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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Put Out a Fire, Get...Fired: Store Employee Loses Job After Heroic Act

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Add another one to the “no good deed goes unpunished” file.
David Bowers was working as a store greeter at the Meijer store in Gaylord when he left his post to help a customer put out a fire in the parking lot.
He knew his actions were against company policy, but he believed that customer’s needs came first in this case:
“When the guy came in and said his dashboard was on fire I grabbed the fire extinguisher and I followed him outside and sure enough his dashboard was on fire,” Bowers said.
Bowers quickly extinguished the fire and returned to his post. Shortly after, he was called into the store director’s office and was told he was being suspended.
One supervisor said something unbelievable to Bowers:
“The one supervisor told me that my heart was in the right place, but my brain wasn’t.”
A few days later, Bowers was fired.
Representatives for Meijer said they can’t comment on staff matters, but issued the following statement about the incident:
“The safety of our customers and team members is a top priority at Meijer. We have a very specific protocol in place for our team members to follow when emergencies occur and we can’t allow any deviation from the policy that could put our customers or team members at risk.”
Apparently the safety of this particular customer wasn’t a “top priority.”
Ken Kuzon is the man Bowers helped, and he can’t understand the firing:
“My truck would’ve been completely burned – that fire was going. I just think it’s ridiculous why should you be penalized for being a good samaritan.”
Bowers said he was suspended several years ago for leaving his post to chase a shoplifter, but he is baffled about the company’s decision to fire him:
“I thought that was what we were supposed to do, you know you have somebody that is in need, don’t you help them, but I guess not.”
Yes, Mr. Bowers – you DO help them. One would think that a company would be grateful for having an employee with such strong ethics, but it seems that those days are long gone.
The Daily Sheeple 

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