People are nice

09 Apr

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.


Posted by on April 9, 2008 in be happy, work


3 responses to “People are nice

  1. jon

    April 10, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Told ya. The way you behave is reflected back at you.

  2. Friendless

    April 11, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Just after my wife left me and took the car I was catching the train into the city on the weekend. I had no coins so couldn’t buy a ticket, and of course the ticket inspectors turned up. I had about a dozen old weekly tickets in my wallet, yet they insisted on giving me an official warning. Can you say “officious”? Can you say “martinet”? I WANTED to have a ticket, yet they insist on this adversarial system where people are punished when they are doing the best they can.

  3. melissainau

    April 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Yeah 😦

    This guy was really nice about it, at least. But ugh.


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