A Smile For £4.60

imageIt’s a muggy, dreary day and I’m on a train up to Manchester to spend the weekend with the family, as its my sister’s birthday. We’re off to the same place we went to for Mother’s Day, so I’ve got some lovely food waiting for me this afternoon, but rather selfishly I’m looking forward to catching up on some sleep.

Normally at this ridiculous time in a morning, the train is quiet. However, today I’ve been treated to a group of loud, obnoxious students who are returning home after a night out in Birmingham. It was clear from their conversation that they had deliberately stayed up all night and waited for the train because they didn’t want to pay a £15.00 taxi fare, and loudly shared with the rest of the carriage the tickets that they had bought and what a rip-off local taxi companies were, interspersed with how hard they have worked this week. Fascinating.

However, when the train manager came to check the tickets, it became obvious that they had got the wrong ones, and after a lengthy debate the conceded that they would all have to pay a further £4.60 each, which in total came to £27.60, nearly double what they would have had to pay for a taxi. They were obviously quite gutted about it, and while I almost felt sorry for them, I couldn’t help but smile to myself after listening to their obnoxious ramblings for the last twenty minutes.

I’m a bad person for finding this amusing.

What about you guys? How has your week been?

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26 thoughts on “A Smile For £4.60

  1. You had every right to smile! You witnessed students who, contrary to their own belief system, proved that they have much to learn about the “real” world. No doubt you were at that stage once so you can certainly reflect back…………. feel sorry for them ………… and smile! 🙂

  2. I love the comeuppance! Obnoxious individuals who brag about something clever they have done, only to have their cleverness blow up in their face, priceless!!!

  3. Hi Suzie! My week has been busy, but quite uneventful. I think today will be more of the same. As soon as I get my backside off the computer, I might actually do something productive. Have fun at your sister’s birthday celebration. Given the time difference, I’m pretty sure you’ve eaten some lovely food by now and are still chuckling about the obnoxious travelers. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

      • I got the laundry done, the covers off the air conditioning units (finally) and made a weekly pilgrimage to see mom. So, yes, a few productive feats were accomplished. I also spent some time doing nothing and it felt good and weird at the same time.

  4. Karma is a funny thing, it bounces back and kicks one in the butt when they least expect it.
    My week was busy, hectic. Started out with a visit on Sunday to the Emergency Room because I thought my youngest had acute appendicitis (the problems of having parents that are both nurses, our children are always diagnosed with the most awful things and then it turns out to be nothing – rather have it that way, than the other way around). Anyway – he was just dehydrated and required 4 liters of fluid before he was able to provide a urine sample. Not to worry – he is back to normal. The rest of the week has been pretty mundane. Summer is here – we are looking at a 10 day stretch of temperatures over 100. Yuch!!!!!! Hope you have a lovely weekend and get lots and lots of rest!!!!

  5. That’s funny! The SundayBlogShare piece of mine you shared was partly about my doctor making me feel like an idiot, and then I had to laugh because she couldn’t figure out the office’s new computer system! So, I guess I’m a little bit evil too!

  6. Don’t worry, you’re not a bad person. It’s the stuff we love smiling about just being happy that we don’t have to deal with that kind of s*** anymore 😀

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