Where’s My MetroCard Damn It?!

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Transit Failures

Ain’t this a b*tch.  I went to buy a MetroCard today.  Everything was going as normal until it came time for the stupid machine to spit out my new card.

I heard the noise of it trying to spit the card out, but nothing happened.  Then all of a sudden it asked if I wanted a receipt.  I usually say no, but this time I was sure to get one.  Ball game over.

So I was standing there like an idiot with a line of people behind me thinking, “Now what?”

I could see like 1/8th of the card sticking out of the slot.  Not enough was sticking out for me to grab a hold of it.  It I had some pliers or something, I could have probably yanked it out.

So I stepped back and let the next person try.  Of course, I said it just jammed up for mine, but they were willing to try anyway.  Same thing happened.  I was hoping it would spit out two cards (mine then that guy’s).

I gave up and went to a different machine and bought another.  $164 later, I got one monthly card.

Luckily, I got that receipt.  But now it’s like a freaking nightmare to get reimbursed for the one that didn’t come out.  One woman on the phone was trying to give me a hard time about how she couldn’t deactivate it until it had been used at least once.

I said I don’t care what you do, just give me my $82 back, or send me another card and I’ll just hold on to it until next month.

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  1. Chris said on October 15th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Wow – talk about unlucky for the MTA. Metro Card problems for the guy with a blog about the subway…

  2. Emprice-Sario said on October 16th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Eh…that’s b.s. Why not just go back to tokens? Seriously?

  3. Emprice-Sario said on October 16th, 2008 at 12:13 pm


    Lol. Funny…

  4. Linnea said on October 16th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    That is bulls**t. Did you ask to speak to her boss? Unacceptable.

  5. Benjamin Kabak said on October 16th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    If you’re paying $82 for an unlimited monthly, you’re getting ripped off. Who’s keeping the extra dollar?

  6. The SUBWAYblogger said on October 16th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    @Benjamin Kabak: Good catch.

    @Chris: Like they read or car about this…haha.

  7. FELICIA said on October 17th, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Well here we have another stupid passenger trying to use a machine that just malfunctioned during your transaction Mr. SUBWAYblogger. You are funny because you just stood back and let them try the machine hoping your card would pop out with theirs. Bad decision on both of your parts. And then you went and used another machine. Sounds like you must have been using that plastic instead of the cash otherwise you would have run to a full service booth to purchase the second card. Don’t worry you’ll get a new card but you’re just going to have to wait.

  8. Anon said on October 24th, 2008 at 3:36 am

    Easy solution – dispute one of the $82 charges with your credit card company. End of story.

  9. The SUBWAYblogger said on October 24th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    @Anon: They refunded me. It was a battle.

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