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Old 09.11.2012, 11:36
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I don't understand the point of this post. Are you generalizing all train conductors based on this one incident? You witnessed one nutjob train inspector and did nothing about it. So really, who is the "bad" one here?

I have commuted for many years for work before buying a car and have never seen anything but politeness and efficiency from the train conductors, saying thank you to each person for showing their ticket, or wishing you a good morning, etc. In fact, I've seen them react stoically when being verbally abused by drunks or rowdy teen passengers.
I believe you didn't read the same thing as we did...
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Old 09.11.2012, 11:50
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Re: Train ticket inspector behaviour



I got onto the train between Zurich airport and Zug a couple of weeks ago, and as i entered the first class section i thought it seemed busier than usual.

I found a free seat and then started playing 'Bookworm' on my iphone.

Ticket inspector came round and he told the first group of people to move to second class very nicely. This continued all the way along the carriage and he got progressivly angry as each person only had a 2nd class ticket (except me).

By the time he reached the last group (a group of british women in their 40's) he exploded and shouted at them (in swiss german) that this was first class and basicly to get the hell out!!

One of the women shreaked in her defence exclaiming 'How were we supossed to know?'.

This is were i jumped in and explained to her everywhere the number '1' is displayed.

She was still in defensive mode and said 'I did not see it'.

To which i replyed 'Did you even look?'.

Then the ticket guy asked them to hurry up and move as they were now bothering paying 1st class customers.


I was now left in the carriage all alone.......i may or may not have gotten naked.


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Old 09.11.2012, 12:11
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I already had thanked you for the post. Is there a way to thank twice for that pic?
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Same here.

I think I'll send him some greens



Plus, I cannot stop imagining him naked
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Re: Train ticket inspector behaviour

If you forget to stamp your ticket you can use a ink pen to fill it out with the station and time.

Often times foreigners work the system to their advantage and these are the people that the conductors get very abusive with. I seen a woman claim that she thought her itinerary was a valid ticket even though it was a itinerary for a ticket to a different location on a different day. She was told to get off the train at the next station, this happens frequently with the passenger attempting to feign ignorance. Often they do it over and over again on the same route and become known. She may have just waited for the next train to continue her journey.

Anyone who tries to cheat the system should feel lucky to only receive verbal abuse and not a 80 CHF fine. But many times, as in the case of the above passanger, they dont get embarassed. In fact in their cultures the conductors are stuipd nits to fall for excuses. The problem is that these passangers do not pay their fines and the conductors know this. Their only recourse is to have the passenger arrested which they would rather not do.
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Re: Train ticket inspector behaviour

I have never had a bad experience with a ticket collector, on the contrary they seem to be very polite and efficient. I think they're just trying to do their job and of course there will be some exceptions to the rule. One question I have though, has anyone recently noticed that they have begun asking for details like from where and to where you are going and using what route? Are they gathering information for statistics or this part of their ticket check?
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Old 09.11.2012, 16:17
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Re: Train ticket inspector behaviour

Stats to combat overcrowding.
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If you forget to stamp your ticket you can use a ink pen to fill it out with the station and time.
Not any more. The rules have changed - you may only use a pen if there is no machine at the start of your trip.

And even then there may be problems:
SBB Complaint: Fined for handwriting date on day pass

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In fact in their cultures the conductors are stuipd nits to fall for excuses. The problem is that these passangers do not pay their fines and the conductors know this. Their only recourse is to have the passenger arrested which they would rather not do.
The majority of people I've seen caught for riding without a ticket have handed over their Identitätskarte, not an Ausländerausweis. Are they not working the system? What are the failings in "their culture"?
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If you forget to stamp your ticket you can use a ink pen to fill it out with the station and time.

Often times foreigners work the system to their advantage and these are the people that the conductors get very abusive with. I seen a woman claim that she thought her itinerary was a valid ticket even though it was a itinerary for a ticket to a different location on a different day. She was told to get off the train at the next station, this happens frequently with the passenger attempting to feign ignorance. Often they do it over and over again on the same route and become known. She may have just waited for the next train to continue her journey.

Anyone who tries to cheat the system should feel lucky to only receive verbal abuse and not a 80 CHF fine. But many times, as in the case of the above passanger, they dont get embarassed. In fact in their cultures the conductors are stuipd nits to fall for excuses. The problem is that these passangers do not pay their fines and the conductors know this. Their only recourse is to have the passenger arrested which they would rather not do.

One of our own moderator used to ditch the train fair and he is 100% Swiss.
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Rudeness, NO EXCUSE.

But ... as so often, the huge majority of honest people have to pay the price for all those who, day in, day out - play the system. Maybe this person was the 3rd, or 4th - or more, the ticket inspector had come across that day - perhaps the 10th, or more that week, etc. Which means that the one too many gets his or her head bitten off. NOT right - at all- but far too many take the *iss, and ride on the trains with an un-stamped ticket hoping they will get a 3 for 1. And one reason why the rules have changed - and that inspectors have been instructed not to accept any excuse from anyone - be they Swiss or foreign, which is irrelevant to the issue.
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I was now left in the carriage all alone.......i may or may not have gotten naked.


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Re: Train ticket inspector behaviour

I have, unfortunately, witnessed this several times on the SBB trains. But, unfriendly and rude rail staff are found in every country. What bothers me more is that I actually drive 90% of the time. So for as little as I commute by train, I am appalled at how often I have witnessed bad service!
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Old 10.12.2012, 20:24
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report it. trains usually have CCTV, which may have captured the incident.
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