- 7 Oct 2017
The idea you should live your entire life entirely according to morals is simply not feasible. Anyone who thinks that is possible must be living in cloud cuckoo land. The rail industry, in particular, shows no qualms in disregarding what is moral if it is more operationally convenient for them, or is cheaper, or simply fits with what they're wont to do.It depends, if the destination station has no barriers/checks, but there is an open and staffed ticket office, then you have two options:
Of course if the destination is not staffed (and doesn’t have a ticket machine that can issue tickets from other origin stations), then all you can do is leave without paying, as the railways haven’t given you an opportunity to purchase a ticket for the journey.
- Leave the station without buying a ticket, because there is nothing stopping you and you can get away with it, or
- Go to the ticket office and purchase a ticket for the journey you have just made, because it’s the right/moral thing to do.
Unfortunately, based on some of the threads on here, attempting to take option 2 seems to carry the risk of being passed over to an RPI and incorrectly issued with a penalty fare (or worse).
For as long as this remains the case I struggle to see that it can be seen as immoral (for what little it even matters) to choose the most sensible option. Even if that means choosing the above option 1 rather than option 2.