Alex Mesta, a 19-year-old former employee of a Bakersfield, California, Jack In The Box restaurant, had made friends with a regular customer in the restaurant. It turned out this customer was a veteran. To thank him for his service, Mesta would occasionally give the vet a free taco, or a free cup of coffee.
One day, near closing time, Mesta gave the veteran two tacos. The tacos were going to be thrown out anyway. He also threw in a coffee. Mesta estimates the entire bill to be less than $4.
When Mesta came in the following Monday, he was immediately fired. He says that the reason for his firing was listed as “mishandling funds.” “I know what I did wasn’t right to them,” the teen said. “But to me it felt right.”
A Facebook post shared by a Bakersfield man named Daniel Ortiz details the incident.
A 19 year old boy was working the counter when one of his regular customers came in by this point the young boy knew that this older man was a veteran and had great respect for him because the young boy felt a connection with the older man because his older brother is serving our country proudly.
So every day this older gentleman came in for his cup of coffee $0.80 that is with a discount that Jack in the Box gives all servicemen and women….. just so happen that somebody previously ordered two tacos and did not take them so this 19 year old boy offered them to the veteran and said it is not much but thank you for your service .
This young man was fired for giving away two Taco valued at $0.99 he offered to pay Jack in the Box back for them he said it was not right because they were going to throw them away anyways. This is a story that I feel the community needs to know you cannot punish this young man for doing what he felt was right in his heart .
God bless this young man and his parents for raising him right if there is anybody out there that can offer this young man a job please inbox me.
God bless all our servicemen and women and veterans
According to KERO, security cameras captured Mesta giving the customer free products, which led to management’s decision to fire the 19-year-old.
Jack In The Box’s Corporate Communications issued a statement regarding the incident to KERO.
“We too are grateful to our veterans and to the men and women currently serving in the armed forces,” the fast food chain’s statement reads. “Regarding this incident, while it would not be appropriate to provide complete details on an internal disciplinary issue, our actions in this case were not based on just one incident and had nothing to do with the guest’s military experience.”