Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pregnant Woman Fired!

A pregnant woman is fired after being robbed at gunpoint. At first glance it seems unfair, unjust, and unwarranted. You be the judge!

Marissa Holcomb was held at gunpoint late last month in an armed robbery at Popeyes in Channelview, Texas.

Then, she was fired.

The shift manager, who is five months pregnant says she was reprimanded because she refused to pay back $400 that the gunman got away with.

"I told them I'm not paying nothing, Holcomb said. "I just had a gun to me. I'm not paying the money."

On March 31, the gun-toting robber walked into the fast food joint and demanded that employees get on the floor. He grabbed Holcomb by her shirt and told her to empty the safe, but she said she could only open the registers.

Security video of the incident shows the gunman leap over the counter like some sort of deranged Batman to get to the registers.

The restaurant was reportedly unusually busy that day, so the thief made off with a hefty sum. Holcomb claims that her manager demanded that she reimburse the company the $400 that was stolen, or be fired.

A Popeyes spokesperson said that it's against company policy to have that much money in the register at any given time, so Holcomb was fired. The rep denied hearing that she was given the option to pay the money back. This is a common practice in many business that require a certain among of money to be withdrawn for registers periodically to maintain and acceptable "drawer amount".

Holcomb said she's pregnant with her fourth child and that the firing came at the worst time.

"I don't think it's right because now I'm struggling for my family", she said.

What I had to do was keep my life."

Supporters say they tried to set up a GoFundMe page to help her out, but that page has since been taken down. Holcomb told the New York Daily News that she's applying for jobs every day.

While she was the pregnant victim of a crime, Holcomb did violate company policy. So, the question is, if she was not pregnant would this be news?


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