Kaitlyn, Matija and I talk about a few times that we ran into trouble with the ticket control in buses and trams in Zagreb and Poland.
Matija never seems to have had any problems and never got caught without a ticket in the tram, but Kaitlyn and I have.
I was told that I could get away with not buying a ticket because I could speak English and they wouldn’t know what to do, but when I actually tried that it didn’t work out so well because as I was speaking English I forgot that I wasn’t supposed to understand Croatian, so they caught me and made me pay a fine for not having a ticket.
Kaitlyn, on the other hand, was told that only the elderly pay for tram tickets but when she got caught with not having a ticket she got away with it because the friend that she was with managed to sell a story that Obama pays for their tram tickets because she is American. Man, wish I would have thought of saying that.
In reality, most people don’t buy tram tickets in Zagreb because they are overpriced for the general population and it’s not worth it especially for short rides.
In Poland, however, getting caught in the bus without a ticket could lead to much higher consequences. I also talk about how in Poland the control that comes to check everyone’s tickets calls a code red when someone gets caught practically and shuts down the bus and calls the police until the people either pay up for get off the bus and get picked up by the police. SO, it’s not so easy to get away with free riding in other cities like it is in Zagreb.
Public transportation experiences like these occur less often in the US, especially in Miami, because most people drive their own personal cars around instead of using any public transportation. Whereas in Europe most of the population relies on public transport to get to work every day, go to school, or go from one end of the city to the other for any other type of reason (like to drink coffee).