personal,that the person who jumped infront of the train did so at the behest of the staff ....yada yada yada.

In a perfect world your commute would be comfortable, seemless , cheap & on time everyday.

The staff would be polite & happy to see you everyday.

Unfortunately the world isnt perfect & the staff (especially gateline) develope a self defence mechanism in the face of the barrage of complaints & abuse directed at them just because they are frontline. They can do absolutely nothing about the management & facilities of the railway, everytime you gob off at them they retreat into self defence mode until it becomes the normal place for them to be whilst at work.

I've seen it many times when new staff join & are full of energy and really attempt to be helpful & polite, it normally takes a month before they are so totally dis-heartened they either leave or find a way to deal with it.

There are probably people out there that will say tough ****, they are paid to be abused (a passenger told me I was), its a job, if they dont like it leave etc. But if you really want to improve the quality of your journey a good place to start would be try to make the smallest of gestures to the staff, they will respond in kind, which hopefully will be mutually beneficial.

 

Hell yeah, I agree with this.

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Absolutely right SRPO & MC661.

 

No-one pretends that all rail staff are perfect, but in over 30 years experience, I've also met a hell of a lot of 'Arrogant, rude & petty' passengers and to all those who think the wind-up is justified I'd like you to reflect on an old saying;

 

'Do unto others as you would be done by'

 

If you are going to go out of your way to wind-up and abuse another person, please don't ask the right thinking majority of people to applaud you for it. Only the small minded and vindictive are likely to think it is anything to be proud of.

 

Please remember, whilst you are engaged in your game of spite, the real offenders, the 'fiddlers' that you complain about are laughing all the way to the bank.

 

I deal with complaints and appeals every working day.

I always try to be absolutely fair-minded in dealing with them.

Obviously, I will never discuss specific individual cases through this forum.

 

Before anyone makes the comment, I get no satisfaction from what some people will inevitably see as 'trying to take the moral high ground'. It isn't that at all, I am truly disappointed that this sort of thread has appeared on here

 

I joined this site, not to trawl for information as some might think, but to try genuinely to help people resolve their problems where possible and to offer any advice that might be helpful in avoiding pitfalls and conflict.

 

Clearly, that was a misplaced intention where so many people are concerned.

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On the flip side, it would be nice to actually ensure the barrier staff know what they are on about :rolleyes:

I travelled form London Waterloo to Bournemouth at the end of February. My ticket was one of those 'super-cheap-super-advance-only get on the train you're booked on or hell and damnation will befall you and your kin' type ones, and it said on it 'AP Woking' now the previous train said it stopped at Woking, but my train said via Guildford. I have to plead ignorance and say I dont know the Surrey area and so assumed that it didnt go through Woking.

So I asked the guy on the barrier and he looked at me like I was some sort of little green alien, and muttered vaguely 'I dont know, ask the guard and he might let you on!!!'

I had a lot of luggage and there wasnt anyone vaguely guard looking about, so I had to get on. As it happened, the guard was fine, and explained yes my ticket was correct and would be so long as the train passed through Woking (it did) and didnt necessarily have ot stop there. (it didnt)But had I listened to the guy on the gate I might have missed my train!!!!!!

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