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Stephen Kruiser

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May 20, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Because it’s fun to laugh at the French.

The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros ($20.5bn; £12.1bn) are too wide for many regional platforms.

The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says that it is an embarrassing blunder that has so far cost the rail operator over 50m euros ($68.4m; £40.6m).

Our correspondent says that the cost is likely to rise even further.

They were given the wrong dimensions but didn’t double-check them.

“Close enough for government work” became a saying for a reason, kids.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Put a curse on SNCF last summer when its strike spoiled my vacation. It has been working since.
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There's a very old saying in woodworking:

"Measure twice. Cut once."

Morons.
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Need to check to see if this company is on the short-list at the CA HSR agency.
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I thought the precision of the rational French state and of its metric system were supposed to prevent this.
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"Le woops!", as the French say.

I thought only people who use the backward imperial measurement system made mistakes like that.
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The "teaser" (or whatever you call it) on the home page uses the term "lulz"? What the heck is that?

Also, the French are not alone in making that kind of mistake. Our local fire department made the local newspaper a few years back when they got a new firetruck that failed to fit into its station door by a fraction of an inch. I believe they had to renovate the building somewhat to accomodate the new truck. A simple measuring tape was all they needed to avoid the problem.... I don't think they ever reported how much was spent to make the necessary renovations or if anyone lost their job over the screwup.
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Sounds like an obsolete fire station.

Wow! What was the cost to fix the fire station?, $20billion?
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