Be careful in Vienna
I traveled last year to spain and It was really helpful to read before going there about some gangs in spain who try to pocket lift tourists. Unfortunaltely I didn't see any warning from ticket controllers in Vienna before going there...
Be Careful, my husband and I were in Vienna (Austria) last week and we were fooled by the controller in the subway.
When the controller came to check tickets we showed him our tickets but he asked us to go out to the station with him saying that we didn’t stamp the tickets; so we went with him along with one Viennese girl who didn’t have a ticket.
Another two controllers were there at the station and asked to see our IDs and whether we are tourists, they let the girl go and told us that we must pay 70 euros for not stamping our tickets. We told them that we are tourists and that there is no gate for stamping tickets, and we didn’t see people stamping anything, but they insisted either we pay or accompany them to the police station. We thought the police would listen to us, but when we arrived they told us that the controller in the station is a police man undercover, and insisted that we must pay the fine for not knowing that we must stamp the tickets.
We told them we want to make a complaint regarding letting the other girl go without paying even though she didn’t have a ticket and we were tourists who had tickets, so they said you must pay and then make a complaint.
After we paid the money we left to the office where they told us we can complain, we were shocked there that when they checked with the controller he said that we were three people, two tourists with tickets and a Viennese friend who didn’t have a ticket, and that we are lying because it was not us who paid the fine it was our friend. They said they cannot do anything to us in the complaint office because we already paid the fine, and because police was there too.
I can’t believe that they treat tourists that way, the last thing I expected is to be fooled by a policeman. 3 police officers and two controllers were there in the police station and heard the whole conversation and this didn't stop him from telling a big lie.
Surprisingly, my ticket was checked two days before the incident by another controller and he didn’t mention anything about stamping the ticket, I had another ticket then it was a two zone ticket but from what I know now it should have been stamped also!!!.
They ruined my vacation by doing that, please be careful, stamp the tickets, and if you have a complaint do not pay the fine before doing so…
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