Passing out for a free ride

Fare-evading passengers on public transit will do anything to get out of a ticket.

One such instance delayed a Caltrain headed south from San Francisco around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening for 11 minutes because the passenger not paying a fare pretended to pass out.

Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the medics were called to the San Mateo Station because of the fare-evading rider, whom she described as “unusual.”

“You wouldn’t do that just with someone evading a fare,” Dunn said. “Under ordinary circumstances there is no reason to even call the police unless there is a problem.”

Train 274 was delayed about 11 minutes.

Dunn did not have the condition of the passenger, but it’s likely a ticket was still issued.

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