Jobsworth ?

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26/11/2012 at 07:50

I've just travelled in to work on the tram and an elderly lady got on with her walking stick and shopping bag. The tram inspecter asked to see her pass which, because it must have been some sort of senior citizen type pass, was not valid until after 9:30. The inspector told the lady that she would have to pay or get off, so the old lady got off.

Was the inspector right to ask the old lady to get off even though she had a pass ? (obviously there are time restrictions on it). Or should she have shown some compassion and a bit of common sense and turned a blind eye ? If it's the latter where do you stop turning a blind eye ?

26/11/2012 at 08:02
OAP trying it on as usual..... I can't queue in tesco cos I can't stand that long....
26/11/2012 at 08:05

It does sound a bit harsh but then it must have been very very early given that your post is at 7.50. She must have known she wasn't allowed to travel at that time. 

I think if had been nine o'clock or something she might have been allowed to get away with it. 

26/11/2012 at 08:11

Harsh yes but it does my head in when old folk only have to wait until the working population go to work.  They then have all day to be slow and pace themselves.

supermarket shopping in the evening is getting worse, why are they there?  Bored or just a jolly to wind up the working folk? 

don't start me on mobility scooters, seen too many folk run over by them!

cougie    pirate
26/11/2012 at 08:21
Is it any different from Osborne travelling first class when he didn't have the ticket.

I don't think it's a jobs worth situation. The guy is doing what he's paid to do.
seren nos    pirate
26/11/2012 at 08:29

agree with cougie..........ifit was a teenager trying the same with a students card.would you feel the same way

26/11/2012 at 08:37

if it was 9:20 then yes, but at 7:50am no, hes doing his job.

Plum    pirate
26/11/2012 at 08:58

She should have been impaled on her walking stick and left at the bus stop as an example to others not to try it on, bloody twirlies  ..................

 

................... slightly biased ex bus driver 

26/11/2012 at 09:08

They are not allowed out before 9, at 12 hurded into a corner until 2, let out again and at 5 sent home. 

As for weekends............ 

when i am old i will surely be out at all the wrong times!

 

 

26/11/2012 at 10:02
Cheshercat wrote (see)

Harsh yes but it does my head in when old folk only have to wait until the working population go to work.  They then have all day to be slow and pace themselves.

supermarket shopping in the evening is getting worse, why are they there?  Bored or just a jolly to wind up the working folk? 

don't start me on mobility scooters, seen too many folk run over by them!

I wonder why so many very elderly people go to my local supermarket on Saturdays.  If I had all week to go, I'd choose a less busy day.

On the OP's question: No, I don't think the inspector was being a jobsworth.   You'd think people who COULD travel after the rush is over would do so!

 

Edited: 26/11/2012 at 10:02
26/11/2012 at 10:11

i'm no fan of pensioners clogging up the works, but if unless it was a packed train I think the guard could have been a bit lenient. Maybe he was worried about someone else checking her ticket and then he'd be in the sh!t, but what harm is one old lady on the train going to do? I'm not saying anyone is entitled to a free ride just because they're elderly or whatever, but a little perspective is always refreshing. I find it frustrating when people hide behind rules.

26/11/2012 at 10:11
I'd be lost with out my senior citizens bus pass. Without it I'd have to run everywhere.
26/11/2012 at 10:13
"i'm no fan of pensioners clogging up the works"...what would you suggest, Euthanasia?
26/11/2012 at 10:18

The supermarket thing is true and baffling.

When I was off work for 6 months I'd be in there at 10.30am - there were very few of them around then.

I suppose I can understand it if they are waiting for markdowns at the end of the day but it doesn't seem like that as far as I can see.

26/11/2012 at 10:26

Fresh bread tastes nice.  Milk runs out.  Old people shopping on a weekend isn't really that bizarre is it?

26/11/2012 at 10:27

Most people in the supermarket are a nightmare, especially WOMEN! They dilly dally over buying things, have to look at everything then buy the first thing they saw. I go in, know what I want, buy it march out! I can do a weeks shopping in 10 minutes easy.

Jobsworth's... call me cynical but people change their tune to suit themselves, one day honest john, next day back hander.

26/11/2012 at 10:47
PhilPub wrote (see)

Fresh bread tastes nice.  Milk runs out.  Old people shopping on a weekend isn't really that bizarre is it?

Those that I see every weekend aren't just getting a pint of milk and a fresh loaf - they're filling their trolleys.

If I could go on a quiet weekday afternoon, rather than on a heaving Saturday, I certainly would.  Why put yourself through it if you don't have to?  

I had last Friday off, so went then instead - it was much quieter and there was more choice of fruit and veg.

26/11/2012 at 11:01

Some old bods just can't break the habits of a lifetime. Even my own parents were still fighting the hoards on Saturday morning ten years after they retired.

I suggested maybe a quieter day. My elder brother just called them a pair of geriatric c**ts.!

I assumed he still had unresolved issues.

26/11/2012 at 11:10
"If I could go on a quiet weekday afternoon, rather than on a heaving Saturday, I certainly would" - I'd recommend between 3:15 and 3:45pm (post school run) especially if you fancy clogged up carparks, harrassed housewives, screaming kids and blocked up isles.
26/11/2012 at 11:21

old people should be shot at birth

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