A McDonald’s branch in New York has fired one of their employees for giving meals to hard-working firefighters out of their own pocket. Heather Levia, 23, had been working as an employee at McDonald’s for eight years. She covered $83 worth of breakfast sandwiches for firefighters who had put out a nearby fire “just because I appreciate everything they do.” But after her boss refused personally to cover another $70 worth in food, Levia and other employees secretly scraped together their own cash to do so.
After the firefighters contacted the store management to thank them, Levia’s boss accused of her opening up “a whole bee’s nest.” She was then fired at the next shift for allegedly swearing at her boss, which she vehemently denies. “I did say this is freaking ridiculous, but it was not implied to anybody,” she told WIVB.
The restaurant owner, Tom Meyers, declined to talk about the dismissal in detail. “We 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 in a statement. “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.”
Levia, who currently works two jobs to put herself through nursing school, said she is currently looking for a new gig and has already received several offers.