I had been a mute witness to this incident as I myself was shocked to see what these ticket collectors were up to. This happened few days before.
Things I noticed
- Ticket collectors boarded the train at Mylapore station
- Ticket collector not wearing uniform, and not even the badge. (I have seen one friendly ticket collector at Velachery Railway station in white uniform with the badge containing the name.)
- Harsh language towards commuters, looks at everyone as a suspect. Truly, this ticket collector behaved like a super cop.
The ticket collector asked for the ticket with all the passengers, I showed him my concession pass. While my co passenger said “Pass” when he showed to the ticket collector, the concession pass was already expired.
And two other Big adult looking school children were asked for the same. Guess there were doing the +2 in some school. One with the school uniform showed the pass and the other friend didn’t have anything in hand.
It was time for the one with the school uniform to get down at the station, Our friendly ticket collector said, well how could let you friend alone. If you leave him now, he will be in jail. Poor kid, just for the bad friendship he had to tag along and be part of this wild party.
Our super cop ask all the ticket less guys to pay the fine of 1000 and odd Rupees or end up in jail kind of story.
The “concession pass” guy had enough of embarrassments
Now comes the best or heights of invasion in to privacy.
So our super cop asks the school kids for the fine amount. The ticket less traveled school guy had empty pockets and now our ticket collector ask the school uniform kid to depart with all the money he has. He ask him to pull out the wallet and asks him to open and show the same to him and the other ticket collector and he tells the kid to open the secret channel of the wallet to depart with the reserve money.
I was like shocked to see and all other commuters were all in the same state. Didn’t know what to do?
I have one silly question, if any one can answer it will be great
How much is the maximum fine which can be levied, if I did a ticket less travel?
Now I have been setting reminders on my mobile for three long days to get the concession tickets. Well there can be genuine cases that people could forget to renew their passes. I just want to avoid that embarrassments.
I can understand the way ticket collectors talk to embarrass the ticket less traveler, so as not to repeat this offense. But asking to depart with their money, was too much.
BTW (by the way) does anyone know how to apply for request to the Railway board to increase the number of trains between Beach and Avadi. I have been getting tired of looking in to the watch all the time so as not to miss the beach train or the Avadi train.