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66 Year-Old BART Worker Fired For Helping Needy Teen

66 Year-Old BART Worker Fired For Helping Needy Teen

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.

We think that BART should reconsider and let Stanek keep his job. If you agree, please show your support by signing the petition below!

 

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2:07PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Students and seniors should get discounts on tickets, not free passes.

2:05PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

He was let go because of age, no other reason!! I hope he gets his job back. Petition signed.

2:04PM PDT on May 7, 2012

@Gina D.: AGREED!! My Grandmother didn't even get a basic state pension 'cause she was told she was too well-off, from - guess what - HER SAVINGS!! DISGUSTING!! And frankly the Govt.'s treatment of all Irish society like a bunch of sheep disgusts me so much I almost think to hell with the Occupy concept, we need an October Revolution - IRISH STYLE!!

2:03PM PDT on May 7, 2012

@Gina D.: AGREED!! My Grandmother didn't even get a basic state pension 'cause she was told she was too well-off, from - guess what - HER SAVINGS!! DISGUSTING!! And frankly the Govt.'s treatment of all Irish society like a bunch of sheep disgusts me so much I almost think to hell with the Occupy concept, we need an October Revolution - IRISH STYLE!!

3:54AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Good points Stephanie. Here in UK we get free bus passes on retirement - but now they are telling us that too many old people are using the passes so there is talk of cancelling them!!!
Why did we work and pay taxes for all of our lives and then me treated like a drain on resources, yet incomers get free houses, medical care, benefits etc...

2:28AM PDT on May 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

6:52PM PDT on May 6, 2012

He knew it was against the rules to give away the tickets, so maybe a write-up or something- but it is a stupid rule- someone paid for but didn't use the tickets- the tickets should be used by a needy person!

12:48PM PDT on May 6, 2012

Maybe this wasn't even about the tickets but about his age. I mean, 66 year olds are more expensive and less productive than 25 year olds.... That said, if it was about the tickets, come on, give the guy a break. He was just being nice and the tickets were paid for already. Nobody cares.

6:23AM PDT on May 6, 2012

thanks. Stefanie has excellent points here. Someone should suggest this to BART.

8:31PM PDT on May 4, 2012

Not only should BART give Stanek his job back, but do one (or two, or more) better:

Offer all STUDENTS FREE TRANSIT as long as they are STUDENTS (even if they work or not).
Offer all SENIORS FREE TRANSIT FOREVER (even if they work or not).

This would encourage HIGHER USAGE OF MASS TRANSIT.

This would ELEVATE TRAFFIC of MASS TRANSIT AND ALL FOOD SERVICE BUSINESSES connected to MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS, that PAY RENT, and can CONTRIBUTE to paying for RUNNING THE TRANSIT SYSTEM ITSELF.

This would ELEVATE EMPLOYMENT at such FOOD SERVICES BUSINESSES connected to MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS.

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