Depression not an excuse for bus driver who skimmed from the fare boxDriver claimed depression made him do itBy Jeffrey R. Smith07/25/2007|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.