03 February 2010

Trust

This is the only kind of 'barrier' at the entrance to the platform level on the U-Bahn. Tickets are punched in the blue boxes but you can just walk through and take the train. If you are caught there is a 40 Euro fine, but there aren't that many checks. The whole system depends on honesty and seems to work well. This picture was taken at the Böhmerwaldplatz station on U4.

2 comments:

brattcat said...

This is music to my ears. Thank you for posting this. Sometimes I think civilization has lost its civility, but this note from you is quite heartening.

olli said...

Glad it encouraged you. I am always surprised at how well it works.

The biggest problem I have found is remembering to buy a ticket. I normally buy a day ticket so apart from the first time I just walk through. But if for any reason I have only bought a single ticket I have on a couple ofoccasions forgotten to buy a new onefor the next trip.

Thankfully on those couple of occasions there were no checks - the insepctors are very unforgiving and don't accept any excuses.

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