ok, first of all, at the appeal, i had a hour with the union rep, he only looked at my paperwork for 5 minutes, he was on the phone with his friends throughout the time and the signs were to he was not interested. Anyway, i asked him for help fact that my job is precious to me. He said to me i want you to tell the manager that when the couple came on my bus, soon as you realised the tickets never came out the machine, you opened the lid of the ticket machine to inspect the paper feed, and closed the lid. The thing is I did not do this at all. I questioned the union rep as to how can I say this if I have not written it on my occurence report, or the discplinary hearing when i was dismissed? He said to me not to worry about it and what counts is now. He shouted at me and said this is what you are going to say. I felt very uncomfortable and did no what to do. Once again he said this is what you will say as if I had no choice. At the meeting I told the manager what union rep told me, and the manager told me straight away that if you open the lid of the ticket machine, the machine will have diagnostic code, each diagnostic codes relate to different things, like example number 32 would relate to ticket machine being opened. Manager said you had no diagnostic codes which tell me that you did not open the lid of the ticket machine.
I was in despair, and even more stressed, I looked at the union rep and he was just looking down.
At the end of meeting, the manager said she will make her decision after investigating two things. 1. I had a few disputes of revenue inspector report such as he only made me sign for the allegation of youth and not the couple etc. 2. she said I told her in my original report that revenue boarded my bus regular in the last 3 months which is correct, she said your report sounds like you are saying revenue come everyday? I replied not everyday but more regular than before. She said how regular? I said i do not know. She said i need a number? once everyday, once every two days? I said I am not sure may be once 3 days. She said ok i will check your module to see if this is correct.
When my appeal was dismissed, she said in her report that she had checked my module for the last two weeks before the incident and found that revenue have only boarded your bus twice and thirdly prior to incident, she said this brings your honest into question. The problem I have is she did not tell me she will be checking the last two weeks, if she did I would of given her more accurate answer, I thought she will be checking the last 3 months whay I wrote in my original report. Also she said she spoke to the revenue in question, he said everything is correct in his report. She said I asked you if the youth spoke to you about the problem when revenue boarded, on the letter it said i replied no, the thing is she did not even ask me this question, to back it up she said cctv shows youth with inspector trying to have conversation with you, also this brings honesty into question. She wrote about the ticket machine lid which brings my honesty into question. At the meeting she said in your original report you wrote that the youth had given you 1.60, i kept the 1 pound, and the youth took 60p back, at the dismissal and now you are saying you had 60p and youth took the 1 pound? she said she is confused and which document is correct? I replied i had the 60p and youth took the pound, i apologised i basically got it the way round, the reason why i must of wrote in wrong in my occurrence report was more likely to do with fact that i was extremely stressed.
These are the grounds why my appeal was dismissed.