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Giving Unused BART Tickets to Teen Costs Agent his Job

Jim Stanek of Novato found out by letter that he'd been let go for giving away $300 worth of unused tickets.

He thought he was doing a good deed even though it was against the rules.

According to multiple reports, Novato's Jim Stanek, got fired from his job as a BART ticket agent for giving $300 in unused tickets to a needy teenager.

Here is a San Francisco Chronicle blog post about it, and here is a piece from CBS5.

Do you think this was a firable offense?

Patty Maher May 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I appreciate that he was trying to help out a kid, but I have to side with BART on this one. Those tickets are the equivalent of cash, which means he essentially stole cash from his employer. Definitely more Robin Hood than your run-of-the-mill thief, yes, but theft nonetheless. It would do a world of good for BART, however, to go the reprimand route AND find a way to funnel some more of those "tiny tickets" to individuals in need.
Shonni Tidwell May 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I so disagree with the way Bart handled this, the Ticket agent should not have been Fired, they could have and should have asked him to pay the $300.00's back, Or deducted it from his check, in my eyes Bart has no heart, and for doing a good deed the Ticket agent got screwed!!!!
Carol May 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If BART has a policy for unused tickets, and the employee "knowingly" broke the policy then the firing is correct. Employee's always have to follow the policies for their employers whether they agree with them or not. They were not his tickets to give away. It's up to BART to decide how it wishes deal with unused tickets. The ticket agent broke the rules and therefore "screwed" himself.
Tina McMillan May 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
If you read the article these were "paid" unused tickets left at the stand by riders. Firing this man was too strong a response. These tickets were paid for but left behind. Unless there were other complaints that made him a poor fit for his job it seems like an unreasonable consequence.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Interesting responses so far. I wonder what I would do if I were in his position.
Carol May 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
So, what happens when the BART rider(s) realize they left their unpaid tickets at the ticket stand, and go back to pick them up? I'm sure there is a valid reason for the BART policy to not take "paid" tickets and "give" them to others. It doesn't matter what we think is right or not. If they have a policy, their employees must follow it. If we do not like our employers policies, we're free to leave our jobs, start our own companies and make our own rules.

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