Firstly, I am a huge supporter of public transport. When the Pandemic came about, I didn't cancel my BVG ticket Partly because of laziness I admit, but also because I come from a city (Dublin) where the public transport and availability is somewhat sub-standard. I appreciate good public transport and see it as an extra tax, essentially.
So from March 2020-January 2022, I basically was paying 60 euro a month or so for barely ever using public transport (working from home, not socializing as much, and also the fact I spent 6 months during this period in my home country).
I cancelled my card in January, and I guess I took a bit of a casual attitude towards public transport on the justification that I was paying them a huge sum every month for the past 2 years without ever really using their service. Therefore I don't have a huge amount of shame admitting for the past 2 months I was using their service without paying.
But yes, it has come back to bite me.
I was fined 12 days ago, and I just got fined again today.
My concern is that even though I have paid both fines straight away, have I snookered myself? Can BVG press criminal charges for 2 offences over such a short space of time, even if paid straight away? My only fine prior to this was in August 2018 when I first came to Berlin.
Lesson learned for my stupidity (I prefer the term stupidity than selfishness, since as mentioned, I was paying them a monthly fee for the past 2 years without using their service regularly) but I'm obviously aware if I get caught again I'm in trouble for sure... if not already.