Transit Worker Fired for Giving Needy Teen Tickets

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 02 May 2012 08:23:09 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit worker has been fired for giving a needy teenager free BART tickets to get to school.
     
Daly City station agent Jim Stanek says that he got a termination letter on Tuesday, his 66th birthday. Stanek says he plans to appeal the decision.
     
Stanek gave a 16-year-old boy $300 worth of paid, unused tickets left behind by Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters. Those tickets are usually thrown away.
     
The teen's father died last year and his grandparents took him into their Oakley home. He was having trouble at a Hercules school so the grandparents enrolled him in San Francisco's Flex Academy.
     
But it costs $200 a month from the Pittsburg station to San Francisco and the grandparents had trouble affording the fares.
      
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