A soldier returning from Iraq in full combat uniform was thrown off a train after a ticket inspector demanded proof he was eligible for an Armed Forces discount.Hmm, I guess there must be a spate of yobs dressing up as soldiers to get discounted travel on Cross Country Trains that prompted this reaction. Strange I can’t find any mention of it….
Rifleman Zachary Hoyland, 19, had been unable to pick up his Services railcard from barracks and was told the cheaper ticket he had been bought was not valid without it.
But the official refused to show any leniency, instead telling him: 'I don't know what you are complaining about.
'It's not as if you've taken a bullet or anything.'
Oh, well, I guess I’ll go with my first impression then – that Cross Country Trains employ dumb, ignorant, petty little jobsworths as ticket inspectors on their trains.
The soldier, who was wearing body armour and carrying his helmet and Army backpack at the time, yesterday admitted he had lost his temper.Well, a lot of good that does him after the incident!
But he insisted he did not physically harm the ticket inspector, who he accused of 'not liking squaddies'.
'People on the train were looking at him and couldn't believe what he was doing, and after I got off a bloke came over who had been on the train and said it was disgraceful,' he said.
A spokesman for Cross Country Trains said the company takes allegations of verbal assault on its staff very seriously.Well, I guess Cross Country Trains don’t just employ dumb, ignorant, petty little jobsworths as ticket inspectors. They also employ brain-dead corporate drones who don’t recognise the PR bonus they’ve been handed on a plate, if they issue an apology forthwith.
He added: 'There will be no discounts available without an Armed Forces railcard. We will investigate this if the gentleman concerned wishes to contact us directly.'
But then, I guess they feel they’ve got their ‘customers’ over a barrel. Because if they had an alternative, they’d have taken it, rather than put up with a company that treats soldiers like this. Wouldn’t they…?