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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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2013-12-11 09:06:37 AM

lifeboat: 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?


Nope.
Believe it or not I pay to be harrased and inundated with stupid rules, requests and limitations.
 
2013-12-11 09:06:52 AM
Has anyone mentioned that Tokyo has been doing this since for-ev-ver??
 
2013-12-11 09:07:25 AM

AtlanticCoast63: 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


What's funny is that song was literally a campaign song for a progressivist (not quite a socialist, as is sometimes reported).
 
2013-12-11 09:14:48 AM

DGS: 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.


I stopped using the South Shore because I was using too many of those. Work was peeved, but, I wasn't in trouble. It was more the loss of pay that made me stop using them.
 
2013-12-11 09:21:19 AM

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

Reginald? Is that you?

PS: /shakes tiny fist.


I didn't get where I am today by not knowing my memes!
 
2013-12-11 09:37:16 AM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: 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.


Yeah, discovered that after I posted my comment. I still think that exit fares are a pain for those short on money.
 
2013-12-11 09:47:37 AM

dragyne: 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


All I can say is that my train was pretty late,
And I hope my employment's not tempting fate.
All I can do is hand MTA's note to you,
"this was when the train was due."
But it's too late.
Too late.
Too late.
 
2013-12-11 09:55:36 AM

Karma Chameleon: 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.


They have to live out there in Outer Buttfark because your company pays garbage can wages and most of them couldn't afford to live any closer to the business district.
 
2013-12-11 09:57:40 AM

chitownmike: 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?


ha yes!
 
2013-12-11 10:08:04 AM

tripleseven: 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.


And this was on the New York Subway...?  I've been riding the subway almost every (week)day since the turnstiles only took tokens, and I've never heard an announcement to note my car number for any reason.  (Or maybe it was just unintelligible like most announcements?)

Not that calling on the MTA to confirm a delay actually would prove anything. Their policy measures train tardiness by how far behind schedule it is when it arrives at the terminal stop on the line. This allows a lot of delays to be hidden from the official record by shortening or even eliminating some station stops when a train is at risk of coming in late.
 
2013-12-11 10:29:50 AM
www.trailrunningclub.com

/hot like the coffee
 
2013-12-11 11:55:36 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.


CFT, LS
 
2013-12-11 05:48:53 PM

poot_rootbeer: tripleseven: 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.

And this was on the New York Subway...?  I've been riding the subway almost every (week)day since the turnstiles only took tokens, and I've never heard an announcement to note my car number for any reason.  (Or maybe it was just unintelligible like most announcements?)

Not that calling on the MTA to confirm a delay actually would prove anything. Their policy measures train tardiness by how far behind schedule it is when it arrives at the terminal stop on the line. This allows a lot of delays to be hidden from the official record by shortening or even eliminating some station stops when a train is at risk of coming in late.


Yes, twice, on the F train, I have been delayed due to "switching problems" and they have announced to note the car number.

Here's an article from 2010: http://nypost.com/2010/06/05/blame-it-on-train/ announcing the online service (I suppose it was just for subway and not for MN or LIRR at that point.  But from the article there is this:

~~The service was already popular in its snail-mail/phone form.


Its been in place since at least 2005.  I recall, because I remember exactly what client I was headed to when I was delayed at that time, and I only worked for them in 2005.
 
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