I'm always prepared.....I have a ticket....I play by the rules.
So today, I was in Mainz and bought a one-way ticket back across the river, to my little village on the outskirts of Wiesbaden....all within the 6500- area (fantastic that Wiesbaden and Mainz, along with their 'burbs' all fall into this one zone).
So, I flash my ticket and think I have nothing to worry about.
The dimwit audit person takes one brief look....goes into a wrong-ticket stance, and I'm sitting there in disbelief about the stupidity of this audit person. I state my position....it's the one and only ticket required....I am correct. She's shaking her head.
There's an argument about to erupt.
The thing here....is that this is probably one of the few jobs in the world where you could barely graduate from any school.....barely speak German....and be half-way incompetent, and still get a full-time job. I don't want to insult anyone but even a McDonalds employee has to be somewhat smart to do all the various processes required to make the shift operation work. As you look over at a grocery operation.....you can be minor bit dim and lack enthusiasm but still make it in the profession. But the ticket audit business for buses? It just doesn't take much to be in the profession. Face it....where will you go in twenty years? You probably get one single pay-raise every ten years and feel happy with the hours involved.
I rarely get negative about German competence but I crossed that line today.