Martin's diminutive frame – energised, perhaps, by the two fare dodgers she has just fined – is electrified.
the company public relations official, who explains that there are no formal targets or incentives
Wow, she has the power to fine fare dodgers?
Commission no doubt?
Listen to revenue officers talking to each other at a station (like Finsbury Park) and hear how they compare notes and high five each other for doing a load of PFs on any given train they've just worked. There's definitely SOME incentive in operation, although I have no idea what it is.
The Guardian in Crap Journalism Shock! In other news, the Pope happens to be a Catholic and would you believe it - bears like to do their 'business' in the woods. Memo to Guardian-reading left-wingers who think 'their paper' is better than all the rest: it isn't - it's full of the same inaccuracies that plague the rest of the newspapers out there be they owned by an odious Australian or otherwise. Now lose the superiority complex and do us all a favour by shutting up. Thank you.
End of rant!
It's just an article in a newspaper about someone's job! They have one every week! I wasn't commenting on Guardian superiority or anything, or indeed the quality of the article, just that it was interesting....sorry if it has offended you!
Oh, I wasn't offended or having a rant at you. My moan was aimed at those on here and elsewhere (you know who you are) who seem to think that the Guardian is wonderful and is the only paper you can believe!
The trouble with the comments section of any newspaper or blog is that activists (of either persuasion) are often summoned en masse to leave comments. Even "template" letters sent to local newspapers appear almost identical when people forget to re-write them in their own words.
For example, after all the parties released their tax records in one form or another, Ken Livingstone's Mayoral Campaign team were emailed to "urgently engage" various pro-Boris sites by Tom Copley, Ken's "Digital Campaign Coordinator".
However it looks like "Team Boris" are getting their own back after Ken wrote an article in the Guardian yesterday whining on that the tax row, which he exacerbated by his comments and challenges on LBC, is now suddenly "a distraction" :roll:
I suspect some of the comments left on http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/tax-london-mayor-ken-livingstone will be "tidied up" when they get back into work tomorrow!
It was actually a good read, but possibly because it was meant to do nothing more than give an example of a day in the life of a job - any job.
If it had been to do with over zealous revenue officers, you can imagine how different it would be. You can still imagine the paper slating the private railway companies off another day, and talking about 'jobsworth' revenue staff penalising those making innocent mistakes etc!
You're correct, as I posted earlier it is a different job each week, can vary considerably and doesn't make any attempt to make any statements that might be 'political' in nature. I suppose it is a human interest story....can't recall the Guardian ever having a go at RPO's in particular, neither has it, to my knowledge been especially brutal about the privatised railway (except the Railtrack fiasco}
When a defiant young woman, who has not swiped her season ticket, starts to rant, Martins hears her out politely then repeatedly explains her omission.