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    • MSE Kelvin
    • By MSE Kelvin 30th Jul 19, 4:49 PM
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Someone forgot to take their train ticket - should I use it?
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    • 30th Jul 19, 4:49 PM
    Money Moral Dilemma: Someone forgot to take their train ticket - should I use it? 30th Jul 19 at 4:49 PM
    This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

    When I was buying my train ticket, I found someone had accidentally left theirs in the machine. The timestamp showed it was printed a good 20 minutes earlier, so it seemed unlikely they were coming back for it. As the ticket's still valid, would it be wrong to use it and save a bit of cash?

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    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 6th Aug 19, 6:32 PM
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    Yes and no.

    There is a central database, it retains card numbers used to purchase and collect tickets for a period of 6 months. TVMs are not operated by the TOC, they are operated by RDG
    Originally posted by jbkmum
    But what would you do with the card number? Some tickets can also be collected by any card, so you've no idea who bought them. TVMs are operated by TOCs, not RDG.

    • JayD
    • By JayD 7th Aug 19, 5:07 PM
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    Surely the ticket is out of date by the time you get these replies?
    Originally posted by darleydame

    Exactly! So answers here wont be much use to the enquirer.

    However, should anyone else be in a similar position, they may consider these responses of some interest and possibly even useful.

    Personally, if the ticket was purchased in cash, without a rail discount card, some 20 minutes earlier, I doubt the purchaser would still be about - or at least wouldn't realise their loss until they were already on the train.

    Also, unless it was valid beyond that day's date, there would be zero point in the staff holding onto it in the hope of it being claimed.

    Still, I guess for you to use it, then it would be theft by finding.
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