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Single Mom Says She Was Fired from McDonald’s for Paying to Feed Firefighters OUT OF HER OWN POCKET! (Video)

After eight years on the job, a former manager at an Olean, New York McDonald’s is now seeking employment. Heather Levia, a single mother who was working two jobs while putting herself through nursing school, says that a good deed landed her in hot water with her employer.

When a number of local firefighters stopped into McDonald’s after putting out a house fire in sub-zero temperatures and ordered 25 breakfast sandwiches and has browns, Levia decided to show her appreciation for them. She pulled $83 out of her pocket and paid for the first responders’ meals.

Later, firefighters from another department stopped in to order another $70 worth of food. Since the restaurant routinely provides free meals to local police, Levia decided to check if the owner would be willing to pick up the tab for the firefighters. However, she found that while police deserve free meals in the eyes of her employer, firefighters do not command quite the same reverence.

When her boss said “no,” Levia called the corporate officer and received the same answer. Undeterred, Levia and her coworkers picked up the tab. When word got out that Levia had paid the tab, some firefighters called her boss to complain, under the assumption that the restaurant made the single mother pay for their meals.

Levia says she was told, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.” After her next shift, she was terminated — allegedly, for swearing at a superior. However, if Levia is telling the truth the most she said was “this is freaking ridiculous.”

Levia doesn’t regret her gesture of goodwill, no matter how much she hates the results.

“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.”

Tom Myers, the franchise owner, issued a statement denying that it holds firefighters in anything less than the highest regard and denying that Levia’s good deed had anything to do with her termination:

“The Meyers Organization has always valued the employees who serve our customers every day. We likewise continue to be an ardent supporter of our police and fire departments, along with other first responders. They are always welcome in our restaurants, and we will continue to support them in the future.

“We are aware that certain allegations have been made concerning the reasons for Heather Levia’s termination. Out of respect for Ms. Levia and her privacy, it would not be appropriate to comment in detail on the reasons she is no longer employed by our organization. Still, it should be pointed out that the allegations are absolutely not true. We would never penalize an employee for showing appropriate gratitude for the work of our firefighters.”

Levia is optimistic about moving on. She says she has received several job offers already.

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  • http://gravatar.com/xenubarb xenubarb

    Be funny if the firefighters had to come to this place because of a grease fire or something. I’m sure they’d be professional and do their jobs but, wouldn’t it put that clown Meyer on notice? I mean moreso than he already is…

  • Hooper

    Who cares? I certainly don’t. It’s Uncle Bobby’s position that misspelling a word on an internet chat site means your/you’re stupid. That’s his position and he has to live with it. Of course, you and he are so blind with hatred that you can’t even see that, based on his own self proclaimed position, he thinks you, all the other posters, the article writers, the editors, and the headline writers are stupid. That is his position, take it up with him.

  • Ian

    Karma would be a small grease fire. See how valued the fire fighters really are to that franchise owner. The great thing is, they would do their duty without second thought.

  • Robert Henriques

    It’s really frustrating. All you ass-hats out there who don’t even read the article. Because of your dumbass comment, we, I have to scroll through 10-20 comments correcting your STUPIDITY!

    SHE BOUGHT THE FOOD!!!!

  • Chub

    I guess you didn’t read the article…. She and her co-workers PAID for the meals themselves.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gregweaverindiana James Weaver

    Dear Mr. Meyers…….I call BULL SHIT on your comments. If it sounds like BS and smells like BS, it must be BS.

  • Eddie

    dI’m sorry, but I’m against the tea party and I don’t see the correlation here. She DID open up a can of worms. It’s not her place to give away her owner’s food nor make the owner look bad. I don’t see why your job should make you eligible for free food. I understand police because the restaurant has additional presence of officers. but are fire fighters eating for free going to deter fires from starting? it has nothing to do with appropriate love being shown to officers or other first responders. it’s just business!

    • Cis

      She didn’t give away the food, she paid for it. Food is paid for, plain and simple. The employer was wrong.

    • lapushka

      She paid out of her own pocket. It’s not like she stole anything.

    • Kim

      She didn’t give the food away, she paid for it herself rather than charge the firefighters in the first instance. In the second instance, according to the article, the staff chipped in to pay for the order. The franchise did not lose a dime. What the franchise lost was a compassionate employee, a deductible charitable expense, and good public relations.

    • https://www.facebook.com/bob.pineo.1 Bob Pineo

      Eddie, are you really that stupid, or is it an act?

    • Robert Henriques

      So Eddie. You made it to what, the third paragraph and just thought you got it all eh?

      Sucks to be you. No matter where you stand. Your stupid comment makes you look like a complete moron.

    • hw

      Did you not read the article?!? She (and her co-workers) paid for the food with their own money. No food was given away without proper compensation. A can of worms may have been opened up at the HQ level as to why fire fighters do not get the same privileges as policemen/women. But the fact(s) remain the same, the food was paid for by someone other than the owner/HQ.

  • J D

    What does this have to do with the Tea Party??

    • Brian

      Only the tea party would be this stupid, callous and uncaring.

      • https://www.facebook.com/michael.pacholski.5 Michael Pacholski

        everything has to be absolutely equal for everybody no matter what is classic liberalism. The fact that she paid for one group but not another is racist, sexist, classist, job-ist and every other ist liberals throw out. Hence, liberalism at its finest.

        • https://www.facebook.com/bob.pineo.1 Bob Pineo

          Hey Chuckles, read the article. Both groups were paid for. Geesh.

  • http://twitter.com/anoynamouse random mouse (@anoynamouse)

    Can someone explain to me why cops and fire fighters get free meal but not social works, medical staff, peace corp, etc…I never get this whole thing and how do you draw the line.

    I’ve got friends and family in uniform and they are just like you and me…some are heros and some are not. Some make good money and others do not…some are jerks and some are not.

    As a business owner when you bend the rules to much for “groups” rather then individuals it gets messy…as it did for this women. I’m sure there is more to this story and not the first time there was an issue. Most McD are owned by franchise owners…not a huge corporation. If they knew and liked her…I find this story somewhat unbelievable.

    • https://www.facebook.com/Devpsych Jeanna Preslar Handley

      I think it probably has something to do with police dining there they feel less likely to have robberies or people making scenes. I do not think it is an appreciation think but actually a perk for the business, plus they get to make out like they are doing a “good deed”.

    • Educated Veteran

      When was the last time a medical worker had to deal with a collapsing building or a nutcase with a gun? Peace Corps? Are you serious? If you had said military servicemembers, I would cut you some slack, but the peace corps does not go anywhere dangerous (no gunfire, and if there is any, they have a military escort). Social works? You mean like school guidance counsellors? Or do you mean census takers and tax collectors?

      The fact is police and firefighters put their lives on the line to help keep morons safe. You should be honored that they value your kind so much.

    • James

      I workers at a convienence store that provided free coffee to police officers in uniform to prevent crime.

  • Jim

    The only reason these companies give free food to the police is because they hope to keep them around their place of business longer in hopes that no trouble would start there then. I used to work at turkey hill and the police got free stuff but not the EMS or fire dept. but when I worked they all did, what the boss didn’t know never hurt him.

    • Kevin

      No, as a restaurant owner I can say it has nothing to do with security or wishing to avoid “trouble”… the simple fact is that people know that cops know where the good restaurants are (note: this applies to “family” restaurants like mine, fancy “fine dining” is a completely different matter!)- Having a handful of cop cars sitting in the parking lot is amazingly effective “word of mouth” advertising. Whenever we have a group of cops come in, the rest of the restaurant fills as if by magic.

  • Kevan Scott

    Troll much, Hooper?

  • Veteran

    Hooper, you should really learn how to read THE WHOLE STORY. She was fired because she wouldn’t get down on her knees and pray to corporate clown. Hopefully the firemen will never have to respond to a Mc Donalds on fire or to the greedy butt monkey franchise owners house.

    • Hooper

      From the article:

      Levia says she was told, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.” After her next shift, she was terminated — allegedly, for swearing at a superior.

  • https://www.facebook.com/NorwoodWiccan Samantha Tully

    I hope that restaurant burns to the ground and the firefighters are late getting there!

  • https://www.facebook.com/betty.turtledove Betty Turtledove

    Whatever job offer she accepts, it will be better than McDonald’s.

  • Mike Ess

    Response for Tom Meyers: Bullshit!

    • https://www.facebook.com/gregweaverindiana James Weaver

      AMEN!

  • Jerry Casey

    Stop eating at McDonalds for a while. Show them we believe the employer.

    • Rick Kitchen

      It’s ONE particular ownership, not the entire company.

      • https://www.facebook.com/zzzzzzzzzzAlizzzzzzzzzzz Alison White

        Actually it states that Levia rang the head office – so, it IS the entire company…

        • James

          The head office would never give an employee to give food to anyone at a franchise. The corporate office would only give permission at a corporate store.

  • Woodstockgurl

    If the McDonald’s owner holds our emergency responders in such high esteem, why didn’t he show “appropriate gratitude for the work of our firefighters.”??? Whatever the circumstances of her termination, Mickey D’s should have picked up the tab for these local heroes, not an underpaid employee.

  • Hooper

    So she was fired for mouthing off at her boss, not for paying for the meals. So you’ve lied again.

    By the way, Uncle Bob, your AATTP comrade, thinks your stupid.

    • https://www.facebook.com/michael.moerland Michael Moerland

      The only way I would believe she was fired for swearing at her boss is if she had a history of doing so. If she never has in 8 years of employment, I doubt that is the case here. It is just too coincidental that this would happen immediately after she made her bosses look bad.

    • Levi

      Lemme guess, you stopped reading at the line describing the blame being solely on the single-mother for mouthing off, rather than continue to read in which it is described she called the situation ridiculous?

      Why does this not surprise me that you would support the corporation and attack the article? Honestly, you give 100% confidence in the corporation while immediately dismissing her claims as illegitimate. This results in the only available reasoning being, you LOOKED for a reason to negate the article.

      Perhaps you should pull your head from your sphincter, breathe in oxygen, and then reattempt to integrate into society instead of being a troll bent on insulting someone who both acknowledged credibility being faith based in both the single-mom and company’s statements. You sir/madame, are disgraceful in your response to legitimate discourse and should be removed from any public forum outside of Fox News.

      • Hooper

        It shouldn’t surprise you because AATTP consistently and constantly lies – and when it isn’t doing that, it doesn’t bother to do any fact-checking. Nonetheless, let’s assume that all she said was “freaking”, that certainly can be enough to fire her. There may be other circumstances of which we are not aware.

        Moving on, this a franchise, and its day to day operations have little to do with the corporation, McDonald’s certainly has no say in who is fired. But in your zeal to appear anti-corporatist, you won’t consider facts. Of course, you only want to APPEAR to be anti-corporatist, when in fact you support the biggest corporatist one can possibly imagine.

        But that wasn’t even my point. I’ll make it clear for you. AATTP is lying. No reasonable person can read this article and conclude that the woman was fired for paying for the meals. Yet, AATTP’s headline would have you believe exactly that.

        • https://www.facebook.com/gregweaverindiana James Weaver

          You need to back off of the tea. It is rotting what used to be your brain.

        • https://www.facebook.com/michael.ryland.14 Michael Ryland

          Hooper, if AATTP is so awful, why are you here? Stick with World Net Daily so you can hang out with the rest of the tinfoil hatters.

      • http://twitter.com/fish1552 Thomas Fisher (@fish1552)

        And the insulting replies to each other show the ignorance of both the Conservatives and Liberals on this site.

    • Mike

      I normally detest grammar Nazis as everyone misspells a word or makes a typo from time to time. However, I think it says something about a person’s intelligence when they don’t know the simple difference between “your” and “you’re”. Keep trollin’ bro.

      • Hooper

        Your/you’re self recrimination is noted.

    • http://gravatar.com/31forever 31forever

      Hey Hooper: does “Uncle Bob” also weep at your inability to spell?

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