what does everyone think of this

Just surprised they didn't manage to shoehorn house prices, diana or brexit into the article

Sounds like of those times a little bit of common sense should have been applied when it's bleeding obvious someone isn't gaming the system
 
Sounds like of those times a little bit of common sense should have been applied when it's bleeding obvious someone isn't gaming the system
Agreed re common sense - however the article makes it sound like they made him buy a new ticket because he couldn't prove his disability - it was because he didn't have his railcard.

I believe that you don't get a railcard automatically for being disabled; you have to purchase it and carry it with you when travelling; the train company were entirely within their rights to refuse him boarding.
 

Slime

LE
The story seems to be:
Man with no money but a false leg realises he's left his wallet in a cafe so RUNS back to the cafe. Cant find his wallet and is later refused entry to a train as the staff don't know if he is REGISTERED disabled.
A friend of the man later buys him a ticket and the man then tweets that train tickets are too expensive.

With 20/20 hindsight vision we now now the man had served in the forces.
Do we know if the chap IS registered as disabled and has a blue badge etc?
With the new PIP rules anyone who could run or simply walk 20 metres without needing to stop can be refused a blue badge. Im not saying thats a good or sensible thing but it is the rules.

Edit: I'd imagine most on ARRSE are basically good or decent people (despite what we post) whereas the train staff probably encounter chancers and dishonest people trying to get away without tickets every day.
 

Kommando69

Clanker
Edited because my grammar is pish;

It was a bit heavy handed by the transport copper placing his hands on one of ours.
Would this have happened in the US? think not.

He's a bootie as well, should have taken his leg off, and chinned someone with it.
 
He's a bootie as well, should have taken his leg off, changed into a frock and claimed discrimination as he identifies as a disabled lesbian
 

Blogg

LE
Virgin Rail platform staff ( especially those in Manchester in my experience) are in a class of their own when it comes to ticketing pedantry. And if you have bought a ticket from Trainline that seems to add an extra layer of bureaucratic BS for them to feast on.

However, whoever you are training it with, discounted Railcard tickets was are not valid without posession of the appropriate valid Railcard of whatever flavour.
 

Boris_Johnson

ADC
Moderator
DirtyBAT
As the Lance Jack of Death at Arborfield used to say...

"Sorry lad, no chitty, no fucking pity"

For the terminally outraged, ask yourselves this: Can you park in a disabled parking space without displaying your blue card? Of course not.

What should have happened... on seeing prosthetic limb, ticket staff should have simply gone to their LM to authorise letting this one go. After all, how hard can it be to look up a database to make sure the guy is listed as being in possession of a Disabled Rail Card?
 
Serves him right for travelling by train.

As the Lance Jack of Death at Arborfield used to say...

"Sorry lad, no chitty, no ******* pity"

For the terminally outraged, ask yourselves this: Can you park in a disabled parking space without displaying your blue card? Of course not.

What should have happened... on seeing prosthetic limb, ticket staff should have simply gone to their LM to authorise letting this one go. After all, how hard can it be to look up a database to make sure the guy is listed as being in possession of a Disabled Rail Card?
Next you'll be suggesting common sense be used more frequently everywhere, what the hell will the Daily Mail use for headlines when there isn't a St Diana/immigrant/house price/winter of death story?
 
Platform staff are obviously there to among other things prevent fraudulent travellers who try to avoid payment for their journey. I would imagine there are plenty of instances where they deal with people who make claims to try to avoid payment for their journey on a daily basis.

That said, they are also there to assist travellers. It's difficult to see how they couldn't have seen that this was a genuine case. He had the ticket, just not the card but he was obviously diffy a leg. Not looking into it properly and having the Police escort him away smacks of jobsworths who couldn't care less as long as the salary lands in the bank account each month.

So much for Virgins staff at Euston and their attitude to customer care. What's the betting that the Richard get's involved and he get's a champagne breakfast on a train somewhere. I hope so because I think he deserves it!
 
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Quote the Heil:

"A disabled war hero was refused access to a Virgin train and frog marched off the platform"
Really? I doubt that somehow. Escorted at a decent pace more likely.
The Heil does like to talk it up.
 

Boris_Johnson

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DirtyBAT
Quote the Heil:

"A disabled war hero was refused access to a Virgin train and frog marched off the platform"
Really? I doubt that somehow. Escorted at a decent pace more likely.
The Heil does like to talk it up.
Yeah it also put in big bold letters he'd had his wallet stolen... and in smaller font further down more accurately described as forgetting his wallet, leaving it in a public place. In Liverpool. London.

I suppose expecting it to still be sat there on the table waiting for him, is a bit like going bareback on a Kenyan whore and not expecting to be pissing cottage cheese about 3 days later...
 
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Edit: I'd imagine most on ARRSE are basically good or decent people (despite what we post) whereas the train staff probably encounter chancers and dishonest people trying to get away without tickets every day.
Yup. Come across chancers with tin legs trying it on every day. Should have thrown him under a moving train. How dare he inconvenience these people; dontcha know they're very impotent jobsworths!

FFS!
 
As the Lance Jack of Death at Arborfield used to say...

"Sorry lad, no chitty, no ******* pity"

For the terminally outraged, ask yourselves this: Can you park in a disabled parking space without displaying your blue card? Of course not.

What should have happened... on seeing prosthetic limb, ticket staff should have simply gone to their LM to authorise letting this one go. After all, how hard can it be to look up a database to make sure the guy is listed as being in possession of a Disabled Rail Card?
Stop using common sense. This is Arrse and the real world doesn't like it either.
 

Lupercal

Swinger
Edited because my grammar is pish;

It was a bit heavy handed by the transport copper placing his hands on one of ours.
Would this have happened in the US? think not.

He's a bootie as well, should have taken his leg off, and chinned someone with it.
After wrapping it in a roll mat and getting naked....
 
I suppose expecting it to still be sat there on the table waiting for him, is a bit like going bareback on a Kenyan whore and not expecting to be pissing cottage cheese about 3 days later...
How descriptive & fragrant. I'll need to use that in future.
:D
 

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