ok, so I'm preaching to the choir here about the fact that the cards the MTA uses are total garbage. Flimsy, weak, and stupid and I believe this is the main reason why you see people standing there for 10 minutes swiping over and over again until it lets them in. Over the years, I believe I've mastered the technique (use a weak hand to as not to bend the card, lay the bottom lip flat on the base of the reader, brisk walking pace speed, and boom I'm in), but every now and then I'll get pegged thanks to the fact that the card readers themselves are also pieces of shit. The readers PATH uses and the busses use are superior thanks to the fact that it takes human error out of the equation. Unless you put your card in upside down, but whatever.
I don't know what the fuck the deal was this morning, but at my main station there were hoards of people trying and failing to get in. And I mean 7-8 people deep, I had to wait a long time just to get up to the turnstyle (I got in perfectly thanks to my honed technique), and once I got in I noticed that there were far more people trying to get in than there were waiting for a train.
It was so ridiculous that I snuck a picture. You can see the disaster zone quite clearly despite the haphazard nature of the shot.
Perfect time for me to read that the MTA is going to start charging for new cards (refilled ones will be free). We all know that people are just going to refill the cards, meaning the existing cards will get more use and deteriorate faster and so we'll have more "please swipe again" situations. God damn it, MTA