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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Poll #1931347 Swipey swipey

How do you swipe your Oyster/metro/RFID card?

A quick tap directly over the reader
4(40.0%)
Slap, hold and twist as you pass through the barrier
4(40.0%)
Waft without making contact
0(0.0%)
Other
2(20.0%)

Other



I used to be a Wafter. However, when I started checking my Oyster balance online regularly, I discovered that the barriers would frequently open for me but fail to register one endpoint of my journey. After the umpteenth time of having to file for a refund from being hit with the maximum daily charge, I decided to change. So now I'm in the Slap-and-Hold camp.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-05 21:22 (UTC)
I had to look that up. Humuhumu is still too young for Dora. ;)
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2013-09-02 12:35 (UTC)
Aside from being in the "Slap, hold and twist" group, I also watch for the light going green (and a beep when expected).

Paranoid, Moi? :)

I don't trust technology, having worked intimately with it, all of my life.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-05 21:24 (UTC)
I really hate that series of beeps when the barriers recognise a young person's card. I don't know why but something about that pattern sets my teeth on edge!
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2013-09-05 22:57 (UTC)
I rarely seem to hear the beeps in most of the tube stations I use, because it tends to be noisy, from a combination of trains, cars outside, and people.

On the tram stops, the opposite tends to be true, the the extent that there aren't many people, so I rarely hear them using their cards, and when they do, it's extremely rarely going to be a young person (I generally miss school times), so I have no idea what it does then!
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2013-09-02 13:08 (UTC)
Incidentally, the system lets you request a refund on *one* open journey per month now, online. The downside is that they reverse the charge onto your card, so you have to use the card at a specified station within one week of the refund being made (the same as used to pick up a travelcard).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-09-05 21:25 (UTC)
Useful, thanks! I'll be sure to remember that the next time I find an open journey on my card.
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