66-year-old BART worker fired for giving needy teen unused tickets

1:35 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit worker has been fired for giving a needy teenager free train tickets to get to

Daly City station agent Jim Stanek tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he got a termination letter on Tuesday, his 66th birthday. Stanek says he plans to appeal the decision.

Stanek gave the 16-year-old boy $300 worth of paid but unused tickets left behind by Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters. Those tickets are usually thrown away.

BART officials say the balance left on those unused tickets goes into the agency's general fund.

Stanek is friends with the boy's grandfather, who takes care of the teen. The grandparents had trouble affording the fares to get the boy from their home in Oakley to his school in San Francisco.

The Associated Press

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