A young, single mother in upstate New York was fired from her job at McDonald’s. She says it’s because she paid the tab for some local firefighters.
When firefighters in Olean placed an order for 25 breakfast sandwiches last week, Heather Levia said she picked up the $83 tab as a “thank you” to the first responders for working in subzero temperatures.
When another department ordered $70 worth of food later on, she asked her boss if the restaurant would pay for it. Her boss said no, so Levia asked the corporate office and got the same answer. Levia paid that bill too.
She argues that it’s very common for the eatery to give free food to cops who come in.
When some of the firefighters found out that the 23-year-old Levia – who has twins and works two jobs so she can go to nursing school – had paid for their food, they called her boss to complain.
Here’s more, courtesy of WIVB:
When word spread that Levia paid the bill, some firefighters called her boss and complained, thinking the restaurant made Levia feel obligated to pay for their meals.
Levia says after that, her boss told her, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.”
At her next shift, after eight years of working for McDonald’s, Levia was fired. She says the reason given was she swore at a superior – something she denies.
“I did say this is ‘freaking’ ridiculous. But it was not implied to anybody,” she said.
The manager of the store, Tom Meyers, released the following statement to the station:
“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. 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.”