This is a collection of thoughts and statements about things that annoy me. I am a big, angry man. Hear me roar, or piss off and give me peace.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

First Scotrail being crap. Film at eleven.

First Scotrail, the conveyance people, have upset my Qi once again.

They're having a moment of insistance that I feed my season ticket through the barriers each day again, rather than shgowing it to the chap at the gate, and barely breaking pace.

The tickets are truly awful - an annual ticket, made out of card and with a mag stripe is expected to last for one year (hahahahah) and when it is taken out of the wallet, fed through the barrier a couple of times to account for misfeeds, and eventually gets read, the barriers will let you through. Or not.

Conveniently, my ticket, which expires on 6/6/6 - oh how I laughed when I got that one, has stopped working int he barriers, and the gate staff are only too happy to let me through again. Trouble is, the evening staff are different, and I have to show the ticket fails to read first, wasting my time and theirs. I am mostly worried about wasting my time though.

The reply from First Scotrail was that I could get my ticket replaced free of charge. Whilst the ticket may be free, my time is not. I shouldn't have to go through this hassle, as a regular traveller, sinply beacuse they implemented a poor technology for frequent travellers. They should use a RFID based system, like the Oyster card in London, or the badge that gets me into my place of work... Or like Lothian Buses use for their season ticket holders... But that would be too sensible!

Oh well, looks like I'll have to visit one of the magnetic field testing laboratories at work again, or leave the ticket on top of a large three phase motor for a wee while.


Tom Fielding said...

Been reading your posts.. I agree that greenpeace get it very wrong sometimes. If you don't mind me asking, what are your personal views on climate change?

Angry Steve said...

You've commented on climate change in the comments for my rant on Scotrail... Who the hell are you? What planet are you from?

I'll rant about climate change and the bad science surrounding it at a later date. When something triggers it...

Al said...

Of course, the amount of bitching and moaning about Oyster cards in London is immense. Having said that, LRT manage to run an rfid system. And they're serially inept.