Have you ever been a ticketless traveller?

India
August 20, 2009 1:30am CST
Once when I traveled by train for an overnight journey I had a co passenger with me who was a lady with a kid. As the ticket checker came to check the ticket she replied to him quite undisturbed that her child who was around 3-4 years old threw the ticket out of the window.The checker was surprised for a while but as she was alone with the kid he checked her name with the list and went off. We were really surprised at the cool behaviour of the lady and thought she would be fined, It was a good escape for her. Have you ever traveled without a ticket or have you witnessed anyone being caught and fined ?
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10 responses
• China
21 Aug 09
Hi, I aways buy a ticket, but there have been times when there was no one at the train station to buy the ticket from, so I paid the checker and traveled without a ticket.
• Switzerland
20 Aug 09
I actually tried once. When I was on my way to my mother in law, I forget to get a ticket from the ticketing machine in the bus because I was talking to a friend over the phone. Also, the place is just nearby. I think just ten bus stops. I am lucky that no checker come and check the tickets. Since I was using the bus, I have not seen any bus checker for the tickets. I do not want to try it again because the fine is too much and I cannot pay them. Have a nice day. Keep posting. Happy mylotting. Jeff
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Yes, I have seen tricks similarly done when I was travelling on a British Rail from Basildon, Essex to London once several years ago. Two young teenagers quickly started arguing when the conductor came to do his rounds checking on tickets. One started blaming the other "sister" for losing the ticket, pretending to open their purses to look for the lost tickets. They claimed to have lost their money as well. The conductor politely ask them to leave the car the next stop, which also happens to be their destination. That's what I call cunning!
@tutor19us (455)
• India
20 Aug 09
Well, this one reminded me of my own experience. When I was in Kolkata, I used to take the metro rail to work. On that day, I bumped into a college friend near the station. We started yakking and went inside the station. My friend insisted on buying my ticket. We waited for the train, boarded, and yakked some more. Now, my friend had to get down one step before me. So, when his stop came, he got off and I happily said Bye, Keep in touch etc. I was very tired and wanted to go home and sleep. When my station arrived, I got off and took the elevator down. Now, in my station, there are no checkings. That day, thee were these inspectors standing near the exit and checking each and every passenger. I calmly stood in the queue and waited for my turn. When it came, I put my hand inside my bag and pulled out my ticket. The inspector took one look at it and said, this is yesterday's ticket. I was shocked, then I recalled that I had completely forgotten to get my ticket from my friend! I was so embarassed. I told the inspector this story. He listened to me patiently and said, no problem. Please pay the fine, and you can go. Now I had never paid a fine. But, I had the dubious distinction of becoming a ticketless traveller on that day. I paid the fine, took the receipt and came home. I told my parents who took it calmly. It was a very embarassing moment for me. :)
• India
20 Aug 09
I have travelled without tickets alongwith my parents. We had to travel by day train which started at six in the morning so had to buy the tickets just before boarding. We reached the station late due to some unavoidable reason and there was a long queue for the tickets. We had to board the train without fail that day itself so we took the courage to board the train without ticket. We were lucky that day as the ticket checker did not turn up in that particular coach.We reached our destination at around 11.30 am. The problem started right then. We could not go out of the station without showing the tickets not could we stay back in the station. Suddenly we were struck by an idea. My dad asked me and my mom to wait back. He returned back with three platform tickets. We went out of the station with those tickets. Thus we became the bad ticketless passengers. Later never have i tried this trick. I feel guilty.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
20 Aug 09
I travel by train quite often, and I think I've seen it all and done it all... I only take the train for about 70 km, and most of the people taking this train have poor wages and they rather pay the checker 1/3 of the ticket's price and risk a more strict control and a fine. I usually buy a ticket, but there have been times when there was no one at the train station to buy the ticket from, so I paid the checker and traveled without a ticket. I've also seen thorough controls, when the train is stopped in the middle of the field and surrounded by masked cops with police dogs. That's when you really see the train emptying and the people traveling without a ticket rounded up and fined. It's not a pretty sight, but it's really necessary, as the large number of people that are not paying for the ticket translates in low income for the transport company and they gradually reduce the number of trains and don't care about the poor conditions the paying travelers need to endure...
• United States
20 Aug 09
So she really had the ticket but her child lost it right? I've taken the train a few times and the passengers in my cargo always had their tickets. It's only 6 dollars for the most expensive ticket so I think most people pay the price instead of risking the chance of being fined
@daliaj (5689)
• India
20 Aug 09
I was a ticktless traveller sometime ago. It happened because I was using a ticket for one month. Once the ticket is expired, I forgot the fact and kept going using the old ticket. I only reaized that it was time to change after one week of expiry of the ticket. Luckily, I never caught.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
20 Aug 09
It was during my college days. We were a gang of three lady brats...One day we ventured out to parees (it is a town in south india)It was fun, we were going to every single shop and came out without buying anything. All we did were to go in and ask the price of some materials there. Finally when we were done with this, we diecided to go back to our hostel and took a bus. Two of us go in from the rear end and one from the other end. When the conductor(it is not automatic here) asked where to? we said the other one has taken the ticket for us...the third one also said the same that we had taken the ticket. We tried hard to supress our laughter and burst into a laugh as soon as we got down. Seeing this the conductor got wind of the entire episode, but he just waved at us and smiled...
• Philippines
20 Aug 09
Yes this happened to me on a train. for some reason I lost my ticket and I was on my way to the bank to get some money. Sadly I have no money on me to buy me a new ticket. But luckily, a friend of mine showed up at the station and I borrowed some then paid her after I have got some money. The funny thing is, similar situations like this happened to me about three times already.