A blog about all and nothing
On my way home from work I took the tram (Strassenbahn). At some point a controller comes and asks for our tickets. Ok, nothing extraordinary about that. I shown my ticket. Then the controller asks the guy next to me. The dialog between then was something like this:
Controller: Tickets please!
Guy: I don’t have any.
Controller: Do you have an ID?
Controller: Where do you live? Do you live in Frankfurt?
Guy: No, I sleep at the train station tonight.
Controller: …. Next time buy a ticket!
Kind controller don’t you think?
This happening reminds me of the time I got caught without the right ticket. It was about 1 year ago. I thought I could use a short-haul (Kurzstrecke) to get home. This short line costs about 1 euro less than a normal ticket in Frankfurt (e.g. 2.75 euros). Problem is… I actually should have used a normal ticket.
I tried explaining to the controller, that I bought the wrong ticket by mistake. If I didn’t want to pay for the ride, I wouldn’t have bought any ticket at all. If I wanted to cheat, I would have done it for 2,75 euros, not only 1 euro!
Anyway, long story short, the controller didn’t understand this. I had to get our of the train (S-Bahn), give them my address and receive my 40,- euros fine. There were about 5-6 controllers that surrounded me like as was some kind of killer. I was really annoyed by this. Luckily when I went to pay my fine, the employee just made me pay 20,- euros. Very generous, what can I say.
Anyway, this brings me to some questions:
1) Should all persons be controlled the same way or not?
2) Is this an ethical treatment? (I felt a bit discriminated thinking about the way they treated me 1 year ago. On the other hand, I don’t live on the streets, thank God!, I can afford to pay the 20,- euros).
3) Was the guy telling the truth or just didn’t give a shit and dropped some lies to get away without a fine?
Would really like to hear your opinion about this situation.
Oh well, c’est la vie! Or in other words: It’s just another day in paradise 🙂