Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.

After standing for 4 hours in a mob - not a queue, a milling stinking, sweaty mob waiting for my delayed train in Paris, I stupidly clicked on a link in an email from a hacked account. My iPhone is now dead. I sent an on-line help request to Apple, but when they tried to call me at the hotel, the call timed out each time it went through the switch. A 20 pound cab ride later - that’s just to get here - I’m in the Apple store at Westfield Hell, with an appointment in 2 hours time.
I discovered my phone was dead when I went to ring the car rental people, who changed a 3 month old, confirmed booking from just around the corner from me at 10 a.m. Sunday (I paid extra for Sunday pick up) to the other side of town at 12 noon. There is going to be a serious discussion about this if and when I get my phone back on line.

In the meantime, don’t click on any links from any of my emails, until I let you know if it’s OK.

I’m watching my bank account transactions like a hawk until I know what the score is.

Right, let’s start at the end.

SNCF is an acronym that stands for “Striking National Company of France”. SNCF will happily provide a “wartime emergency evacuation” experience for you at no additional cost. When you want to catch a train during a strike, it’s just a matter of waiting on the platform at which the one train will arrive today, for several hours with the total population of the world intent on getting on the same train. Neat!

Car hire mob…ugly. Are you sure they didn’t brick your phone?

Phone - please keep us informed. There have been a couple of tricky phone bricking things out there - most get a fairly swift update response from the big A, none that I have found are malicious beyond buggering up your phone.

Was your OS completely up to date? I really want to know what the Apple dude’s have to say about this! Good luck.

Did you charge (change) the battery? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Maybe you should bump that thing against the floor a couple of times & buy a nice cheap Android phone instead.

Scam rule #1 - always target old people because it works. :D

@wongo said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

Scam rule #1 - always target old people because it works. :D

You can be so nasty Wongo. :)

It only works if they remember to charge the battery. :laughing:

In order…
I eventually caught the train before the one I was booked on, which only left an hour & a half after the one I was booked on should have. Problem due to a line problem in UK, so we were diverted. Once on the train & under way, service was excellent. Compensation is offered, but don’t think I can claim for inconvenience - didn’t cost me anything.
Car hire mob - apologetic. email was sent by mistake & booking is as was.
I’m pretty sure phone was fully charged in the a.m., but because of the funny electrics at the Paris Airbnb, maybe it wasn’t. when you switch off the light, everything else switches off.
“Scam rule #1 - always target old people because it works.” It works if they target tired people who have just started to relax with a bottle of SNCF red wine, too. Normally I would have smelled a rat and ditched it immediately, but not this time - it took me a couple of seconds.

A couple of good things - the staff at the Best Western Burns Hotel, who remained calm & helped me out when things seemed to be going tits up, and the barmaid there who served a couple of very nice beers & was most friendly when I returned from Apple.

@bitingmidge said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

SNCF is an acronym that stands for “Striking National Company of France”.

From the SNCF website…“The strikes of April, May and June are over. In July…”

@shy-ted said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

From the SNCF website…“The strikes of April, May and June are over. In July…”

Yes! Welcome in France! :D :D

And how were the staff at Apple, and how much did they charge?

Nice to see it panned out though…

@bitingmidge said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

And how were the staff at Apple, and how much did they charge?

Staff at Apple were good, although the wait was for several hours. Didn’t charge. I’ve always found Apple staff good, both on the phone and in the store. Never been charged, except to replace an old battery in my Macbook.

@shy-ted said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

Staff at Apple were good, although the wait was for several hours. Didn’t charge. I’ve always found Apple staff good, both on the phone and in the store. Never been charged, except to replace an old battery in my Macbook.

Yeah well it was a bit of a Dorothy Dixer… tried to get my elderly friend’s phone fixed at an Android shop recently… let’s just say she now has an iPhone 6.

Your trip has been sensational for us…

Crème anglaise in the coffee, rail strikes, a whinge in the Apple store because your phone wasn’t charged, and a zillion Roma ring scams all at once! Perfect!

Now in London, watch out for the pickpocke… oh… :wink:

@shy-ted said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

Staff at Apple were good, although the wait was for several hours. Didn’t charge. I’ve always found Apple staff good, both on the phone and in the store. Never been charged, except to replace an old battery in my Macbook.

Yeah well it was a bit of a Dorothy Dixer… tried to get my elderly friend’s phone fixed at an Android shop recently… let’s just say she now has an iPhone 6.

Your trip has been sensational for us…

Crème anglaise in the coffee, rail strikes, a whinge in the Apple store because your phone wasn’t charged, and a zillion Roma ring scams all at once! Perfect!

Now in London, watch out for the pickpocke… oh… :wink:

@bitingmidge said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

Your trip has been sensational for us…

It’s been even better for me.:smile:
I still have another day in London, then to Shropshire to catch up with Andrew Crawford, from whom I get my hinges & locks, and whose book started me out on box making. Then to Hampshire to catch up with a friend from my Canada trip four years ago, then home.

Is there an echo in here?

@shy-ted said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:
… the barmaid there who served a couple of very nice beers & was most friendly when I returned from Apple.

Bugger the Apple service etc, just how friendly was the barmaid. :grinning:

@termite said in Fucking hackers, fucking car rental companies, fucking SNCF trains.:

Bugger the Apple service etc, just how friendly was the barmaid.

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