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Bus Driver Suspended ... for Wearing a Pink Tie!

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MYFOX News: An Illinois bus driver was suspended for a day without pay after he showed up to work wearing a pink tie in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

man wearing pink tie for breast cancer

William "Bill" Jones, 46, who has been a bus driver in the Springfield Mass Transit District for nine years, served his suspension, but said he will file a formal grievance, according to the State Journal Register.

Jones said he wore the tie on the first Friday of the month as a way to recognize close family members who had battled the deadly disease.

"It represents the women of my family who have fallen to breast cancer and cancer itself," Jones said. "And to all women across this country who have either fallen from the disease or who have survived. That's basically what it's for."

While SMTD managing director Linda Tisdale didn't comment specifically about Jones' case, she did say that employees are expected to show up to work wearing their uniform.

"Any time there is a deviation from the uniform, the employee must ask in advance," Tisdale said. "We've tended to work with them on these occasions. It's approved in advance so any deviation can be open up to all the operators."

Ironically enough, Jones' violation has now led to the mass transit district approving of employees wearing pink on Fridays in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Last Friday members of the Marcos de Niza High School football team in Tempe, Ariz., donned pink jerseys for their game as part of a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Arizona Cardinals donated the jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit cancer research. Other sports teams and figures have also been flaunting their pink this month.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
me October 17, 2009, 5:17 AM

I’m all for supporting cancer, and I know October is breast cancer month. What happened to asking, or following the rules and finding a happy medium? Or a pink ribbon on his approved uniform? On his shirt, or use it as a tie tack on his uniform tie? I bet you can even buy pink ribbon tie tacks, too. I’m old school, I guess. I just think breaking a rule and then crying fowl is a bit much? My own mom had a lump removed, I am a supporter of the cause, just not in sneaky ways.

Cathy M. October 18, 2009, 7:02 PM

Why can’t a bus driver wear a pink tie in honor of Breast cancer month? Is it against a dress code or something? What’s wrong with this world, if you cannot show your support for breast cancer?

Anna January 7, 2010, 1:20 AM

Its not that he showed support for breast cancer its that he broke the dress code without asking in advance

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