Sunday 18 February 2018

Van carrying €1m was left open, claims fired worker

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A FORMER cash-in-transit worker, who was sacked by security giant Chubb for alleged aggressive behaviour, claims his colleague left a van that was delivering almost €1m in cash completely insecure.

Claimant Karol Rychter (34), from Dublin, also claims he saw his colleague stash €5,000 under the dashboard the following day during another cash delivery.

Giving evidence on his own behalf at the Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday, Mr Rychter, pictured, claims he was unfairly dismissed by his former employer, Chubb Ireland Ltd, based at the Stillorgan Industrial Park in Co Dublin, for gross misconduct.

Mr Rychter, originally from Poland, said he was hired by the firm in February 2007, to work in the cash-in-transit division. He made cash deliveries to ATMs.

He said he was making a cash delivery of close to €1m to AIB's ATM "bunker" on Grafton Street in Dublin with his work partner on January 6, 2012, whom he claimed wanted to leave the van's safe open during the delivery otherwise "it would take all day," the tribunal heard.

Mr Rychter said he felt very uncomfortable about this as he was "concerned about my safety and the safety of the money".

"I didn't agree with it. But I was forced to load the ATM with almost €1m," he said.

The following day, when Mr Rychter and the same man were making a cash delivery of €50,000 to a Spar shop, he saw his partner "preparing the cash in the van" without a safe.

He claimed he then noticed €5,000 in cash hidden under the van's dashboard after the delivery.

"I was on the verge of calling the guards," he told the tribunal.

Mr Rychter said he had "an exchange of words" with his colleague.

The following day, Mr Rychter said he was suspended while his colleague was assigned a new partner.

He then received a letter stating he was being dismissed for gross misconduct following an investigation into the alleged incident in which he was accused of behaving "in an aggressive and threatening manner" to other staff.

No representatives from Chubb attended yesterday's hearing.

The tribunal retired to consider the case.

Irish Independent

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