The train to Gatwick sucks

I just remembered something I haven't ranted about yet! Last time when I went back to Holland, I used my Oyster card to travel to Gatwick airport, only to find out upon entering the airport that I couldn't use my Oyster to pay there. Instead, as the wannabe security person told me, I had to get out at a previous station and buy a regular ticket for the remainder of the journey. Then he charged me 20 pounds for not traveling with a valid ticket. This is retarded for several reasons:

  • At no time before reaching the airport was I notified that I couldn't use my Oyster card.
  • They could've just charged me for the remainder of the journey.

How many tourists are falling for this trap every day and are forced to pay bribe money to the British rail service? I cannot help but compare this to Japan, where if the same thing happened, a Japanese rail official would apologize for not having a Suica (Oyster) card reader in place at the station, and then deduct me for only the remainder of the journey.

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