|Worth its weight in gold.|
So, if Petr H. were under 15 years of age, then losing that card could have set him, or his parents back 1500 CHF for 2nd class travel. If he were simply young looking for his age, but still hadn't yet reached his 24th birthday, then he could have been out 2500 CHF again for 2nd class travel. 1st class fare would cost 2500 CHF and 4000 CHF respectively. I don't even want to type the cost of a full adult fare. It's ludicrously expensive! You can gag on the price for yourself, if you wish, here: GA travel card.
We made our way down to the Stadelhofen train station, en route to Duebendorf for a caiprinia fest a few friends were throwing. Our train was due in ten minutes. As I don't have the pleasure of owning a GA travel card, I purchased my ticket from a from a machine, then walked over to the ticket office. There was a small queue, so I stood in it waiting to turn in the wallet and wondering if I'd miss my train. It appeared that the guy at the window was performing some complex transaction that was costing me time, so I approached a woman who'd recently sat down at another window. She wasn't open for business, but she also didn't look too terribly busy.
I began with something like, 'Pardon the interruption, but I've just found a wallet with...' 'Oh, you'll have to turn that in at window 1,' she said and returned to moving papers around her desk. I had been sent to stand back in the line I had just left.
A few more minutes passed, and I was no closer to the front of the line than before. There was another employee sitting at a closed-for-business window. I approached her with the same sort of opening as I had the last gal. This time, however, I was quick to say that I might miss my train, and I proffered the newer of the two GA travel cards from the wallet.
'I'd like to turn this in, please. I've just found this wallet...'
'Where did you find it?' she asked.
I thought, huh? Who cares where I found it! Just take it!
'On the street,' I said.
'Oh, okay. Just leave it here and we'll look into it.'
I made it back in time to vent to the hubs about how I had to stand in line in order to turn in someone's lost and costly travel cards before catching our train. He said, 'You know the kid could have just gotten a replacement card.'
I recently looked up the cost of replacing the GA travel card. It's 30 CHF. I guess I could have left that wallet lying in the dirt on the walk path.