|Charlie to the rescue
||[Feb. 20th, 2007|07:26 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
Today I got off the T at Harvard Square, and as usual exited via the Church Street exit. As I passed through the turnstile, I saw an older woman with a German/Slavic accent arguing with a T employee. It didn't take much to get the gist of the dispute; she'd used a CharlieTicket to get in, then realised she'd forgotten something and went out to get it, and when she tried to go back in with the same ticket, it wouldn't let her because it was the same station she'd just entered. She was very agitated, and to be fair, the T employee was being kind of a jerk about it. "Hey, not my problem - you went out. You can buy another ticket, or, you can wait 20 minutes..." I mean, all he had to do was let her back in; she had a ticket, and she was so upset I doubt she was lying.
Finally, I broke in. "Excuse me, Ma'am? Here." I turned and used my CharlieCard - fortified with a Monthly Pass and valid for Harvard since I hadn't entered there - to open the gate. "There you are; go ahead." She went through in a flash, and with barely a glance to the T employee, I turned and disappeared into the crowd heading up the stairs.
So, not only a good deed done, but a chance to show the T employees what sympathy and kindness actually looks like in action.