Rick Lamb was travelling on the 433 last week when he says a ticket inspector got on, fined a young girl and "forced" her off the bus.Errr yes. And?
"This was despite her producing a valid (albeit low quality) child's Oyster Card," Mr Lamb said.
"Despite two other passengers offering to pay for the girl who was visibly extremely upset, the inspector angrily dismissed their grievances and threatened to call the police on the two passengers who were simply trying to help, also claiming that he would call the police if the girl in question would not leave the bus."That's what he's supposed to do.
But TfL’s director of compliance, policing and on-street services, Steve Burton, said the inspector was well within his rights as her card was not valid.Wow! Isn't it refreshing to see a company backing their employee for once? I wonder why...?
But she wasn't the only person who the inspector had his sights set on that day. Mr Lamb himself was issued with a penalty fare for producing, what TfL deemed an invalid 'gold card'.No wonder he was backing the fare evader!
"All drivers had approved the travel card for two and half months and suddenly I'm fined under the guise that 'oh, the drivers don't look hard enough, it is invalid' and 'I'm just following orders'," he said.Yes, Nazi Germany was terrible, they wouldn't let you get away with fare evasion, eh, Rick?