Today (or rather yesterday, Sunday started over an hour ago here) I had the most strange experience with an overzealous public servant I have ever had.
Early afternoon I stepped out of a Leipzig City tram in my neighborhood, I have some 300 meters (less than a quarter of mile) to walk home from this tram stop. Went first to a bakery in the corner to buy bread for the weekend. In screenshot below, #1 is the tram stop, #2 is the bakery, the red line shows the route I walked from the tram to bakery.
This small neighborhood bakery has a few tables in the street and is quite popular place, cup of really good coffee costing less than one Euro and all the bakery products being very reasonably priced. In one of the tables in the street, one ticket controller of the city's public transport company LVB was having a coffee break. Usually they work in pairs, one stepping in from front of the bus or tram, one from behind, writing €40 penalty tickets to those without a valid ticket but this one was alone.
He was sitting quite next to the entrance to the bakery. As I passed him, he stood up and told "I noticed you came from the tram #4 just now, could you show your ticket". No Good afternoon, no presenting himself as a controller (recognized the uniform, though), nothing. As the reason I had been in the city and now coming home with a tram was not a pleasant one and I was in a bad mood, I just told him "No" and went in to buy my bread. I mean, what right could he possibly to have to ask a ticket from a passenger who had already walked over two pedestrian crossings away from the stop, past at least three trash cans where if using a single trip ticket the said passenger could have discarded it.
A minute or two later I was back in the street, this controller was standing there demanding to see my ticket or he would write the control ticket (€40) for me for refusing to show a valid ticket. I said nothing, first, but when he asked me to ID myself I told him I'd rather suggest he should call the police as there was not a chance I would show him either a ticket or ID.
Whether I had a valid ticket, which I had, or not is irrelevant here. I just turned around and walked home, was not interested to continue the argument or see if he really would have called the cops.