There’s a point in everyones life where they leave something important in their trousers when they’re bunged in a washing machine, which is why my Oystercard now has a noticeable bent in it.
It’s not the first time I’ve managed it – in the past I’ve found out that the old paper annual season tickets worked perfectly well after being in a 40° colour wash as well, so I’m hopeful that the Oystercard will be fully functional in its new shape.
Indeed thus far London Travelcards seem to be pretty indestructible. Far cry from a Metro ticket I got in St. Petersburg which was made out of such a brittle plastic that I’d managed to snap it after using just two of the ten journeys loaded on it – and getting a replacement meant visiting some hidden office in downtown between the hours of 3:30 and 4am on a Sunday remembering of course to take a urine sample to corroborate your claim, or something equally ridiculous. Still at something like 10p a journey, replacing it wasn’t exactly costly…