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Woman Offers Free BART Tickets To Needy Teen After Station Agent Firing

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) customers pass through a fare gate at the San Francisco Embarcadero station. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Days after a Bay Area Rapid Transit worker was fired for giving a teenager free BART tickets to get to school, a second good Samaritan has stepped in to help the boy.

A woman who wants to remain anonymous contacted his school on Wednesday and said she would pay for the 16-year-old boy’s bus and BART fares to school until he graduates. The act of generosity will cost up to $15 a day.

The woman decided to help after learning from news reports that the station agent was fired for giving the boy $300 worth of paid, unused tickets left behind by commuters. Those tickets are usually thrown away.

The teen’s father died last year. His grandparents took him in and enrolled him in a school far from home.

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