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McDonald’s allegedly fires employee over random act of kindness

A generous McDonald’s worker paid for the meals of fire fighters who had been working in freezing temperatures. She was fired the next day. She claims it was for this random act of kindness, but the New York Post on Feb. 19 says McDonald’s is saying something else.

McDonald's employee claims she was fired because of random act of kindness
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Heather Levia from Olean, N.Y. shelled out about $90 for 25 orders of breakfast sandwiches and hash browns for some very cold fire fighters “just because I appreciate everything they do.” A second fire company came in to the McDonald’s and ordered $70 worth of food. Levia texted her boss to ask if they would pick it up. They said no, so the employees dug into their pockets and paid. The next day, the eight-year employee was fired.

According to Levia, who has twins at home and is working her way through nursing school, she was fired for her RAK. She says she was told, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.”

The official reason for Heather Levia’s firing is that she swore at a supervisor, something Levia vehemently denies. “I did say this is ‘freaking’ ridiculous. But it was not implied to anybody,” she said.

The owner of the Olean McDonald’s franchise, Tom Meyers, released a statement on the incident.

“The Meyers Organization has always valued the employees who serve our customers every day. We likewise continue to be an ardent supporter of our police and fire departments, along with other first responders. They are always welcome in our restaurants, and we will continue to support them in the future,” he said. “We are aware that certain allegations have been made concerning the reasons for Heather Levia’s termination. Out of respect for Ms. Levia and her privacy, it would not be appropriate to comment in detail on the reasons she is no longer employed by our organization. Still, it should be pointed out that the allegations are absolutely not true. We would never penalize an employee for showing appropriate gratitude for the work of our firefighters.”

Many of the fire fighters she helped have called McDonald’s to complain in the hopes that she will get her job back. It hasn’t happened yet, but she’s been offered other jobs in her community.

It’s just wrong. I wish the communities would change and help each other out. I wish that things didn’t have to be the way they are. And if losing my job is going to speak out to the community, then that’s what it’s going to do.” ~ Heather Levia

What do you think? Was Heather Levia fired for performing a RAK or because she said something inappropriate? Is McDonald’s making their story up to cover their butts for not paying for the food? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.


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