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Old June 18th 08, 09:12 PM posted to uk.transport.london
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Default Whats the minimum Oyster card value to get through a gate?

Anyone know?

I've been musing on another Oyster scam.

Buy card for 3 quid - put minimum amount on , say 1 quid. Travel to
and from station where you have to touch in/out because there are no
gates. Get back to your station , touch out - card will go into
negative balance - bin it.

I'm pretty such LU must have thought of this one but I'm wondering if
there are any circumstances you'd end up quids in?

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On Jun 18, 10:37 pm, Paul Corfield wrote:
I don't understand this example - especially the no gates bit. Is the
word "don't" missing in one of the sentences?


Yes, should have said "don't touch in/out".


I'm pretty such LU must have thought of this one but I'm wondering if
there are any circumstances you'd end up quids in?


How do you end up quids in when value is deducted on entry to the
system?


Huh?

I buy a card for 3 quid + 1 quid value. Go through the gates to DLR or
NR station with no gates.
Come back the same way and touch out at my station. 8 quid gets
deducted so card goes
negative (gates always seem to let you out no matter how negative it
goes as long as its positive
to start with), would have cost 5 quid even if I had touched in /out ,
I paid 4 quid. 1 pound up.

Bin card, rinse and repeat.

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On Jun 18, 11:24 pm, wrote:
I buy a card for 3 quid + 1 quid value. Go through the gates to DLR or
NR station with no gates.
Come back the same way and touch out at my station. 8 quid gets
deducted so card goes
negative (gates always seem to let you out no matter how negative it
goes as long as its positive
to start with), would have cost 5 quid even if I had touched in /out ,
I paid 4 quid. 1 pound up.

Bin card, rinse and repeat.

You still risk getting a penalty fare if you get stopped on your
return journey (unless it's within two hours of your initial entry
where you'd probably only get charged 1GBP anyway when you exit from
the same station.)

There are some corner cases where this could work - I do Watford
Junction to London Euston every day. I'm pretty sure it only takes
1GBP to enter so if you're travelling during the peak hours you could
do a 5.50 journey for 4GBP. Of course you couldn't then continue onto
the underground so if you wanted to do a WJ to Zone 1 journey you'd
have to pay another 1.50 single rather than the extra 50p so a 6GBP
journey for 5GBP.

I don't know about entering at Euston for the return trip - I'd guess
you'd need 2GBP for this, being the single fare to South Hampstead so
you'd save 50p on the return trip. You might be able to do Z1 to
Watford Junction for the same 2GBP, saving you 1GBP.

Either way, the total savings are 2GBP per day in return for queuing
up twice per day to buy a new oyster. And I suspect the station staff
would eventually get to know you and start to get a bit suspicious.

On the legality, I suspect it's a matter of intent. If you eventually
intend to top up your card again, having a second card that allows you
to continue travelling when your first one goes overdrawn is ok. But
deliberately taking advantage of the overdraft facility without any
intention of ever repaying it would be theft.

Tim.


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On Jun 18, 11:52 pm, asdf wrote:
On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 15:24:17 -0700 (PDT),
wrote:

How do you end up quids in when value is deducted on entry to the
system?


Huh?


I buy a card for 3 quid + 1 quid value. Go through the gates to DLR or
NR station with no gates.
Come back the same way and touch out at my station. 8 quid gets
deducted so card goes
negative (gates always seem to let you out no matter how negative it
goes as long as its positive
to start with),


But at the time you touch out, the balance is -3. (The 4 quid gets
deducted on entry, and refunded if you touch out correctly.)


The point is you don't touch out at your destination , or touch in on
the return trip.

B2003
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On Jun 19, 10:05 am, "
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Either way, the total savings are 2GBP per day in return for queuing
up twice per day to buy a new oyster. And I suspect the station staff
would eventually get to know you and start to get a bit suspicious.


If you did it every day yes , if its occasionally I doubt it.

deliberately taking advantage of the overdraft facility without any
intention of ever repaying it would be theft.


LULs rip off fares for thei utterly **** service are theft IMHO.
Besides , why not use their oh-so-clever extortion system against them
occasionally? Poetic justice.

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On 22 Jun, 03:39, "peter" wrote:
"Paul Corfield" wrote in message

...

On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 14:12:48 -0700 (PDT),
wrote:


Anyone know?


It's the minimum fare at that station - 1 outside Z1 and 1.50 in Z1.


big snip
--
Paul C


So will the gate at the destination let you out, if after deducting the
correct fare, the balance on the card is negative?


Always has done for me. Possibly theres some limit but if there is I
don't know what it is.

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On 22 Jun, 10:10, wrote:
On 22 Jun, 03:39, "peter" wrote:





"Paul Corfield" wrote in message


.. .


On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 14:12:48 -0700 (PDT),
wrote:


Anyone know?


It's the minimum fare at that station - 1 outside Z1 and 1.50 in Z1.


big *snip
--
Paul C


So will the gate at the destination let you out, if after deducting the
correct fare, the balance on the card is negative?


Always has done for me. Possibly theres some limit but if there is I
don't know what it is.

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It won't let you start a journey with zero or a negative balance.


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