Background: one-way fares on San Francisco MUNI lines (buses and subways) is $1.50, it is $.50 for minors under 18 and seniors over 65.
Today at the Powell MUNI station:
Young Lady Stuck at the Turnstile: I put fifty cents and it won’t let me in.
Muni Employee Inside Glass Booth: the machine doesn’t know how old are you.
MEIGB: when is your birthday?
YLST: August 28, 1984. . .
[YLST’s friend, behind her, stifles a laugh]
YLST: No, I mean, 1988 . . .
[YLST’s friend starts laughing out loud]
YLST: . . . No, it’s . . .
[MEIGB shakes her head, YLST walks away followed by her friend, leaving behind the $.50 she has already put in the turnstile.]