A couple of incidents from the past few days to remind people to collect change if using public transport.
incident 1 - i met some holiday makers at the train station who needed help with the ticket machines and did not have enough coins to cover the Train tickets [19euros50] and didn;t have a card to use the blue machines.
The queue for the ticket counters was at least 30 mins long so they would miss their train if they tried waiting [i had just been in there renewing my carte zou and was glad i had a book with me].
Newsagent and station cafe and snack stand do not change money for people so they were a bit stuck-
I ended up buying the tickets for them with my card in exchange for the money .
Yesterday on the way back from Saint Vallier de Thiey, a woman tried to get on the bus en route with a 20euro note . Bus drivers will not accept 20s and above in the Alpes maritimes and Var regions , they want coins or maybe a 5euro note.
The very nice driver looked to see if he had enough change in his own money but didn't have sufficient change
i ended up giving the woman a euro coin to pay for her ticket otherwise she would have been stuck. in a place with limited transport
This is not the first time i have seen people potentially marooned somewhere fairly remote because they have notes and no coins and i helped them out with a coin or spare bus ticketEdited: 05 October 2012, 16:14