Management & Operations

RTA employees accused of buying too many shoes

Posted on August 9, 2002

Employees at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) have allegedly used part of their $450 clothing allowance to buy $49,000 worth of shoes for other people. A total of 587 "questionable and inappropriate" shoe purchases were made by 179 transit employees over four years, according to an internal audit. One employee purchased six pairs of shoes in five different sizes. The RTA is now requesting repayment from the union that runs the store and uniform program. Future uniforms will be provided by a private company rather than the union. Employees are now limited to purchasing one pair of shoes every three months.

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