Just one day after the announcement that Victoria will be providing free bus passes to people aged 12-18 years old, Craigslist users are attempting to benefit from the initiative.
Three separate ads have popped up over a span of two hours on Wednesday morning regarding youth bus passes in Victoria.
One of them offers youth transit pass holders between $8 – $10 to sell their passes.
“Maybe you decided you did not need one, and you can’t return it for a refund. Maybe you got a cheap or free pass as part of some program. WE WILL PAY YOU CASH FOR IT,” reads the description.
If successful, whoever is running these ads stands to make a profit of $15-$17 per ticket sold.
On Tuesday, Victoria Regional Transit Commission voted to provide free youth bus passes Victoria residents aged 12-18, who can pick their passes up at city hall free of charge once they show ID.
These passes come at a cost of $729,000, and are being paid for by Sunday parking in downtown Victoria. They will be valid until September 2020.
A permanent program to provide free bus passes to youth in Victoria will be devised by city staff in time to be implemented in September next year.