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Britain’s Biggest Hero Lives In Stonegate And Ticket Inspectors Spread TB In Cattle

by | 14th, April 2014

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THE biggest fare dodger in railway history is Our Hero. Every work day for five years Our Hero travelled from his home in Stonegate to London’s Canon Street station. He worked out that if he swiped an Oyster card at Canon Street but not at Stonegate, East Sussex, the machine undercharged him.

Bright lad. His quick wits and low cunning saved him £42,000 in train fares.

Could you have done it?

No? Yes?

He’s a criminal who wilfully swindled the rail company – the over-charging rail company run by fat cat managers. Not that the victim’s morals and greed matter. A crime’s a crime.

Right?

Southeastern, the firm operating the service, didn’t bother to prosecute Our Hero. They accepted an out-of-court settlement. He repaid £42,550 in unpaid fares – but remained anonymous and avoided court action. Our Hero is a hedge fund manager in the City.

Still like him?

The acting general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) get this Mick Cash, says : “This outrageous abuse of the fares system shows not only that some wealthy people think that they are above the normal rules.”

No it doesn’t. It shows that the rail companies are so greedy that only the rich can afford to try to get one over on them. The fares system is the real enemy.

The UK is home to the highest rail prices in Europe. The service is routinely dirty, late and overcrowded. The onboard buffet is the one place where London’s migrant workers can still buy a truly crap cup of tea or coffee.

If you lose your season ticket that

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