OK, so I arrive at the train station 2 minutes before it's due to leave, normally plenty of time to buy a ticket and get on.
Today however I get an old dude who apparently doesn't know how the ticket machine works (this is his only job - to sell tickets) and takes what feels like a year working it out. I say 'Hurry up, the train is about to leave" and he replies with "You should have gotten here earlier".
I didn't say anything after that because I still had hope of making the train and when he finally did work it out (with the help of a colleague) I ended up just making the train because it was slightly delayed due to a bunch of slow old people. The irony.
In the past I would have kept talking and said something like if he had listened during training I wouldn't need to come earlier. But I decided to save that just in case I did make it. Had I missed it I would have spend the next hour waiting for the next train, and knowing me would have asked to see the manager and bitched until they gave me a discount.
This is Belfast, people don't keep quiet but who was ruder, myself or the ticket guy? Or either?
Originally posted by wolfgang59 2 mins is cutting it a bit fine don't you think?
What if one or two in front of you for ticket?
one day you will be old and slow.
They have two ticket windows and at that time of day it's always pretty quiet, 2 minutes should have been enough time. Agree I was a little late but still, dude was a complete simpleton. It;s the only thing he has to do to get paid and he doesn't know how... I'm blaming him but the fault lays with whoever hired him.
I'll be one of the guys in their 60s I met traveling around India.
Middle-aged male adults are the only productive social layer, productive in sens of earning money which supports nagging wives, spoiled children, slaves of instagram and smartphones, as well as grumbling old men.
And they are at the same time exposed to a silent discrimination. They are supposed to give their seat (both literally and metaphorically) to the screaming children, to give way to older people, they are supposed to work work work and nothing else, and all the pleasure and leisure go to the others.
They aren't even allowed to get to the train station two minutes before train's departure.