The Anonymous Widower

Is It Illegal To Sell Pens In Stations?

Yesterday, I dropped my pen on the way to Clapham Junction station.

So I thought, I’d buy one there!

But I couldn’t, despte trying about six of the many kiosks in the station.

I got no luck!

In fact, I don’t think I’ve managed to buy a nice standard-issue Bic biro in a station in perhaps the last ten years.

In the end, I bought two in a small general store in Bognor.

But that’s a long way to go for a pen!

I did ask the ticket collector on the train and he said he’d had to buy one himself before he started work.  He certainly didn’t think that they were ever used for attacks on staff or other passengers.

I think the solution is to have pen dispensers on stations, where say for a pound or two, you can get a suitable pen.  All profits could go to a charity like Railway Children.

May 1, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | ,


  1. […] was an uneventful trip to Bognor, except for the loss of the pen. And all at a ticket cost of just £14.75 in a very clean […]

    Pingback by Bognor Is Just Like Felixstowe « The Anonymous Widower | May 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. Perhaps they dont allow it so that louts cant buy them and deface things

    Comment by Liz P | May 1, 2013 | Reply

    • As the inspector said, he’d heard of no prohibition. I think it’s just that no one sells them. They’re very difficult to find in London, unless you go to Rymans.

      Comment by AnonW | May 1, 2013 | Reply

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