You know that old saying, "no good deed goes unpunished"? Well, one mom from Long Island could be the poster child for the phrase, after she donated one of her kidneys to save her boss's life and wound up getting fired. Talk about a slap in the face!
Debbie Stevens is a 47-year-old mom of two who worked for 61-year-old Jackie Brucia at the Atlantic Automotive Group as a clerical worker in 2009, when she learned that Brucia was ill and needed a kidney transplant to survive. She told her that she had already found a family friend to be her donor, but then out of the goodness of her heart, Stevens said that she'd happily donate her kidney if the original donor fell through.
And I'm sure you can guess what happened next.
Jackie's donor didn't work out (well isn't that a coincidence), and she asked Debbie if she would still be willing to offer her kidney. She of course obliged -- but it turned out she wasn't a perfect match for Brucia in the organ donation department.
However, she still gave up her kidney, because it pushed Brucia up higher on the donation list, and ultimately, she had her transplant and her life was saved.
But then just a few days after Debbie returned to work, she went home sick due to the lingering effects of her heroic surgery. Jackie then called her at home and scolded her for taking sick time, and then she wound up being demoted. She was fired from the company shorty thereafter.
OMG. Is anyone else completely outraged over how horrible this is? How is it possible for someone to lose their job -- after giving their boss one of their organs?! Out of all the things a person can do that could potentially get them fired, I never would have guessed that doing something as incredible as offering a kidney would be on the list.
Debbie's lawyers are certain that Jackie set up the entire thing as a scam in order to get her kidney, and never had any intention of keeping Stevens around after the surgery. And if that's truly the case, then needing an organ transplant may not be the worst thing that Brucia has ever had to go through. Perhaps she should've thought about the consequences of her actions before doing something so heartless and self-centered. Hopefully in this case, karma will work in Debbie's favor from now on.
You can hear more about Debbie's story in the video clip below -- it certainly had the ladies on The View fired up!
Have you ever been fired from a job when you definitely did not deserve it?
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