HEATHER LEVIA FIRED, A MCDONALD’S worker picked up the bill when some first responders came in after fighting a fire in freezing temperatures. But when she came into work the next day she was fired. Heather Levia, 23, from Olean, New York, has worked at McDonald’s for eight years, has twins at home and is putting herself through nursing school.
She says she knows what it is like to work hard. So when the firefighters came in and ordered 25 breakfast sandwiches and hash browns, Ms Levia paid the $US83 ($92) bill herself.
When a second department ordered $US70 of food, Ms Levia texted her boss to see if the company would pat the tab. But when her boss said no, Ms Levia and other workers again picked up the bill.
“Just because I appreciate everything they do,” she told WIVB.
After the firefighters found out that Ms Levia had paid for the food herself, some firefighters called her boss and complained.
“You opened a whole bee’s nest,” she was told.
Goodwill … Heather Levia says she was fired from McDonald’s, where she had worked for 8 years, after giving first responders free food.
At her next shiftshe was fired. She says the reason given was she swore at a superior — something she denies.
“I did say this is ‘freaking’ ridiculous. But it was not implied to anybody,” she said.
Allegany firefighters say they don’t expect free food and were grateful for the gesture.
“We certainly regret the fact she lost her job. We can’t speak on corporate policy because we don’t know the background of it,” said Allegany Fire Media Officer Gordon Scott. “It was a sad affair because a gentleman lost a home. And it’s even worse because we know now that this gal apparently lost her job because of it.”
Ms Levia, who has already been offered two other jobs in the community, said she felt sad that people can’t help each other out.
“It’s just wrong. I wish the communities would change and help each other out. I wish that things didn’t have to be the way they are. And if losing my job is going to speak out to the community, then that’s what it’s going to do.”