This is really quite stunning.
An 11-year-old girl faces a one-year free travel ban after she was stripped of her Oyster card because it was “scratched”.
Elliz McKenzie, of East Dulwich, had her card confiscated by a TfL ticket inspector who noticed that her photo card, which entitles 11 to 15-year-olds to free travel to school and is worth up to £360, had been scratched and was therefore “in breach of the Oyster card behaviour code”.
The card had been accidentally damaged by the schoolgirl’s baby cousin.
Okay – whatever. A bullying officious little nobend, whose decision was wrong. It’ll get sorted, right?
TfL said the card would be returned if Elliz carried out six hours of volunteer work, which could include cleaning graffiti or picking up litter.
This cannot possibly end well for TfL.
I mean, just who the fuck do they think they are?
Evening Standard commenters mostly miss the point, choosing instead to begrudge an 11 year old in inner-city London free travel.