Spending 22 years in a job apparently was not good enough for Alan Bailes, who found himself sacked after First Bus found traces of cocaine on a test sample they took from the driver – but in a twist of fate, Alan had never taken the drug in his life and claimed the probability it had been transferred from a banknote to his hands were pretty high.
In fact, 88% of banknotes are thought to carry traces of cocaine, which Alan claimed had been the case here and despite it showing up on a saliva sample taken in a random drugs test, he then paid out £440 to take further tests to prove the drug was NOT in his system – and was telling the truth.
The 58 year old, who has now won a payout in a tribunal after the company refused to reinstate him, claimed:
I feel relieved now it has been all sorted out and getting paid, but I have had a stressful time over the last two-and-a-half years fighting my case.
We’ve been left feeling stressed, incredibly worried and upset, all for something I didn’t do.
I’m sure First Bus don’t like the fact that the little man took them on and beat them and that they’ve been shown up at a tribunal.
Alan still doesn’t have his job back, but at least he has now cleared his name after two years of fighting to prove his innocence.