Mad Scientess Jane Expat
How do you swipe your Oyster/metro/RFID card?
A quick tap directly over the reader
Slap, hold and twist as you pass through the barrier
Waft without making contact
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.
I had to look that up. Humuhumu is still too young for Dora. ;)
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.
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!
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!
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).
Useful, thanks! I'll be sure to remember that the next time I find an open journey on my card.