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Train employees told to check gay people’s tickets to make sure they don’t ride for free

By Mason White 6:29 PM February 25, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
Gay rights activists in Spain, are outraged after learning that train employees were told to be extra cautious with checking the tickets of gay people to make sure that they paid for their trips.

A leaked memo that was sent to Metro employees warning them about the gay community, was leaked on the Internet, causing the firestorm.

The memo said that gays are a problem group among ticket buyers. The memo urged staff to be more vigilant with checking tickets of musicians, beggars and homosexuals.

The authorities of Metro have launched an investigation into the internal memo, which stated that the identified groups might not have valid tickets.

Now, they have officially condemned the memo and an investigation is ongoing. LGBT groups are now urging Metro to launch a campaign against discrimination.

Madrid LGBT Group COLEGA described the memo as humiliating and discriminatory.