12 February, 2009
Playing by the rules in the Multiculture
And they netted a fair old haul.
Let's see. There was the Indian chap to whom the lady REO was patiently explaining that "ticketless travel" is an offence in the UK too as she fined him £20.
There was the Nigerian lady who seemed to think that although her ticket had run out the day before she was entitled to a day's grace. As I have observed before, this seems to be a common misconception in our resident Nigerian community.
Then there was the Black lad at Cutty Sark DLR who, as the waiting phalanx of ticket inspectors hove into view beyond the top of the escalator, suddenly changed his mind about getting off there. I haven't seen anybody move so fast in quite a while. Now I know that people of West African heritage excel in the 100m sprint, but if running down the up escalator were to become an Olympic sport, I'll bet they'd do pretty well at that too.
Was the lady REO you spotted pale complexioned by any chance ? If she was, that'll mean another downward ratchet in 'community cohesion'.
You talk about being old, Edwin Greenwood, but were you ever young?
There wasn't a lot of scope for fare dodging when I was a kid in Manchester. 99% of travel was by bus, and all the buses had eagle-eyed conductors (or 'guards' as they were called in that part of the world) with phenomenally good memories. Perhaps I'm just jealous.