Hadia Tajik Norwegian Politician (Labor) Caught Without a Metro Ticket & Gets Off Free.

Western civilization, built on layers of trust, depends on people following the basic rules without supervision. When citizens live by a personal code, the society can divert resources otherwise spent on a security apparatus to other, higher and more productive uses, such as infrastructure, education, and public health. Norway is such a place, depending on people, living by a personal code, to honor the rules. The public transportation in Norway is unsupervised. No one checks, when boarding a bus, train, or ferry boat, to see if you have a ticket, minimizing public expenses.

Source VG Busted! Haida Tajik claims that she has forgotten to pay!

Mostly the system works. Occasionally, Ruter (the Oslo Transport Authority) does spot checks, using a private security company. Generally, they are quite unsympathetic. I know people who left monthly passes at home or paid all but that one time and got handed a 1000 NOK or $125 fine.  I even saw them hassle pregnant women and the elderly. The security guards never bothered to check history for them. For an immigrant aspiring to get permanent residency, the situation is more precarious. A bad day or each fine can delay the visa application by at least six months. However, with Haida (Labor Party), they took the extra time and went through her history, seeing that this was a one-time snafu, letting her off without a hitch.

Hadia Tajik in 2017 (Wikipedia)

Hadia Tajik is not only a Member of the Norwegian Parliament (like the US Congress), representing Oslo but also the Labor Party’s deputy leader. Moreover, she was the Culture Minister (2012-2013). She should understand the layered trust concept and strive to uphold it. She should know violations of the trust damage the overall system.

This one year card not only saves money but also insures you against the occasional bad day where you forget stuff.

My advice to her: get a one-year metro card. Not only do you get 12 months of transport for the price of 10, but also have the benefit of getting fines reversed later, producing the card at one of the Ruter offices. In closing, one has to ask why she doesn’t already have this card.  A good representative of the people should be using public transport, especially when the Norwegian Parliment even has the nearest metro stop, “Stortinget” or Parliment in English, named after it.

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