Italian Court Rules Conductor who Allegedly Terrorized Passengers with Fines Wrongfully Dismissed

The Italian train conductor Francesco Bonanno said his “nightmare is over” after the country’s top court ruled he was wrongfully dismissed.

Bonanno was accused of “terrorizing” passengers by issuing too many fines within two years while controlling tickets across northern routes on Trenitalia trains.

According to reports, Bonanno had fined passengers for various infractions, such as boarding a train without a ticket, failing to date-stamp it, or traveling on incorrect routes.

Trenitalia laid Bonanno off in 2017 after receiving complaints from unhappy customers, costing it about $10,700 in reimbursements for fines. 

Earlier, Bonanno sought legal action and has officially returned to work after the supreme court said he must be “reintegrated” back into the company. 

The court described Bonanno as someone who worked with “uncommon zeal” and was “inflexible” but ruled that the conductor was only doing his job in an “extremely meticulous way,” and did not seek to profit personally.

“I’m not a bounty hunter, but at work you need rigor, and I have to ensure that all passengers travel with a valid ticket,” Bonanno said

“I am never authoritarian or a bully; the passengers love me,” Bonanno added.

Lucio Spampatti, Bonanno’s lawyer, said he had never heard of someone fired because they worked too much. 

“If you think about it, this story is paradoxical. We’re talking about a train conductor, who as a result of discovering passengers without a ticket, earned the company more than $214,000.”


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