Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station agent Jim Stanek recently told the San Francisco chronicle that he was fired by the transit authority for giving a friend’s grandson $300 in tickets. BART officials informed Stanek of his termination in a letter, which arrived on his 66th birthday.
Stanek says a friend’s teenage grandson was struggling to afford the commute between his East Bay home and the charter school he attends in San Francisco. According to SF Gate, the trip costs about $200 a month. (Read more about the teen’s struggle to get to school in our previous coverage).
When Stanek learned about the teen’s dilemma “he gave him $300 worth of paid, unused tickets that commuters left behind at the Daly City station booth” where he worked, even though he knew reusing the tickets this way was technically against BART rules.
Stanek defended his compassionate act during 6 hours of hearings. But a week later, BART terminated him anyway.
We know that BART isn’t a charity, and Stanek broke the rules. But it wasn’t stealing, and was clearly done to help a kid who was just trying to do well in school.
Stanek said he plans to appeal the decision through his union. He said the union will allow him to keep his health care and pension, whose amount he declined to state, for up to five years.
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