Pregnant woman fined and thrown off bus while en route to hospital by bus controller
by Vincent C. Torrieri
English Training News
She got to the hospital on foot
NAPLES – A 28-year-old Neopolitan woman, who was taking a walk along the viale Colli Aminei and unexpectedly found herself ill and in labour pains, got on the first bus she could find that was heading to the Cardarelli hospital. Federica Caroccia climbed on board the 604 public bus without a ticket and soon was fined €71 euros by the bus controller. Despite Caroccia’s plea and explanation to the controller about not feeling well and heading for the Hospital’s Emergency, she was handed the penalty and thrown off the bus.
“I felt humiliated and helpless,” said Caroccia. “Fortunately everything went well. My daughter was born that evening.”
The incident, which occurred on April 24, was later followed up by an official complaint and appeal launched against the ANM -the Neopolitan public transport company. ANM has doubled down and defended the controller’s actions.
Caroccia’s appeal was refused because she was told by an ANM official that “the surrounding circumstances cannot be grounds for canceling the fine.”
“Now, I am really angry,” said Caroccia. “I don’t think this is morally correct. I was at that moment afraid and in difficulty.”
With the recent dissemination of the story in national newspapers and news wire agencies, ANM has backtracked on their company policy.
“Regarding the case of Ms. Federica, ANM intends to publicly offer its apologies,” said ANM’s CEO Nicola Pascale. He commented on being flooded with fines, which almost averages 3,000 per month. “Mistakes can happen and in this case, there has been excess of zeal towards the lady. It will be my personal responsibility to take up and re-examine the practice of appeals which has been handled in a bureaucratic way. Meanwhile, I would like to express my apologies and congratulations on the birth of the baby.”
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