So on a recent trip on Trenitalia back home from Milan, I couldn't understand why, for no apparent reason, no one on board could figure out how to count. Suddenly, people were found to be sitting in everyone else's seats. It was playing out like a large game of musical chairs. I would have chalked it up to tourists...but, something seemed truly amiss.
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Trenitalia's competing numbering system (s)
Reading the newspaper onboard, an Italian journalist complained how he witnessed two British tourist lose money when taking Rome's city buses: The tariff had gone up from €1/ticket to €1.50. With swift Milanese planning, all of the ticketing machines on all of the buses had been tinkered with to accept the new amount and regurgitate a ticket in return. Too bad, none of the machines had been painted over to change the €1.00 to €1.50, posted in extra-large digits. By the time the tourists figured it out, and started inserting more coins, it was too late -- their money had been swallowed up. The journalist was embarrassed to overhear their epithet: Leave it to the Italians for finding new ways to steal from tourists...
Of course, this episode may have occurred after the recent football win over England...and it was simply a case of sour grapes. But as the journalist asked of his countrymen...
What would it have taken to just get it right the first time?!
And Trenitalia is vying for the right to run the city buses of Florence. Caveat Emptor, you Florentines.