YOUR STORY: NDG man hopes video leads to cancellation of fare-jumping ticket
More than two years after obtaining video proof that he did in fact buy his metro fare, an NDG man is heading to court, to once again fight a $300 unpaid-ticket fine.
On March 1, 2017, Ethan Nanasi rode the metro four stops, from Vendôme to Guy-Condordia. He claims he and the friends he was riding with all purchased single-ride fares before they got on the train.
"We were having a good time, just fooling around," he said. "Maybe I threw my ticket at (one of my friends), I don't know, but I guess I must have forgotten it on the floor when we got off.
"I don't really take the metro often enough to think, oh I might run into the STM cops," he added.
When the group went to exit the station there was a line of STM inspectors checking for proof of payment. Nasani did not have his ticket and was given a fine.
"I tried to explain to him, look I really paid," he said. "I know it's the protocol and the guy had to write me the ticket, but I paid."
Nanasi contacted the STM, explained what had happened, and sent over the date, approximate time, and the exact place where he says he purchased his ticket.
"I had discovered that within a certain time limit you can get video footage," he said.
He included a description of the clothes he was wearing and the fact that he dropped some coins moments before stepping up to the ticket booth.
"I just figured once all was said and done, and they had seen the footage with me, they would drop the ticket," he said.
He did meet with an STM official. They did review the video together. A note was made on his file.
"And here I am two years later," he said, "going to court."
An STM spokesperson would not comment on Nanasi's case specifically but told CJAD 800 that STM inspectors expect riders to provide proof of payment in the form of a ticket receipt.
He added that anyone can request a copy of security footage that they appear in.
"He has much better chance of winning his case with that video," said Avi Levy, lawyer with Ticket 911.
But, Nasani thinks the process shouldn't be this hard.
"It's waste of time and money," he said. Why can't they communicate with each other?
"They were aware that I did not cheat the system, I heard nothing from them for two years, and then I get my court date (April 26th) in the mail, around a month ago."
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