Racing to get to a meeting with a new client this morning, I jumped on the first tram that arrived. I sort of knew deep down that my 10-ride tram ticket had expired, and went digging in my purse to find the coins to buy a ticket from the on-board machine. Which only accepts coins. Which I didn’t have.
Of course, next thing I hear is “Inspectors, can we see your tickets please?”
I said to the inspector nearest me, “Do you have change for $5?” He didn’t, or wasn’t allowed to give it to me, but suggested that I ask my fellow passengers, who were all looking sympathetic. I had a purse full of used tickets – it was clear that I was not a Fare Evader.
None of them did … then one woman dug around in her purse and said, “Here’s $2 though, take this, maybe someone else has the rest” – and then someone else passed me a dollar and I used all the annoying coins in my purse and bought myself a ticket.
How nice was that!
The inspector watched me buy the ticket (I have noticed them do that before) but covered the officiousness of it by chatting with me about random stuff. I’ve read so many complaints about over-zealous ticket inspectors, but this guy really was nice about it, while still doing his job. Maybe it helps that I look dumpy and respectable 😉
Note to self: The kindness of strangers is a wonderful thing. Also, find a way to pay this forward.
Other note to self: Buy a new multi-trip ticket. And always carry coins.
Oh yeah – and the meeting went well, client was nice, work is interesting and in good supply. I’m giving today a 9 so far.