Metro Tolerates Workers Walking Off With Agency Equipment

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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Metro Tolerates Workers Walking Off With Agency Equipment

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Passengers board a Metro train at Gallery Place-Chinatown.

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A Metro supervisor that took home over 70 pieces of equipment was not charged with any crimes and was allowed to retire with full benefits.

The former employee, who was not named, was excused from criminal charges because an agency investigator said taking home Metro equipment was an "implicitly tolerated practice," the Washington Examiner reported.

The equipment found at the supervisor's home included a 32-inch computer monitor, camera equipment, and a portable generator.  According to the report of a Metro inspector general, some of the equipment was removed from Metro's Carmen Turner facility in Hyattsville, and other pieces were purchased with a Metro-issued credit card used to buy supplies.

The supervisor was fired, but since he was a unionized employee, he is still eligible to receive retirement benefits.

The inspector general report said that Metro, "may have served to create may have served to create an atmosphere where such behavior, although not explicitly condoned or excused, was part of an implicitly tolerated practice."

Metro acknowledged that other employees have been taking Metro equipment, the Examiner reported.  The agency pledged to keep better track of its equipment in the future.

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