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McDonald's worker fired: 23 y/o fired for paying meals? Alleged 'swear' involved

A McDonald’s worker fired this week just for allegedly paying for several hungry firefighters’ meals out of her own pocket is now speaking out. While the McDonald’s company is claiming that she has been fired over an unrelated incident involving a “swear” that she said, the 23-year-old woman, Heather Levia, contends that this is simply not true. shares the details on this complex fast food story this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

McDonald's employee loses her job for paying for meals?
Twitter Photo, OLean Times News

Although she was only trying to do a good deed, a McDonald’s worker fired recently claims she lost her job due to sheer generosity. Heather Levia, 23, said that she decided to foot the expensive fast food bill for a number of hungry firefighters after putting out a local fire. The next day, she alleges, she came back to work only to discover that she had been canned.

The single mother and aspiring nurse works two jobs in Olean, New York, while taking care of her child. According to her statement, the former McDonald’s employee was just hoping to show her gratitude to these firefighters for putting out fires and saving lives in the freezing weather.

When the first responders arrived to the Olean McDonald’s store, Levia said she was in the middle of her morning shift as manager. Altogether, the group ordered a total of 25 burgers and chicken sandwiches. To show her thanks for their public service, she decided to pay the tab — which came to $83 — from her own wallet so that she might pay for it.

“Just because I appreciate everything they do,” said Heather Levia to a local news source.

That very same morning before the McDonald’s worker was fired, a second group of firefighters from the local department arrived, asking for $70 in fast food. This time, Levia contacted her boss to see if the McDonald’s company would be willing to pay for the bill. She said that these emergency responders deserved it, as the store frequently would buy food for local police officers in the area.

However, the 23-year-old McDonald’s employee was told that she did not have the right to donate the sandwiches, and the firefighters would need to pay for the meals themselves. She then phoned in to the corporate office, who said the very same thing — it would not be allowed.

Unwilling to let the firefighters pay, Levia swore she would cover it. Opening her wallet again and asking for the help of two other workers, the 23-year-old manager footed the bill. However, some of the emergency responders felt that she was made obligated to do so, and brought her boss in to discuss the incident.

“You just opened a whole bees' nest,” her boss allegedly muttered at Levia.

The next day at work, the McDonald’s worker fired headline became real, as Levia found she had been canned. Those who had also helped pay for the fast food, however, had not lost their jobs.

The McDonald’s boss said that Levia was allegedly swearing at her from yesterday, but the 23-year-old employee said this simply never happened. She adds that she’s worked at McDonald’s for eight years, and never actually swore.

“I did say this is ‘freaking’ ridiculous,' Levia admitted. “But it was not implied to anybody.”

The owner of the Olean McDonald’s site said this in response:

“We are aware that certain allegations have been made concerning the reasons for Heather Levia’s termination,” he said. “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.”

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