I travelled today with Sprinter on my way home and had a business conversation on the phone using my earphones. It was not busy at all and I probably had only 1 person in front of me. When the conductor checked the cards, he warned me that it is not allowed to use earphones but only to listen on the phone coz it is one of the rules in the train. I was surprised by this. WHEN DID THE SPRINTER HAD A SILENT COUPE?? Honestly, I can assure that my voice was not loud at all and there was not a lot of people sitting close to me. I just found it odd. I'm traveling all the time with train for work and I never had this kind of experience. It gave me the impression that his warning was kind of discrimination. Such an uncomfortable trip!
Beste antwoord door Robert B
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Very odd indeed. Possibly he meant that you were being impolite by not removing your earphones when he came to check your card? I don't know of any specific rule about that in trains, though.