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Cracker Barrel Fires 73-Year-Old Vet Who Gave Muffin to Needy Man
Fox News Insider ^ | June 29, 2014 | Fox News Insider

Posted on 06/29/2014 7:14:21 PM PDT by lbryce

Edited on 06/29/2014 7:35:25 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

A 73-year-old Vietnam veteranís act of kindness violated company policy and got him fired from his job at Cracker Barrel in Florida.

Joe Koblenzer said a needy man approached the host station and asked for some mayonnaise and tartar sauce because he said he was going to make fish. Koblenzer obliged him the request and gave him a corn muffin, too.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: fired; muffinman; severalthreads; theft
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I guess, with this economy it would be too much to expect the job to go on remaining unfilled.But it would be nice.
1 posted on 06/29/2014 7:14:21 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

It wasn’t his muffin to give


2 posted on 06/29/2014 7:15:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: lbryce

They had problems with him for years, and what does being a vet have to do with it?


3 posted on 06/29/2014 7:16:14 PM PDT by ansel12 (( Rand Paul---What a tragedy if America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.)
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To: lbryce

I’m traveling and won’t be spending my money at Cracker Barrel


4 posted on 06/29/2014 7:17:22 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: lbryce
My first job when I was 16 was working at McDonald's and one of my "friends" came to my counter and begged me to give him a couple of hamburgers and not ring it up. I took some money out of my own pocket and paid for it for him. I was only 16 and I knew that was the proper way to do it.

All these generous people saying "But it was only a biscuit" have obviously never been in a retail business dealing with shrinkage. The biggest danger to your bottom line is product that disappears. Somebody who is dishonest in small things can be dishonest a LOT in small things.

5 posted on 06/29/2014 7:19:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: ansel12

Not a thing. Thank you.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 7:20:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: lbryce

I won’t be eating there ever again


7 posted on 06/29/2014 7:26:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Dacula

Why? Because of this? The man was warned repeatedly and reminded repeatedly about the policy. If they gave free food to everyone that was homeless or had a hard luck story, paying customers wouldn’t be able to get in the door.

IMO Cracker Barrel did nothing wrong and the article pulling in this guy’s vet status is nothing more than a sympathy ploy. Vet or no vet, 73 or 18, he disobeyed the policy.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 7:27:00 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; lbryce

Thank you both on asking the question what being a vet has to do with what this guy did.

I get so sick and tired of new stories that say “He killed 12 people, stole billions and raped 2000..” then add. “Jones had once been in the army/marines” etc.

The fact the person was in or is in the military is only mentioned to paint veterans and active duty people as baby killers (etc) by the slimy media scum like they did to Vietnam vets.


9 posted on 06/29/2014 7:28:09 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: lbryce

What does being a vet have to do with anything? The guy was stealing, and he attracting homeless, non-paying riffraff that would displace and repel paying customers.

The manager was wise, and withing his rights.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 7:29:08 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: lbryce

The guy was warned about giving away food 5 times before he was fired. In my book that’s about 3 warnings more than he should have gotten. If he was so concerned about feeding other people with food that didn’t belong to him he should have bought the food first.

And by the way, what does the fact that he’s a veteran have to do with anything?


11 posted on 06/29/2014 7:29:29 PM PDT by pgkdan (ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE ANTICHRIST!)
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To: Nifster

“I won’t be eating there ever again”

Good, so I won’t have to wait in line to get in next time.

Vietnam Vet


12 posted on 06/29/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: lbryce

Theft by any means is still theft ... should have paid for it then given it to him ... but yes, it was a bit extreme of his boss.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: pgkdan

Just to remind the usual Scrooges here, we’re talking about packets of mayonnaise and a couple of lousy CB muffins. We are not talking about free meals, free steaks, etc. Or a free bottle of gin.


14 posted on 06/29/2014 7:38:11 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: lbryce

BTW - in 0bozo’s only paid job he gave away ice cream to some street kids - he stole just as he’s stealing in the presidency - never learned that theft is against the law.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 7:38:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Nifster

read the story not just the misleading header


16 posted on 06/29/2014 7:39:20 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I have been following this story for some time....my comment stands


17 posted on 06/29/2014 7:41:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: wetgundog

enjoy yourself


18 posted on 06/29/2014 7:41:36 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: leapfrog0202

So it wasn’t his first time? That explains it

If he had been told repeatedly not to do it...and continued...CB has every reason to fire him

Not only its loss of inventory and money...in some areas it could be considered a health code violation


19 posted on 06/29/2014 7:43:29 PM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Hollywood...Washington DC for pretty people)
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To: lbryce

Charity is NOT giving away other people’s stuff.


20 posted on 06/29/2014 7:47:37 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (There's only one reason for authorities to take the arms of good people.)
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To: Nifster

never been an owner or manager obviosly


21 posted on 06/29/2014 7:48:38 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

Suppose the Pope doesn’t agree?


22 posted on 06/29/2014 7:50:22 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Blue Collar Christian

When I go to my local Chinese takeout and I ask for an extra packet of soy sauce and the guy at the desk (not the owner) puts several in my brown paper bag, should he be fired?


23 posted on 06/29/2014 7:54:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

When I worked for McDonalds, at closing we had to throw away 15-20 lb trash bags of food. Closers were not allowed to take any home or risk being fired.


24 posted on 06/29/2014 8:02:19 PM PDT by Lynn
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To: C. Edmund Wright

My husband runs a restaurant and he thinks the management was complete overkill. And his restaurant is a hellava lot better than the awful Cracker Barrel.


25 posted on 06/29/2014 8:02:25 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Lynn

If Mickey D’s gave it to a shelter and somebody got sick they’d get sued.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 8:08:01 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Well, of course they’d get sued. That’s the problem with insane regulations that force good people to throw out decent food that can be given to homeless shelters or even an animal shelter. The destruction of good food by restaurants in this country is a national embarrassment.


27 posted on 06/29/2014 8:11:21 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
Back on yet another thread on this topic, defending the indefensible.

God save us all from your twisted version of compassion.

28 posted on 06/29/2014 8:15:10 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: DisorderOnBorder

It said he’d been written up 5 times. I wouldn’t have waited for 5 if I’d been the manager. They must have liked him as a server to give him so many chances.


29 posted on 06/29/2014 8:18:35 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: miss marmelstein

“The destruction of good food by restaurants in this country is a national embarrassment.”

Without a doubt.

I do understand the legal liability but that doesn’t mitigate the loss of good food when people need it. I guess it is a protection mechanism by the restaurants. I get it.

I do wonder if Cracker Barrel has a food allowance provision for their employees. That dastardly muffin could have been part of his daily allowance.


30 posted on 06/29/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT by berdie
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To: lbryce; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Maybe we aren’t getting the full story.

Perhaps he only gave the homeless guy a stump.


31 posted on 06/29/2014 8:22:32 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Just to remind the usual Scrooges here, we’re talking about packets of mayonnaise and a couple of lousy CB muffins. We are not talking about free meals, free steaks, etc. Or a free bottle of gin.

Cracker Barrel margins (~4.4%) are lower than Walmart margins. Except unlike Walmart, they have fewer units over which they can defray their expenses. Attracting hoboes into an eating establishment does have the unfortunate effect of turning off paying customers.

32 posted on 06/29/2014 8:24:18 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Just where are all these hoboes that everyone keeps talking about? You know, the ones lining up for the mayonnaise. Most Cracker Barrels as far as I know (and please correct me if I’m wrong) are out on highways, freeways, turnpikes, etc. I can generally see those nauseating billboards driving long distances. This is not generally the area where homeless people congregate.


33 posted on 06/29/2014 8:29:29 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: berdie

The guy got in trouble for taking a sip of Coke! 30 lashes with a wet noodle as Ann Landers used to say. Most of these fast food joints are complete skinflints when it comes to even giving an employee a drink of water. They give you those tiny, collapsible paper cups that fill about a thimble full of water. It’s impossible to wash down the mayonnaise on that small a quantity.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: sarasmom

Um...I guess you’re on the same threads that I’m on. Free Speech for Thee but Not for Me? Yes, I’m pretty twisted, we all agree.


35 posted on 06/29/2014 8:36:50 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

He is probably doing what he was told by the management, and that is why the packets are there. You bought the meal from the restaurant and are a paying customer. What you are comparing is not even remotely similar to what this fellow did.

I own my own business, and if my employees see fit to give away MY product, services or supplies, they have to pay me for them, or they will be fired for stealing.

Politicians generously give free stuff that isn’t theirs to win votes from people that don’t understand or care that anything given away for free had to be taken away from someone else.

If a person wants to be charitable, he needs to use his own resources, be it time, money, property, etc.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 8:49:46 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (There's only one reason for authorities to take the arms of good people.)
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To: lbryce

A business can’t keep employees who get caught with their hands in the till.


37 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: miss marmelstein

It would depend on what his employer has instructed him to do.


38 posted on 06/29/2014 8:52:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: lbryce
Cracker Barrel Fires . . . Vet

The guy was a vet. Like John Kerry?

39 posted on 06/29/2014 8:53:03 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: jjotto
Suppose the Pope doesn’t agree?

Then he was mis-translated or taken out of context.

40 posted on 06/29/2014 8:54:08 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Suppose he’s never been informed of the rule? I’ll tell you, I worked retail last Christmas and I wasn’t trained in any of the “rules” until I broke them.

So, he doesn’t know the rules and he put some extra soy sauce in my bag. Should he be fired? (This question is general and not meant to be demanding!)


41 posted on 06/29/2014 8:58:44 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: lbryce

If he wanted to give away muffins then maybe he should have saved up his money and bought his own muffin shop. Cracker barrel doesn’t owe anyone ANY free muffins.

Why is this even questioned?


42 posted on 06/29/2014 8:59:33 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: GeronL

Does he live on Drury Lane?


43 posted on 06/29/2014 9:00:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Nifster

You support theft?


44 posted on 06/29/2014 9:01:46 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Blue Collar Christian

I think you’re assuming he’s been told by management but I don’t know that and neither do you. And it’s very similar - ya know, restaurant, employees, packets of soy and mayo. And how many of us have taken more sugar from a Dunkin Donuts than we absolutely needed? That’s theft as well.


45 posted on 06/29/2014 9:03:04 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: jjotto

Never been a fan of any Pope, so I guess his opinion only matters in that it effects the thinking of so many other people, whose opinions of me do not matter to me.


46 posted on 06/29/2014 9:05:50 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (There's only one reason for authorities to take the arms of good people.)
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To: miss marmelstein

It’s not his stuff to give away. He didn’t pay for it and the company did pay for it.

Kinda’ reminds me of ‘well they are only crossing our borders because they are poor and hungry and seeking to better their lives’. Where does it all end?


47 posted on 06/29/2014 9:07:03 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: jjotto

Suppose I couldn’t care less what the pope thinks.


48 posted on 06/29/2014 9:09:01 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Bullish

You guys are all so ludicrously over-the-top. The niggling, hysterical horror at some guy giving out a couple of muffins is tantamount to our border being overrun, the end of Western Civilization as We Know It and the slave trade. Geez Louise, it’s ridiculous.


49 posted on 06/29/2014 9:11:10 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: ansel12

“They had problems with him for years, and what does being a vet have to do with it?”

Yeah; just read what he did. They should have just shot him!

“Koblenzer admitted he had two other infractions. He said he once had a sip of Coke, which is against the rules. Another time, a woman requested a cup of coffee to-go after her table had already been cleared, and Koblenzer didn’t charge her for it.”


50 posted on 06/29/2014 9:12:46 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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