The latest ticket Stasi incident for me was beyond belief. On a packed morning train going into Moorgate from Hertford North the Stasi were squeezing through the carriage so I got my Carnet ticket out to show them. The bloke accused me of having written the date on the ticket only because I saw him coming. I disputed this, pointing out that the Carnet tickets had been turned off at Hertford North barriers so my ticket had already been inspected once before I got on the train.
But he carried on.
"I know you", he said. "I've seen you before and warned you". Garbage, I'd never met this man. So he said he was going to issue a fine. It wasn't until the passenger next to me confirmed my version that he stood down from issuing the fine.
However he still had my ticket in his hand and refused to give it back to me. I asked how I was meant to get through the barriers at Moorgate if he had my ticket.
He told me to use another. So I had to use another, therefore two tickets used up for a single journey when my first ticket was perfectly valid.
And THAT'S why I dislike them so much.