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New hire is new fire under Mass. cell phone ban

/ Source: The Associated Press

A man who beat out thousands of job applicants for work as a Boston bus driver has been fired after less than a week for allegedly violating a ban on cell phone use.

The man was hired by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority through a 27,000-person job lottery conducted to fill 34 vacancies. MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said Wednesday the new driver was seen using a cell phone at a training site. When a supervisor approached, the trainee allegedly snapped it shut and got on a bus.

The agency policy requires the immediate firing of any driver caught using a cell phone while on duty. The policy was instituted last year after a driver slammed his trolley into another train while sending a text message to his girlfriend.