howwhat do you call that man who checqueschecks the tickets on a bus or on a train etc.? Is it a "ticket taker" or have you some more proper expressions for him? Can´t heCan he not (unusual style) Can he (usual style) be called a "bus boy"? Or is it a different job? Thank you
Usually we (Canadians!) call this person a conductor.
A bus boy works in a restaurant, and I believe his job is to help cleanup in the kitchen.
In the U.S., I believe he would also be called a "conductor".
A bus boy cleans up tables and returns the dirty dishes to the kitchen. Depending on the restaurant, he may also deliver drinks, refresh drinks, and even deliver food as part of assisting the waiter. The primary job, though, is cleaning the tables. We calling this "busing (or bussing) tables." I have no idea why the word "bus" got associated with this action.
We Irish call the person an inspector.
The conductor used to issue the tickets on a bus, in the days of a two person operation. Gradually the position was phased out and all our buses are now driver-only. The driver issues tickets and checks the auto-ticket reader and free-travel passes. Occasionally an inspector will board a bus and check that everyone has a valid ticket.
On trains there is always an inspector, who checks tickets after each stop, moving along the train asking for new passengers to present their tickets. I'm sure they can't always remember which faces they've already seen and often wonder how many people skip paying.
We also have inspectors on our subways, now that you mention it. I suppose, for me, the difference between an inspector and a conductor is that the conductor travels with the vehicle while the inspector gets on and off different vehicles.