Do you have; no discernible skills? A sense of unwarranted empowerment that is neither legally nor publically recognized? A real stiffy for trench-coats and being the object of everybody’s ire? Then maybe a career as a public transportation met-cop – or a paedophile – is for you. But for everyone else, the idea of being a professional day-ruiner is one best consigned to the deepest and darkest of nightmares. The sight of those Vulture-like (no affiliation) trench-coats about to board your carriage is enough to send even the normally ice-cold Andre 3000 into fits of knee-knocking and quivering – that could be mistaken for late-onset Parkinson’s disease – so it’s an even more daunting experience for us mere-mortal fare evaders.
“The irony isn’t lost on Vulture that a scheme designed to stop people being fined, ended with the threat of a whopping fine.”
That’s why Tom Pisel, a Melbourne based entrepreneur, came up with a scheme designed to be an insurance policy against getting caught without a ticket. They called it “Tramsurance“, a pun as poorly thought out as the idea itself. In the well detailed by-lines of their website, for a small monthly fee – based on a formula that would take the collective brainpower of Matt Damon in ‘Goodwill Hunting’ and Russ Crowe in ‘A Beautiful Mind’ to comprehend- you can dip into a pool of fellow transport enthusiasts’ cash, to take the sting out of any incurred fine. Hundreds of fare evaders – who somehow managed to get the catchy tag-line of BATBYGOBSTOPL out of their heads, hit their facebook page to express interest in the scheme. Unfortunately for the racketeers, so did the Victorian Government.
After the cluster-fuck that was – and unfortunately still is – MyKi gave commuters even less reason to buy a ticket than ever before, Metro transport has been in a financial K-Hole that can’t be slept or even warded off by half a dozen coffees and subsequent blue Powerades. So the last thing they needed was less people topping up and touching their MyKis on and – most likely forgetting to touch – off. So they slapped these good honest business-men (who stood to pocket thousands in unclaimed insurance money) with an injunction to cease and desist their dastardly plans and threatened legal action if they continued.
The irony isn’t lost on Vulture that a scheme designed to stop people being fined, ended with the threat of a whopping fine and potentially jail-time for the collaborators. While the story continues to play out in the media and Met-cops continue to be possibly the morally lowest organism currently inhabiting the earth, Vulture Magazine encourages its readers to continue paying their way and definitely not read the article http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/10/how-to-dodge-fares-when-using-public-transport/ . We repeat, do not read this article found here http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/10/how-to-dodge-fares-when-using-public-transport/.
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