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Joke Announcements At Victoria Station, Right. Alright? Alright.

By london_will Last edited 143 months ago
Joke Announcements At Victoria Station, Right. Alright? Alright.
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It's still two days to April Fools, but tell that to the staff at Victoria Tube Station. This roving Londonist correspondent was in the station - the network's busiest - at 8.45pm this evening and was both astonished and entertained to hear the following announcement broadcast on the PA system. It was delivered in a broad and apparently slightly weary and laconic Estuary drawl, and ran (according to hastily scribbled and probably grotesquely inaccurate notes):

"Ladies and Gentlemen, right, what you do with your Oyster Card, right, is you slap it down on the reader, right, when you go through the gates, right, and that'll make 'em open, right, and then at the other end, right, you slap it down again, right, and that's it, right. Alright? Alright."

The message was plainly recorded, as it repeated, word for word, three times. Tube passengers either pretended not to notice or looked bemused while the staff fell about in amusement. When approached by your intrepid reporter, a station employee claimed not to have a clue what was going on, even as he creased up.

Were you there? Do you have any idea what was going on? The public have a right to know.

Last Updated 30 March 2005

anthony wong

thanks for posting this. u conveyed the tone very well. very funny, even reading it,wish i was there to hear it, must be hilarious live.

horrific monster

I wish I had some humuor in my subway!