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(Daily Mail)   Dear Boss, please excuse Bob from being late today, his train was delayed. Signed the MTA   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 63
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2013-12-10 11:46:16 PM  
Badger ate a junction box at New Malden?
 
2013-12-10 11:49:16 PM  
Tokyo has been doing this forever
 
2013-12-11 12:05:46 AM  
Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned
He may ride forever
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned.
 
2013-12-11 12:29:05 AM  
Here in DC it's a valid excuse for just about everyone being 10-20 minutes late for everything. With METRO going down with a dollar hooker and traffic which can vary by 45 minutes of driving time we just sort of expect everyone to be late.
 
2013-12-11 12:37:33 AM  

Gwendolyn: Here in DC it's a valid excuse for just about everyone being 10-20 minutes late for everything. With METRO going down with a dollar hooker and traffic which can vary by 45 minutes of driving time we just sort of expect everyone to be late.


Being only 10-20 minutes late on the red line is a GOOD DAY
 
2013-12-11 01:49:29 AM  
It's a good idea.
 
2013-12-11 05:28:40 AM  
Missed a great "signed, Epstein's mother" joke subby.
 
2013-12-11 05:33:49 AM  
Dearest Robert:

Neither I, nor this company, are interested in your problems. We are interested in solutions. You have until 1400 to clear out our locker and surrender our keys. You are trespassing thereafter.

Thx,
The man, esq.
 
2013-12-11 05:35:26 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Badger ate a junction box at New Malden?


Reginald? Is that you?
 
2013-12-11 05:36:19 AM  

DrPainMD: KarmicDisaster: Badger ate a junction box at New Malden?

Reginald? Is that you?


PS: /shakes tiny fist.
 
2013-12-11 05:36:50 AM  
Hey, I should probably forward the to the new haven line. They pull off being on time maybe once a week
 
2013-12-11 05:38:07 AM  
21 days to get one of these notes. Gee, that is efficient.
 
2013-12-11 05:50:13 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


Yeah.

Plus, it makes people who delay the train finacially responsible for the delay. Or, more usually, their estate.
 
2013-12-11 05:51:43 AM  
Yeah, NO. Grown adults don't need notes. If you can't tell that the person you hired is a twat, suck it.
 
2013-12-11 06:04:53 AM  
Now all night long Charlie rides through the station

Cryin, "What will become of me?"

"How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea

or my cousin in Roxbury?"


/Those guys were about as avant-garde as we got in my house growing up
 
2013-12-11 06:40:01 AM  
NJ transit has done this for years
 
2013-12-11 06:41:15 AM  

zedster: Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned
He may ride forever
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned.


No he never returned

No train
 
2013-12-11 07:00:16 AM  

sleeps in trees: Yeah, NO. Grown adults don't need notes. If you can't tell that the person you hired is a twat, suck it.


This.
My work doesn't need a doctor's note for sick off/leave.

Oddly enough, my kids' school does.
 
2013-12-11 07:11:50 AM  

Gwendolyn: Here in DC it's a valid excuse for just about everyone being 10-20 minutes late for everything. With METRO going down with a dollar hooker and traffic which can vary by 45 minutes of driving time we just sort of expect everyone to be late.


Which I find ridiculous, especially with the people I work with. Just because people decide for whatever reason to live way the F out in Springfield or Court House or wherever doesn't mean they should get a free pass for being late. Get your suburbs loving ass up earlier.
 
2013-12-11 07:13:21 AM  
i1.wp.com
 
2013-12-11 07:14:13 AM  
I'll have to mention that to a Metro North commuter friend of mine whose train was delayed a couple days ago because...shiatting you not...it ran out of diesel fuel and they had to go get another train.

And this is AFTER the Spuyten Duyvil derailment. So much for that new attention to detail.
 
2013-12-11 07:23:58 AM  
Wat? This is a thing that requires an article? Chicago has also been doing this for years, hell I got one yesterday cause my train had "switching" problems and was 20 minutes late.
 
2013-12-11 07:26:42 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Neither I, nor this company, are interested in your problems


this. you should have taken an earlier train instead of cutting it so close.
 
2013-12-11 07:29:32 AM  

Shadi: Just another Heartland Weirdass: Neither I, nor this company, are interested in your problems

this. you should have taken an earlier train instead of cutting it so close.


shut your word hole.
 
2013-12-11 07:30:31 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


Osaka too.  Of course they're efficient enough to hand them out on the platform.  In four years I never needed one, probably because I made it a point to avoid JR whenever possible.
 
2013-12-11 07:36:51 AM  

Katolu: Missed a great "signed, Epstein's mother" joke subby.


My first thought.  But then again I am old enough to get that joke.
 
2013-12-11 07:41:00 AM  

Shadi: Just another Heartland Weirdass: Neither I, nor this company, are interested in your problems

this. you should have taken an earlier train instead of cutting it so close.


For many of us, the earlier train is 30-60 minutes earlier. Not the subway, obviously. it's impractical to get to work an hour before you need to in order not to be 15 minutes late once a month.
 
2013-12-11 07:45:11 AM  

Koodz: dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever

Osaka too.  Of course they're efficient enough to hand them out on the platform.  In four years I never needed one, probably because I made it a point to avoid JR whenever possible.


JR isn't the problem, it's stress.

I used to take the Seibu Shinjuku line from Kawagoe to Shinjuku. Suicides were more common than sunny days! All the time. The Tobu Tojo isn't much better. Commuter trains lend themselves to suicide, I guess.
 
2013-12-11 07:51:45 AM  
Print fake MTA excuses in 3 ... 2 ...
 
2013-12-11 07:56:50 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


This. It's so rare that a train doesn't come right on time that my friends and I could set our watched by them.
 
2013-12-11 07:59:27 AM  

wambu: Print fake MTA excuses in 3 ... 2 ...


There's a teensy problem with that.

The train schedules are, if there's three IQ points in the whole operation, public record. IF anyone should double check, it's gonna be bad times.
 
2013-12-11 08:01:31 AM  
This really seems absurd. If you manage people that use mass transit, you have to acknowledge that they may be late, due to issues with the trains/buses/etc. occansionally. If lateness is a chronic issue, the employee needs to get an earlier train/bus/etc. or chenge their schedule to start later.
 
2013-12-11 08:05:39 AM  
 
2013-12-11 08:14:04 AM  

vonapathy: Wat? This is a thing that requires an article? Chicago has also been doing this for years, hell I got one yesterday cause my train had "switching" problems and was 20 minutes late.


BNSF yesterday morning?
 
2013-12-11 08:22:34 AM  

zedster: Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned


Exit fares are a phenomenally bad idea. The song was a response to an actual thing.

Say what you want about them, but card systems have rendered the idea unnecessary.
 
2013-12-11 08:29:55 AM  
This is not new. Many times I have been delayed on the subway and they announce to note your car number down. Your boss then can call the MTA and verify the delay.

The online part and printing out the letter may be new.
 
2013-12-11 08:30:33 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


Yeah, I'm so used to it that I was searching the article for the fark-worthy part.
 
2013-12-11 08:31:20 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


^^^Came to say this.

I think for as little as 1 minute behind schedule.
 
2013-12-11 08:40:39 AM  

dragyne: NJ transit has done this for years


And so has the MTA.  The Daily Mail is at least two years late to the party.
 
gja
2013-12-11 08:43:57 AM  
MTA = motherfarkers tardy again
 
2013-12-11 08:47:51 AM  
farkmedown:

Exit fares are a phenomenally bad idea. The song was a response to an actual thing.

Say what you want about them, but card systems have rendered the idea unnecessary.


Philly still has them on RT 100, I think.

From what I've heard, metro-North new haven trains have been regularly 10-15 minutes late ever since the Feds started making MN obey the speed limit.  I can believe it - in college, I used to take the train from New Haven to GCT on friday evenings.  We used to regularly beat to Bridgeport the Amtrak train that left a minute or so ahead of us.  That's with two stops along the way.  5 minutes down by Stamford?  Still arrive GCT 5 minutes early.

/70mph my ass.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-12-11 08:49:07 AM  
I've received those in the past when commuting into Chicago on NICTD (South Shore line). And used them. And had them accepted as valid.
 
2013-12-11 08:49:07 AM  

Resident Muslim: sleeps in trees: Yeah, NO. Grown adults don't need notes. If you can't tell that the person you hired is a twat, suck it.

This.
My work doesn't need a doctor's note for sick off/leave.

Oddly enough, my kids' school does.


Wat? So you can't decide to keep your kids home from school without a doctor's note? Is this a public school?
 
2013-12-11 08:49:35 AM  

Arkanaut: And so has the MTA.


Except that the letters used to read "Please excuse RARRRRRRRR FWEEEEEEEEE BLEHHHHHHF for his tardiness caused by PFFFFFFFFFT  RAARRRRRR. Thank you for your forbearance."
 
2013-12-11 08:50:46 AM  
ugh. fark the MTA. fark them so hard.
 
2013-12-11 08:52:34 AM  

Gulper Eel: Arkanaut: And so has the MTA.

Except that the letters used to read "Please excuse RARRRRRRRR FWEEEEEEEEE BLEHHHHHHF for his tardiness caused by PFFFFFFFFFT  RAARRRRRR. Thank you for your forbearance."


Sand cleerada cosin' doors!
 
2013-12-11 08:52:48 AM  

farkmedown: zedster: Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned

Exit fares are a phenomenally bad idea. The song was a response to an actual thing.

Say what you want about them, but card systems have rendered the idea unnecessary.


DC metro has both cards and exit fares.  The fare increases with distance.  You can get in if your balance is at least the minimum fare.  If your card doesn't have enough money on it to pay your final fare, you pay the difference as an exit fare.

Unless this changed since I last rode DC metro around 2008 or so.
 
2013-12-11 08:53:43 AM  

doglover: Koodz: dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever

Osaka too.  Of course they're efficient enough to hand them out on the platform.  In four years I never needed one, probably because I made it a point to avoid JR whenever possible.

JR isn't the problem, it's stress.

I used to take the Seibu Shinjuku line from Kawagoe to Shinjuku. Suicides were more common than sunny days! All the time. The Tobu Tojo isn't much better. Commuter trains lend themselves to suicide, I guess.


The thing I always heard was that JR was less likely to bill your family for cleanup, so Kansai people chose JR if they wanted to catch an express from a local station. Hankyu and Hanshin ran like atomic clocks. I usually had a choice of JR or one of those wherever I was going.
 
2013-12-11 08:54:14 AM  

Gwendolyn: Here in DC it's a valid excuse for just about everyone being 10-20 minutes late for everything. With METRO going down with a dollar hooker and traffic which can vary by 45 minutes of driving time we just sort of expect everyone to be late.


Yea having worked in NYC, 10-20 minutes was pretty normal, nobody would call you out for it unless you did it every week. Anything longer than that would make the news, or result in a bunch of other people showing up really late.

I really can't think of a scenario where asking someone for it would serve a purpose.
 
2013-12-11 08:59:11 AM  

dj_bigbird: Tokyo has been doing this forever


Came to say this.
 
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