Boss fires pregnant employee because she was robbed and wouldn’t pay back the company for the lost money!
A Texas woman who was five months pregnant with her fourth child and working as a shift manager at Popeye’s got robbed at gunpoint during her shift. The masked and armed robber jumped over the counter and ordered the shift manager Marissa Holcomb to open the cash register. He took the money and ran out with nearly $400. During the incident, Holcomb and other employees were ordered to the floor.
Afterwards, her boss told her she had to pay what was stolen, or else she’d be fired. Why would he make such an odd and uncaring demand, seemingly ignoring the woman’s horrific experience? Apparently, they have a store policy that requires cash to be moved from the till to the safe every so often. The boss argued that if the guy left with almost $400, then obviously there was too much in the till. As a shift manager, Holcomb was tasked with making sure there was never too much cash in the till.
But Holcomb said that it was a busy night, and she had been taking cash to the safe as often as she could. That almost-$400 that was stolen was what was made in an hour.
Nevertheless, even though she was the one who was on shift that day who got robbed, rules are rules, and so she got canned.
But that caused a bit of outrage when the press got a hold of the story. At first, the owners of this franchise defended the boss’s actions, noting that Holcomb was fired for violating policy. But when they saw that the story was tarnishing their good name, they decided to offer her job back and even $2,000 in back pay.
If she had had a gun and shot the guy and saved the company from theft, she would’ve been fired for violating their no-gun policy (assuming they have one). In this case, she didn’t have a gun, she gave in to the robber’s demands, which is what companies like this always want their employees to do, and she still got fired. But at least she was offered her job back. That’s one thing we can thank the press for.