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Tuesday 1 September 2009 8.37am
I got on a packed 453 in London road a while ago and some inspectors got on at the next stop-the bus then emptied. Even if you travel on a 453 of a weekend no one swipes their cards and there is not too many commuters around.

I too would love to know how much revenue on these routes increases when the bendy bus goes- and I also know lots of people who never bother to pay and call them the free bus
Tuesday 1 September 2009 9.38am
The fare dodgers dream - the Free Bus now has an entry in the Urban Dictionary.

Of course folks are going to teat them as free buses - it's human nature!
Tuesday 1 September 2009 11.56am
Boss St Bloke wrote:
Of course folks are going to teat them as free buses - it's human nature!

I wouldn't say it was human nature, it's more of reflection on England; people wouldn't fare dodge in Tokyo or Berlin to anywhere near the same extent.
Tuesday 1 September 2009 12.21pm
Jonathan K wrote:
people wouldn't fare dodge in Tokyo or Berlin to anywhere near the same extent

What proof do you have for that statement Jonathan?
Tuesday 1 September 2009 12.30pm
I never ever swipe on the Bendy buses, because I have a monthly bus pass. I bet people thing I am a fare-dodger, though.
Tuesday 1 September 2009 12.58pm
No empirical proof I'm afraid; just having lived in/visited those places you develop an understanding of what is and isn't socially acceptable. There's no way a self-checking ticketing system would be referred to as a "free bus" in Tokyo for example as the vast majority of people there are more honest/foolish (delete as applicable according to your own philosophy) and would pay for each journey.
Tuesday 1 September 2009 4.01pm
Boss St Bloke wrote:
Of course folks are going to teat them as free buses - it's human nature!

Is there any proof for this statement either?
Tuesday 1 September 2009 4.10pm
Well, let's see now - perhaps that's why the Bendy is known as the "Free Bus"?

But don't take my word for it, let's do a Google to find some proof for you...

Yep, seems like I have some proof - 1,420 different websites to be exact - or am I making this up?
Tuesday 1 September 2009 4.25pm
It's quite obvious... people wait for the bendy buses and cram into them, even when regular double deckers that share part of the same route arrive earlier.

I dislike using them just for the fact of how busy they are... and yeah, swiping my oyster on them when no one else does feel strange.

In the end, as a daily user of the bus system it comes down to pathetic policing of people's travel cards. In my 2.5 years in London I have only seen a ticket inspector once. On the best service I've experienced, when I lived in Switzerland, you'd see them regularly and they'd put the fear of god into everyone... and if you were caught, they'd almost drag you to a cash machine and make you pay the fine.
Tuesday 1 September 2009 5.16pm
Boss St Bloke wrote:
Well, let's see now - perhaps that's why the Bendy is known as the "Free Bus"?
But don't take my word for it, let's do a Google to find some proof for you...

Yep, seems like I have some proof - 1,420 different websites to be exact - or am I making this up?

I was actually more interested in your original use of the word "teat".
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