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It's the darnedest thing. - Balinares

Jan. 30th, 2012

07:09 pm - It's the darnedest thing.

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The wonkiest thing happened this morning.

In lieu of ads at the train station, there were large posters from the European Commission. The contents, paraphrased: "You have RIGHTS. If you trip is turning to nightmare, contact the Commission at this URL or call this toll-free number."

Also, this morning, for the first time ever, the train ran early.

Sometimes there are such freaky coincidences...



EDIT: Ok, guys, you've GOT to check this out.

This evening, the train left exactly on time, arrived exactly on time. With about a third the usual number of seats.

So people had to twist themselves between the seats and other people to even fit. Even after three stops worth of people getting off, it was still crammed full.

Yes, they can legally do that. No, the European Commission can't do jack about that.

I see what they did there. We all saw what they did there.

Or maybe, you know, this is another coincidence.

But I'm beginning to wonder how one can get organized to address such coincidences frontally.

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From:avon_deer
Date:January 30th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, for a day when i see such a poster in a British station
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From:balinares
Date:January 30th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
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... You may want to check out the edit I've just added to this post.
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From:kefen
Date:January 30th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Well, one would think they can't control tickets in packed trains, but that's not much comfort.

(And I know, they can still try and control you at the station, although I'd love to see how long it'll take before someone gets hurt and general strike ensues...)

As to the legality of this, can't the Commission get them about security matters?
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From:balinares
Date:January 30th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
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They don't need to control tickets. These are commuter trains. People pay by the month. (Which also means they have a fairly solid idea ahead of time how many people they'll have to seat, for that matter...)
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From:delphinelicorne
Date:January 31st, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
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I've spent last month in commute train and honestly there was at least one person in my wagon each day they controlled who didn't have a ticket, despite it being such a train.
It wasn't cramped as you said yours was thought but even in full train, they'd control each time I got in.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
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Not sure what you're getting at. On my line I see controls once or twice a month in average, maybe. And when the train is crammed, they don't control because YOU CAN'T MOVE. Controllers don't actually phase across matter and packed flesh.
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From:delphinelicorne
Date:February 1st, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
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Well, obviously, it seems that your train is far more packed up than the one I used to ride. :p
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I thought that was obvious from my post. Sorry if it wasn't.
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From:delphinelicorne
Date:February 1st, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
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No, I am the one who should apologize for not reading your text correctly.
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From:balinares
Date:February 1st, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Don't sweat it, it's okay.
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From:kelfstein
Date:February 5th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Not to excuse anything but they may have had to pull a car from the train due to brake failure or something other safety issue. Of course it could have been some jackass trying to save a few euros with one less car on the train.
I wish there was a commuter train between my home town and where I work. I drive 80 kilometers per day to work which is an improvement since I bought half a duplex house much closer to work, my old commute was 160 kilometers per day.
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From:balinares
Date:February 6th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Both times it was a different train model than usual, one that already has significantly fewer seats per car. And both times they only put in half the usual number of cars for that particular model... So I'm finding it difficult to find them excuses. I could have understood their having a bad logistical day and being one train short, if they'd announced it and maybe apologized. But no, apparently it's a recurring thing now (other people had the same treatment on other lines and at other times) and nobody got a WORD of explanation.

So no matter how you look at it the whole thing looks like a company realizing it can grab the money and then not deliver the service and get away with it, and reacting accordingly.
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From:issarlk
Date:February 7th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Looks like a lot of people are angry:
http://www.maligne-ter.com/creil-compiegne-stquentin/index.php?post/2011/01/12/cadencement
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From:balinares
Date:February 7th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I always love it when I open a comment thread and I see Twilight Sparkle. Twilight Sparkle makes me happy.

Other than that, yeah, from the shape of things I hear in the train, it can't go on much longer like that before the riots start. Reportedly, the other day, they had to dispatch a squadron of policemen to canalize people into one particularly crowded train... And deny access to those who couldn't fit. It's funny how there's never enough staff to help see people safely home, but when the situation goes particularly tensed, somehow dozens of cops materialize from thin air.
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