Depression not an excuse for bus driver who skimmed from the fare box

Driver claimed depression made him do it
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A Hamilton bus driver’s termination for stealing money from the fare box has been upheld by an arbitrator.

Fred Reader, 53, drove Hamilton city buses for 19 years. About twice a week between March 2005 and March 2006, he told passengers there was a problem with the fare box and asked them to put fares into an envelope. Each time, he kept about $20 for himself, which added up to about $2,000 over the year.