David Bowers, of Gaylord, Michigan thought he was doing the right thing last month when he left his post as a greeter in a Meijer store to assist a customer who said that the dashboard in his truck was on fire in the parking lot. His boss thought otherwise.
Bowers was called into the store director’s office and informed that he was on suspension for having violated store policy. Bowers said, “The one supervisor told me that my heart was in the right place, but my brain wasn’t.” He was later fired for his good deed.
Speaking to television station WPBN Bowers said, “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.” He said that he thought he was doing the right thing, helping someone in need, and that he was not aware that when he grabbed the fire extinguisher and followed the man out to help him he was violating store policy.
Representatives for the store said that they could not comment on personnel matters but the store did release a statement that said:
“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.”
Ken Kuzon, the man whose truck was severely damaged but saved says that he doesn’t understand why Bowers lost his job for being a good Samaritan, “My truck would’ve been completely burned that fire was going,” he said, adding, “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.”
Watch the report from WPBN in the video below.