*At first glance, in what can only be seen as a heartless action, an employee who was the unfortunate victim of a robbery at the place where she worked, has been fired from her job because she refused to reimburse the employer for the stolen money.
Two additional things make this employer, Popeyes Chicken, look really bad: One, the woman was robbed at gunpoint and two, they fired a pregnant woman whose life was in danger.
It happened in the Channelview Texas eatery; where approximately $400 was stolen on March 31 during an armed robbery that was recorded by the restaurants’ security cameras.
The woman, Marissa Holcomb, was informed by the store manager that she would be fired if she didn’t replace the stolen money.
“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb told KHOU-TV. “I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money.”
Holcomb, who is pregnant with her fourth child, said she was fired less than 36 hours after the robbery.
“I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family because [of] what I had to do to keep my life,” she said.
In what must have been a real scramble to try and justify the action, a representative from the human resources department of franchise owner Z&H Foods Inc., which is the third-largest franchisee in the Popeye’s chain, said Holcomb was fired for a violation of company policy.
She left too much money in the register.
In addition top this, they added, the incident wasn’t Holcomb’s first offense.
The representative said the company was not aware of Holcomb being offered the chance to keep her job by repaying the money.
Holcomb had her reasons for the deposit delay; saying the request for an order had the store busier than usual.
“They got what they got because that’s what we made within one hour,” she said.
Holcomb said she is worried she won’t be able to find another job.
“I mean who’s gonna call me? I’m 5 months pregnant,” she said. “The fact that I got robbed at gunpoint and it’s like nobody cares.”
SMH. Popeye’s, you need to do right by this woman.