Tuesday, 12 January 2010

A Jobsworth Story

From the Mail today:
Three soldiers returning from Afghanistan were ordered off a train and threatened with arrest by a 'jobsworth' ticket inspector.

The men from the Intelligence Corps were on their way home from Helmand for a fortnight's rest and recuperation when he challenged them, claiming their rail warrants were not valid.

I've not much to add for fear of developing an acute form of tourettes, apart from that I hope they find the ticket inspector and name and shame him:
Fellow passengers watched with surprise as the inspector queried their right to travel on the 8pm train, the last service to the capital that evening.
As a fellow passenger surprise would have been way down the list of reactions I would have experienced had I been on the train.

Sadly this kind of mentality does not appear to be an exception.

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