Sunday, June 23, 2013
Bus Card (#1)
big stroller bit the dust and we have not yet bought me a car (it's in the works) my tot & I have started riding the bus. Very exciting for her, a little stressful for me. After our first trip I was appalled at the costs and very thankful we had walked for free for the past 3yrs. While on the bus I noticed everyone using passes instead of paying cash, it seemed convenient and possibly they were even receiving a discount. So needless to say, since I'm frugal and hate wasting money, I went in search of this pass. Happily I registered for an "ov chipkaart", paid the €7.50, & eagerly waited for us to use it. I wouldn't say the 1st time I used the card went smoothly though. I couldn't get it to work before the bus sped off, so I quickly put my tot in a seat and waited until the next stop to ask the bus driver for help. Turns out in my haste I didn't bother to read the machine, it clearly tells you where to swipe your card (large pink circle/symbol). Now that I knew how to use the card I was prepared for the trip home and not so anxious. But of course things didn't go smoothly on the way home either. When I scanned the card an alarm sounded and the machine began flashing that I didn't have enough money on the card. Impossible, I paid for the card & had already used it. I assumed in my swiping frenzy somehow I wiped my account clean. The bus driver was not friendly and seemed annoyed that I needed to pay cash. Once I was home I went to work finding out where it went wrong. Turns out the money I spent was purely to order the card. Now I actually owed money for the trip I had taken in the morning. The card was turning out to be a costly hassle. Also found out the same trip the bus driver charged me €3.50 for costs just short of €2 with the card. So you actually get punished for paying cash! At this point I had spent a little more than €16 and we had only ridden to swimming class twice! I'll save the rest of the story and costs for another post!