So, last night, when I got out of my ride at French Hill, Givat HaMivtar, I was all prepared to pay. With my trusty money-filled card I boarded the train.
Yes, you guessed it. It didn't fit in the slot. I tried all sorts of methods and angles and nothing worked, nothing at all. Was I going to be fined/ticketed?
Of course, this being Israel, I quickly got help.
Could it be that he hadn't paid? My unofficial helper didn't know what to do either.
Finally, at the next stop, I saw people entering and paying.
You just have to flash your card's symbol at the machine's symbol and it "clicks" as paid.
After I sat down across from a young woman, I mentioned how complicated the paying is until you're shown what to do.
"Pay? You don't have to pay. Isn't the train free?"
Call me a fri'yer, sucker, but I did pay. I wonder how many other train passengers still don't have their "Rav-Kav" cards and won't get them until they're caught... by the phantom staff that's supposed to be assisting and policing.