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That's what you get for using a credit card for every purchase, even if it's just a sandwich. That turned out to be a really expensive sandwich (+£44).

Posted by
23860 posts

Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt.

There is a limited repertoire of excuses, but an almost infinite combination of them. I've heard most of them. I was usually considerably more blunt - that Guard has finesse. Props.

(when he gets back to his hidey-hole I know who will have the smugness now - a great deal of happiness ensues when you know you have them and can work it around to have a confession and result) I don't like people not paying for what everybody else has to.

Posted by
2847 posts

A great story. I especially liked this exchange at the beginning:
"Can I see your ticket, please?"
"Oh, I need to buy a ticket."
I especially liked it because I first thought that there was a question mark after the answer.

Posted by
2041 posts

Love it. Thanks for posting.

And I read it the same way Robert did.

Posted by
8889 posts

"Can I see your ticket, please?"
"Oh, I need to buy a ticket."

There are some trains where it is normal to buy a ticket on the train. Some of the stations on the route are unmanned, and don't even have a ticket machine, though this would not apply to Wigan or Carlisle which are major stations.
"I need to buy a ticket" is then a normal thing to say, or "Ticket from xx to yy please".

Posted by
195 posts

That story is priceless! and yes, how sleazy to travel at others' expense.

Nigel, I love the image I now have of the train guard doing a little jig back in his hidey-hole : )

I found the ads in the original link annoying, so I hunted down the original thread on Twitter (you don't need to have a Twitter account to read it).

Posted by
9450 posts

I love the GiFs he chose! What a story! Thanks for the laugh. I do admire the British ability to spot BS.

Posted by
2788 posts

I was wondering if 'Sluthing' was another British town whose pronunciation I was sure to get wrong.

Posted by
8889 posts

I was wondering if 'Sluthing' was another British town whose pronunciation I was sure to get wrong.

Actually there is one in Yorkshire and one in Sussex, with different pronunciations.