This may be a little ranty and off track, but right now I'm wondering what it is about the London traveller that makes them ignore words on a screen? Picture the scene, you walk up to an automatic ticket barrier on the Tube or a station platform. You pop your ticket in and the little machine bleeps and the words "Seek Assistance" pop up. What do you do?
Well, most people would try it again - just in case - but something strange occurs it seems in the London traveller, for they don't try it tice, they don't even try it three times. Often they will shove that ticket through four or maybe five times, see the words "Seek Assistance" flash up and then stand there like a lost child whilst the queue behind them gets ever larger.
They may then scrabble around in their bag, presumably because they think that the ticket they bought earlier is actually another older ticket. All the while that queue grows. Then they try it again, and again it tells them to "Seek Assistance" but do they? Rarely. It usually requires the 'assistanc'e to seek them or they call over to the dumbstruck commuter.
Why is this? What is it about the words "Seek Assistance" in a train station that don't make sense? I can understand retrying the ticket once, if it's a paper one it might just be that the little magnetic strip is a bit knackered, but multiple times is just silly, and annoying for those behind you too.
In fact it is almost as annoying as those people that go to the cash machine and then act like they've never used one before and ponder deeply upon the question "Enter Your Pin" and then stare blankly at the figures. Why do they not know how much money they need before they get there? They must have known they needed money after all. Couldn't they have worked it out before hand and not waste time that I cannot get back?