Finally, the person at the helm of a BC ferry that crashed into an island seven years ago has been sentenced for his crime of neglecting his duties which resulted in 2 deaths when the ferry sank. We'll probably never know the real reason that Karl Lilgert failed to make a course correction that should have been apparent for at least 14 minutes but "Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein noted that it occurred while the veteran mariner was working alone on the bridge with his ex-lover, quartermaster Karen Briker, for the first time since they ended their intense affair." (Globe and Mail.) The navigator is apparently suffering from post traumatic syndrome and depression which if true is sad but when you are in charge of any vehicle esoecially a commercial vessel of this size, you have a major responsbility and must realize you will be held accountable for gross negligence. Can you imagine an airline pilot making a mistake like this?
So you would think that BC Ferries would discuss the need to be more attentive about their duties but I guess the message was taken too seriously by an employee who refused to let a woman on board a ferry to go home because she was 10 cents-right, not $10 short of the fare. "Where do you draw the line? asked B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall." Not at 10 cents you don't Deborah. I find it hard to believe that the attendant wouldn't have given her 10 cents since BC Ferries won't accept debit cards which the woman had. What retail organization today doesn't accept debit cards? BC Ferries doesn't and I have seen a few people forced to turn their cars out of line because they tried to pay with a debit card. This is 2013, not 1913.
At least the CEO of BC Ferries recognized how ludicrous this situation was by saying the situation could have been handled differently. Really? This is the kind of service most people who are forced to travel on the catastrophe known as BC Ferries have come to expect. High fares, mechanical failures, high priced mediocre food that is served in cafeterias that make you feel like you are back in school, employees with indifferent or even bad attitudes and a Twitter account #bcferries that posts pictures taken from passengers between tweets of late and cancelled sailings. The most common reason given for late sailings? Operational delay? What does that even mean?
Here is a typical reaction to BCFerries on Twitter
— johnniecakes (@johnniecakes) June 25, 2013
And they wonder why there has been a steady decline in ridership? It's the price we pay for letting government run a service that should be privatised.
It appears the 10 cents in question could not be paid in cash because of the way the Point of Sale System works. The fact that the young woman was basically turned away without someone trying to override such a ridiculous situation is something that BCF will hopefully address. I won't hold my breath.