Brisbane Go Card

March 28, 2012

Wow, after living in Melbourne with Myki, I can't believe there is a plastic public transport ticketing system that works. Well, when the human using it knows how to work it.

I epically failed on my first day back traveling on Brisbane public transport. Little Sissy Pham bought me a Go Card because she wished I'd leave the house more. Since Myki wasn't available on trams or buses for the longest time in Melbourne I never got around to using it so I wasn't used to touching on and touching off with a ticket.
One day, when this little piggy went to the job market and met with a company to talk shop, then went to catch up with a friend before returning home, she forgot to touch off not once, but twice! You will see my stupidity represented in the transactions below. Goodbye money, it's not like I needed you that desperately while I was unemployed and on Centrelink.
As George W. Bush once said, "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." What I mean to say is we are both idiots. I have since learned how to use a Go Card properly but I still can't believe a man who couldn't gather his own thoughts was allowed to run one of the most powerful countries in the world. Obama 2012!

EDIT: Spoke too soon and jinxed the system. The day I had this blog post scheduled to publish, my Go Card failed! It let me touch on but not off - twice. That's 2 x d'oh! I had to buy a replacement card, which doesn't cost me anything because the $5 I pay is credited on the card as emergency funds. The other good part is Translink customer service is awesome. I called them three times (twice for d'oh! and third time with the new card details) and went straight to an operator two out of those three times. I also called 'em at 8.30pm at night for the last thing and woohoo! Someone was around to solve my problem! I should get a refund of my overcharged money transferred to my new card at some point in the near future. Lose-lose-win-win!

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