Thursday, 4:30 PM
T gives Allston man refund for expensive ride
By Megan Tench
After boarding a Green Line train one hot night in August, Stephen Lyons stuck his money into the farebox only to realize with horror that he had put in a $100 bill.
I felt like an idiot, he recalled Friday. I was wearing shorts, and I knew I had a dollar in my left pocket and a hundred in my right. I mustve reached into the wrong pocket. Oh, man ..... just stupid.
Lyons, 38, of Allston, thought it was a lost cause, but he called and wrote to MBTA officials anyway. Months went by with no word. I just gave up on it, he said.
But something unexpected happened Friday.
Lyons, who installs floor coverings, received a check in the mail for $99.
In a letter accompanying the payment, MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas told Lyons that his $100 bill was located by the revenue collection staff that counted the currency from the Boston College branch. Enclosed, please find a check for $99 to reimburse you for the overpayment, the letter said. I thank you for your patience and for using the MBTA.
Wasting no time, Lyons immediately cashed the check.
I couldnt believe it, he said.