Single Mom Says She Was Fired by Restaurant Chain for Doing Good Deed

If you work at a fast food joint and buy a round of burgers for some firefighters, you'd think that would be cause for a promotion. Or at least a "Good goin'." Instead, Heather Levia, a single mom of twins, reportedly was fired from her job at McDonald's. Levia was working her morning shift when a bunch of local smoke eaters came in and ordered breakfast after working all morning to put out a house fire in subzero temperatures. Levia wanted to show them some thanks, so she ponied up for their $83 worth of sandwiches.

That's probably not the kind of money that a single mom working at McDonald's can easily part with, but Levia says she wanted to show them she "appreciates everything they do."

A little while later, another fire department from Olean, New York, called in for lunch. Levia reportedly sent her boss a text message asking if the fast food restaurant could pick up the tab -- she says she thought that might happen since the franchise outlet regularly gives out free meals to cops.

When Levia's boss said no, she took it upon herself to ask the corporate office, which also reportedly said no. So again she and this time some other staffers ponied up.

The fire department, thinking that the McDonald's had pressured Levia into paying, called up to complain. Naturally, Levia's boss wasn't happy with this and reportedly told her she had opened a "bee's nest."

A disagreement ensued and Levia was fired. The official reason was that she swore at a superior, but she denies this, saying she only said, "This is freaking ridiculous."

Well, in some ways it is -- why should police get free meals but not firefighters? And, hey, what about teachers, postal service workers, military men and women -- and bloggers?!

I guess I can see why Levia's boss was miffed -- on the other hand, she was only trying to do a good deed. Firing her after eight years on the job seems extreme.

Luckily, Levia says she has already received other job offers.

What do you think?


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the4m... the4mutts

Her bosses told her NO. She had done her good deed already that day, and who knows if/how she pressured her other MINIMUM WAGE coworkers to help pay.

That being said, after years at the same shit-hole job, they shouldn't have fired her. But they should have had a talk with her. I know that when I worked fast food, we were not allowed to comp meals without permission, and we CERTAINLY were not allowed to pay out of pocket. It was a conflict of interest.

Fired, no. Talking to and reiterating company policy, yes.

And who knows? If she had just listened to her bosses, it might have opened a door to discussing discounts for public servants being a new standard. But instead, she disobeyed. *shrug*

Frost... FrostyMelted

She's free to quit at anytime and an employer is free to fire her at anytime. It's called life.

Carme... Carmen8706

She used her own money. It doesn't sound like she broke any rules (but I don't know what the restaurant's policy is). If it was about a misunderstanding, then the corporation overreacted.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

In the end it's not like the food was given away for free. I think firing her was a bit much.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

Actually, FrostyMelted, it's more complicated than that.  Even "at will" employers have to be careful when they fire someone.


She made the company look bad. Mcdonalds doesn't have to donate food. There's nothing freakin ridiculous about that. She got herself fired.

D.j. Lord

Even "at will" employers have to be careful when they fire someone.....not long as they dont violate rights then they can fire you for anything

nonmember avatar myop

If she had been there for 8 yrs, why is she just now starting this? I agree that she opened a "bee's nest."

Todd Vrancic

There is more to this than meets the eye.

Jane Krick

its McDonalds...why is it a conflict of interest???its her $$$$$$! Now if she pressured other employees, then yea, she was wrong but as for her spending her own money, it is her business what she does with her own money.


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