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Shop a fare dodger by text

National Express trains introduced this rather innovative method of informing them if you suspect a train ticket dodger is in your carriage. It’s a gifted concept. I get really annoyed when I’ve paid my 25 quid to travel in or out of London and some likely-lad hops the barriers and into the train before the door closes, beaming to himself, whilst you stand there like a wet lemon.

No need. Whip out your handset and shop the arse!
– Taken at 10:21 AM on July 02, 2008 – cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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12 replies on “Shop a fare dodger by text”

“I've suspect that bloke sitting there hasn't got a ticket”

How will they know?!
What's the communication on the poster? Does it ask for particular info?
Could you trick it? Tell them you saw one on a different train/route and then dodge them the following day?

How much does one have to pay to report a fare dodger? What's in it for those that do the informing (other than the hope that the dodger will be caught and pay a fine?) If enough get caught, pay fines and start paying in future, will National Express bring their prices down?

The sending them to another train is a good one… I think that this is a bit of a silly service as its doing someone else's job for them.

Why not go the whole hog and follow them to work / home, take a pic and mms it to them…

Would the networks, who are the biggest robbers after all, reduce fares if everyone paid…

I don't think so….

It's a nice idea but how do they know what train you're on? And what's stopping someone who is fare dodging from texting a deliberate hoax to make sure the inspectors go on another train?

It's a nice idea but how do they know what train you're on? And what's stopping someone who is fare dodging from texting a deliberate hoax to make sure the inspectors go on another train?

The sending them to another train is a good one… I think that this is a bit of a silly service as its doing someone else's job for them.

Why not go the whole hog and follow them to work / home, take a pic and mms it to them…

Would the networks, who are the biggest robbers after all, reduce fares if everyone paid…

I don't think so….

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