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Re: Finally got caught on the train 80CHF fine

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This week I was on a train to Lucerne and a young man in his 30s did not have a valid ticket. He said that he forgot to buy it. The controller told him to buy it in the SBB application and show it later. He didn't fine him. The man carried his laptop open and looked like an executive. Two days later, another girl was on the train, also going to Lucerne, without a ticket. She said she was very stressed that morning and that's why she didn't buy the ticket. Again, the controller allowed her to buy it, pay and no problem. Have the rules changed? Or does it all depend on how the person looks?

I was a regular traveler on the IC5 for a year and saw this several times. One day I just asked the contrôleur why people could get away without fines. He told me they're quite tolerant in Intercity (IC) ones because if you miss one of those you have to wait at least half an hour for the next one. If not, 1 hour. But, being caught without a ticket on a IR, R or S means a fine. Waiting for the next train 5 min later is not a problem.

So, what kind of train?
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Re: Finally got caught on the train 80CHF fine

I typically buy my ticket beforehand but have had the misfortune of forgetting and buying one for a later train after already boarding. I have been checked before and had this found out. The SBB person has told me that as long as it wasnt purchased in the few minutes leading up to them checking it, IE buying it because you know you got caught, they are more than happy to let you go your way.
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