My Fiancée and I have had a very frustrating encounter with 4 (what at first seemed to be authentic) metro ticket inspectors.
They stopped us just around the bend away from the ticket turn-styles, as we were leaving the station.
They then asked for our tickets and and put them through a scanner. They then said that the tickets were invalid. I produced my receipt which I still had as I had purchased my tickets on London at the Eurostar Station. They said that they still had to fine us €33 each for having invalid tickets.
I protested and was told that I had not used the
turn style correctly. I advised that I had. They said that I hadn't and they would be fining us the €66 euros total. I refused and at this point was extremely angry and they said they would call the police. To which I replied "please call them"
They then got the fine book out I advised that I would not be giving them any money.
I said look at the CCTV footage of me using the turn style. The one who had no English was just talking to me in French. I advised him to speak in English and call the police. I was at this point speaking in a raised voice another alleged ticket inspector approached me and said that I should calm down. Well I feel if I am being wronged I have to defend myself.
They took my ticket to prove it didn't work. But I snatched it back and walked to the turn style and proved them wrong. At this point they were still trying to tell me that I had to pay the fine.
I lost my temper and shouted at them. They then decided that it would be better to let us go.
This is a scam!! Or they would have called the police. It has left a sour taste in our mouths this was a romantic break in what is meant to be the most romantic city in the world.
I feel sorry for people who get caught out by this it's not a cheap place to visit let alone be robbed by con men in uniforms.