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Hi all,

 

I am in the worst position ever...

 

Last week I took the bus and thought I sweep the card on the reader but it apparently did not work...

The controlers then said that my card has not been validated and asked for my details which I honestly gave (thought they would ask for proof!)

Anyway today I received a letter from TFL prosecution saying that I may be prosecuted and taken to court!! I have to explain what happened. I said I did not do it on purpose, thought I validated my ticket but it apparently did not work.

I went to Internet and saw that I will have to go to court and will get a criminal record?! For a bus ticket?!

I am French and will leave the UK in 3 weeks as I found a job in banking in Switzerland. I have just posted my contract back to my new employer but I am scared that they will find a criminal record and withdraw their offer.

Please could you let me know how fast the process for court and criminal record goes? Is this internationally recognised?

What can I do to avoid that? Does that mean that I won't get the job in Switzerland?

What is the best solution??

I am desperate and scared...

 

Thank you so much for helping me out

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Swiss banks are unlikely to withdraw an offer of employment to a Frenchman caught without paying a bus fare using an Oyster card. They were not very choosy about accepting deposits from people who got it from all manner of crimes including genocide.

 

In terms of where your 'offence' could end up, I think you are probably in time to pay some form of out of Court settlement.

 

If it does end up in Court, it may be an 'unrecordable' offence that simply does not appear on the criminal record. If it does find its way onto the criminal record, it will be recognised for what it is, a very low level offence, not worth losing an employee who presumably has passed a series of stringent tests and interviews.

 

I recommend that you reply to letters, explaining that you are a foreign visitor to this country, that you thought your Oyster had worked. You might end up having to pay some form of administrative penalty.

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Thank you so much for your reply.

A friend told me I should also call them directly to explain the situation. Do you think I should call them? Will they be able to tell me immediately if we can close the case by paying a penalty only?

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I always recommend writing, but others suggest a phone call.

 

If you have a number, you could try.

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