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Gateline Staff Playing Games On Smart Phones
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CJB
2017-12-17 23:07:09 UTC
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Gateline Staff Playing Games On Smart Phones

Uniformed idiot on the gateline at a TfL station on Sunday refused to open the nearest gate for me - they were all showing red crosses. Reason: he was more interested in playing games / texting on his smart phone. His attitude was of complete disinterest.

How come uniformed staff are allowed to do this - whilst also on duty?

I've seen these idiots all over the network including at TfL stations.

Paddington platform 11 (and others) is particularly acute when the gateline staff don't open the gates until a train is almost about to leave. Even whilst the CIS states 'Boarding' they refuse to open the gates.
r***@cix.compulink.co.uk
2017-12-18 00:24:35 UTC
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Post by CJB
Gateline Staff Playing Games On Smart Phones
Uniformed idiot on the gateline at a TfL station on Sunday refused to
open the nearest gate for me - they were all showing red crosses.
Reason: he was more interested in playing games / texting on his
smart phone. His attitude was of complete disinterest.
How come uniformed staff are allowed to do this - whilst also on duty?
I've seen these idiots all over the network including at TfL stations.
Paddington platform 11 (and others) is particularly acute when the
gateline staff don't open the gates until a train is almost about to
leave. Even whilst the CIS states 'Boarding' they refuse to open the
gates.
For the same "in these days of smartphones" reason I wonder why they think
they might get away with it. How good were your pictures?
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Colin Rosenstiel
Offramp
2017-12-18 08:35:24 UTC
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Post by CJB
refused to open the nearest gate for me - they were all showing red crosses.
If they were showing red crosses then he couldn't open them. He probably took you to a green tick gate. Those he can open.
Post by CJB
Paddington platform 11 (and others) is particularly acute when the gateline staff don't open the gates until a train is almost about to leave. Even whilst the CIS states 'Boarding' they refuse to open the gates.
Smartphones make them do that.
b***@cylonHQ.com
2017-12-18 10:13:27 UTC
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On Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:07:09 -0800 (PST)
Post by CJB
Gateline Staff Playing Games On Smart Phones
Uniformed idiot on the gateline at a TfL station on Sunday refused to open the
nearest gate for me - they were all showing red crosses. Reason: he was more
interested in playing games / texting on his smart phone. His attitude was of
complete disinterest.
Most mornings there are 3 staff all hanging around doing nothing - not their
fault - and chatting in the station concourse. It would be far more useful to
have one of them sitting in a ticket office, at least during peak periods
anyway. I'd love to see the cost breakdown of how closing ticket offices saves
so much money because AFAICS all it does is save on the cost of heating the
ticket office room.
s***@googlemail.com
2017-12-18 10:19:07 UTC
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Post by CJB
Gateline Staff Playing Games On Smart Phones
Uniformed idiot on the gateline at a TfL station on Sunday refused to open the > nearest gate for me - they were all showing red crosses. Reason: he was more
interested in playing games / texting on his smart phone. His attitude was of > complete disinterest.
I cannot say what he was doing, because I didn't see this. Maybe he was playing games, or texting, but if he was, which was it; they're quite different things, so you don't seem to know what he was actually doing.

Is it possible that he was sending or receiving work related messages? Or maybe using the 'phone for something quite different?

I work part time in a cinema, I have used a smartphone to make a remote desktop connection to a Windows laptop in the projection room to enable me to control a Dolby Digital Media Adapter from the auditorium. I'm trying to get them to install an Ethernet relay board in the lighting system so I can control the dimmers directly from an app on the phone from downstairs. Could be useful when doing conference work, lectures etc. I also have an app, and associated hardware, which allows the 'phone, or an iPod Touch, to be used as a sophisticated hearing loop tester.
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