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McDonald’s worker fired after paying for food donation (to local firefighters)
WIVB.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Lou Raguse

Posted on 02/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST by Timber Rattler

Heather Levia wanted to help first responders by giving them a warm meal on a cold day, but when she showed up to work the next morning she no longer had a job.

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When word spread that Levia paid the bill, some firefighters called her boss and complained, thinking the restaurant made Levia feel obligated to pay for their meals.

Levia says after that, her boss told her, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: firefighter; heatherlevia; mcdonalds
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My guess is that there's more going on between this woman and her boss than is being reported, but regardless, the boss acted stupidly. Expect Mickey-D's to backtrack quickly.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 12:40:33 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

It’s jackasses like this boss that give companies a bad name.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 12:44:26 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Make stupid decisions?
Can’t get along with people?
No common sense?

You (not you) might just be management material in the good ole’ USA!


3 posted on 02/20/2014 12:45:58 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Timber Rattler

Actually, to my mind (and one that has had the opportunity to work for them between ages 14 and 17), giving the first-responders a free meal there wasn’t actually all that laudable and act.

In my opinion, most of their food is little more than the cardboard they wrap it in except for color and consistency and being warm (sometimes).


4 posted on 02/20/2014 12:46:30 PM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Timber Rattler

Finish this sentence:

“No good deed goes ________.”


5 posted on 02/20/2014 12:46:57 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Timber Rattler

She’ll get a better job with better pay somewhere else. Not to worry!


6 posted on 02/20/2014 12:47:15 PM PST by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yes, yes, I have many, many experiences to back that up. Decades worth of them.

BUT, occasionally, there is the rare bright spot. It keeps me going.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 12:48:13 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Timber Rattler
Levia says after that, her boss told her, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.”

No, she stepped on a can of hornets.
8 posted on 02/20/2014 12:48:23 PM PST by needmorePaine
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To: Timber Rattler

What I heard this morning was she was fired for mouthing off to her supervisor


9 posted on 02/20/2014 12:48:57 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Why did those firefighters allow this minimum wager to pay for their meals???

They should have thanked her for the gesture and paid for their own meals themselves as they make a lot more money than she does anyway.


10 posted on 02/20/2014 12:49:06 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: txrefugee

One of the best bosses I ever had was my manager when I worked at McD’s, and one of the worst bosses I ever had was my manager when I worked at McD’s.

You find good and bad everywhere, in my experience.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 12:49:43 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: Timber Rattler
McDonald’s FIRES Young Mom Over Free Firefighter Meals
Heather Levia


Read more: http://thecount.com/2014/02/19/mcdonalds-fires-young-mom-over-free-firefighter-meals/heather-levia/

12 posted on 02/20/2014 12:51:53 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Timber Rattler

if all the appropriate facts are as reported

both some of the firefighters and the boss acted stupidly and rashly

it seems some of the firefighters and the boss did not wait to find out what all the facts were

the boss could have found out that the wrong assumption some of the firefighers had about why the lady paid the bill came from the firefighters themselves, not the McDonalds employee

had he done that first, he would have admitted that the worker did not bring the heat on him; some of the firefighters did that and for it his worker deserved an apoligy from the firefighters not a firing from him

agreed, the sums are not representative of a good practice such an employee should be in the habit of making

however, correcting that only requires a reprimand for their misplaced good intentions, not loss of their job


13 posted on 02/20/2014 12:52:41 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Timber Rattler

I guess by firing her, the boss has opened a bee’s nest...


14 posted on 02/20/2014 12:53:07 PM PST by Homer1
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To: Uncle Chip
Why did those firefighters allow this minimum wager to pay for their meals??? They should have thanked her for the gesture and paid for their own meals themselves as they make a lot more money than she does anyway.

I was thinking the same thing. Unless things are different where these folks live, most public safety workers have lavish salaries, pensions and other benefits. Absolutely insane how many low-earning private sector folks seem to view cops and firefighters as in need of their charity.
15 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:10 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: Gaffer

Being an ex wildland fire fighter...food is food. Better than the CRations or MREs.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:47 PM PST by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: Timber Rattler

Yeah? I totally see why.

She went over her boss’s head and called the corporate office to try to get his decision overturned to give out a free meal. Doesnt matter whom it was going to and why, she seems to have a bit of a big head on her. When her told her no, she was not asked what her opinion of the decision was.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:52 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Timber Rattler

Read the last two paragraphs of the article. The franchisee does a great job of slimy PR.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 12:55:47 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: F15Eagle
What you said is true. My first job out of college was as a manager trainee in retail. I put up with a lot more jerks in management than at the worker level.

One one of my last days after I had located my next position and given them notice, I was bossing people around and acting like a general pr*ck because I had nothing to lose and just felt like it.

One of the managers told me "I didn't know you had it in you to be such an a**hole. You should have stayed in this profession, you're so good at it."

19 posted on 02/20/2014 12:56:01 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Timber Rattler

McDonalds fired the wrong person.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 12:56:39 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: irishjuggler

After she asked her boss, and he said no, then she could have just taken up a collection from staff to buy a gift certificate to them and mail it with a note of thanks if she felt such a need to do this.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 12:56:58 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Timber Rattler
Levia says after that, her boss told her, “You opened a whole bee’s nest.”

He got that right. He'd better prepare for Hell on Earth....

22 posted on 02/20/2014 1:00:02 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Timber Rattler

I’m not quite tracking the story - why exactly did some firefighters complain?


23 posted on 02/20/2014 1:04:03 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: irishjuggler

I was thinking the same thing. Unless things are different where these folks live, most public safety workers have lavish salaries, pensions and other benefits. Absolutely insane how many low-earning private sector folks seem to view cops and firefighters as in need of their charity.

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WIVB is a Buffalo station, and I quickly googled firefighter pay in Buffalo - less than 60K a year on average.

Does that sound lavish to you?

And perhaps it’s not charity being given, but appreciation for the job they do?

Absolutely insane how many people find fault with a kind gesture.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 1:04:49 PM PST by dmz
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To: Arm_Bears
One of the best bosses I ever had was my manager when I worked at McD’s, and one of the worst bosses I ever had was my manager when I worked at McD’s.

I resembled that! Many years ago we gave police officers free coffee, the Police Dept. asked us to stop because they felt it looked inappropriate. I think it's good business to have police around, keeps the riff raff away.

25 posted on 02/20/2014 1:04:53 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Timber Rattler

A McDonald’s employee paid for a meal for members of the rich, socialist political class? Maybe she’ll learn from that mistake. If not, she’ll learn, when she has to pay an “impact fee” (extortion) to local firegangsters before being allowed to live on her own property.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 1:05:48 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Why do people feel that police and fire deserve a free ride? They are paid, often generously, with our tax dollars and have good pensions. Their contribution to society is not any greater than anyone elses. Try living without the garbage collector or the sewage workers. They are significantly more important than police and fire. Were we up to our butts in garbage and sewage, fore and police protection wouldn’t matter so much. Where would we be without the grocer and farmer? The list goes on.

I had a friend who was a cop in Spanish Harlem; armpit of the universe. He refused even a free newspaper or soda. He insisted that it starts small. Soon it is meals, then larger items, then you might be inclined to look the other way for a price. He is correct. Furthermore, he noted, it gives you a sense of entitlement and you grow to expect more and more preferential treatment.

She was silly to do what she did. She was silly to believe that McD’s should feed public servants for free. McD’s was silly to fire her. I guess the whole thing was silly.


27 posted on 02/20/2014 1:06:16 PM PST by rey
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To: Timber Rattler

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/heather-levia-fired-verge-getting-fired-last-month/

She was apparently already looking for another job.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 1:07:12 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Timber Rattler
They're getting scorched for this on FB. All negative comments, coming in at a rate of about one per minute.

Linky.

29 posted on 02/20/2014 1:08:17 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: dennisw

Not guilty.


30 posted on 02/20/2014 1:08:33 PM PST by GrootheWanderer
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To: VanDeKoik

Yep —

She just wanted to suck up to the fire department at McD’s
expense and when told NO she went over her boss’s head and NO again she leaned on other employees there to do it anyway at their expense.

I think she’s too stupid or too stubborn or too incorrigible for even McDees.

They were right to fire her.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 1:08:58 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: VanDeKoik

I can’t be sure but this is a carbon copy if not the girl who lived across the street from me for a few years. Right age, looks just like her.

Who knows how many name changes she has acquired over the past 10 years but 2 kids, not married fits the profile. If it is her, she was “special” as a young teen. Smart Ass, know it all, gonna fix the world and wanted someone else to pay for it. If it is her, Iam suprised she actually held a job for that long.

Lemme put it this way, In 10 years she could be the next Abortion Barbie.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 1:09:49 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: dennisw

I’d offer her a job!


33 posted on 02/20/2014 1:10:14 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: rockrr

They saw that she paid for it out of her own pocket, and thought she had been pressured by the restaurant to do that. Really, the firefighters may have messed up on this one.


34 posted on 02/20/2014 1:10:28 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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She can’t be too hard off then if she can afford to pay for their meals.

I CAN’T EVEN BUY MY OWN DAM MCD’S.

Let’s have a pity party for her now.


35 posted on 02/20/2014 1:10:59 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Uncle Chip
Why did those firefighters allow this minimum wager to pay for their meals???

In the article, it says that the firefighters thought that it was the company providing the food.

In the article, it says that they only learned that SHE paid for it later.

In the article, it says that they called up the boss and complained to him, because they thought the boss had made her pay for it.

Does that clear it up?

36 posted on 02/20/2014 1:12:06 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Timber Rattler
I think this girl was very generous to pay for the firefighters meal the first time.

But she should not have expected her employer to pick up the tab for her continued generosity.

Because she wanted to use ANOTHER persons money for her feel-good antics, this McDonalds got bad press for it.

37 posted on 02/20/2014 1:12:54 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: Uncle Chip

I don’t know about all of that, but she did a pretty good job of schmoozing the press.


38 posted on 02/20/2014 1:13:21 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Gaffer
giving the first-responders a free meal there wasn’t actually all that laudable and act.

I live in S.E. Michigan and play senior softball with a retired Warren firefighter whose retirement pay is $90K per year.........

That's all I'm going to say about that............

39 posted on 02/20/2014 1:13:43 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Timber Rattler

It will be interesting later if the boss is in the hospital and the young lady is his nurse.


40 posted on 02/20/2014 1:14:29 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
They're getting scorched for this on FB.

It shows the mindset of the FB crowd -- they can't think past their Obamaphones.

She wanted to do good at company expense and that good turns out to be buying meals for public employees who are overpaid and underworked anyway -- not for the real poor and underprivileged.

41 posted on 02/20/2014 1:15:19 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: dennisw

Yikes.


42 posted on 02/20/2014 1:17:00 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: dmz
Well, even at $60K, they're doing better than the typical McDonald's worker. But where I come from, most of the cops and firefighters are topping $150K per year, not even factoring in their lavish pension benefits to come. Don't believe me? Type 'fire' or 'police' into the dept field this database:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/databases
43 posted on 02/20/2014 1:21:24 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: bicyclerepair

She can’t be too hard off then if she can afford to pay for their meals.

I CAN’T EVEN BUY MY OWN DAM MCD’S.

Let’s have a pity party for her now.


44 posted on 02/20/2014 1:22:09 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Uncle Chip

Doing good with other peoples’ money is the name of the game these days. But I agree with your assessment of the comments on their FB page. You are, however, using a pretty broad brush when you talk about “the FB crowd.”

I read it, didn’t I? You and I have conversed quite a bit over the past couple of years, Uncle. Do I strike you as deficient?

Something is screwy about this story. Mickey Dee’s has some clean-up to do, regardless of the facts on the ground. That’s how these things go.


45 posted on 02/20/2014 1:24:04 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Timber Rattler
If the uLEO's are getting free food from McDonalds, they should be required to report the food as income on their income tax. You know, Enforce the Law.
46 posted on 02/20/2014 1:29:24 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Uncle Chip

I would think the city would be paying for their meals.

Years ago a cop told me he stopped a girl for speeding. She was in her McDonald’s uniform. The first words out of her mouth were “You know we give you free hamburgers.”

The words out of his mouth were not what she wanted to hear. “I’ve never accepted anything free from McDonald’s. You’re getting a ticket.”


47 posted on 02/20/2014 1:31:24 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: irishjuggler

I don’t care what they make because that’s not even remotely the issue.

You are taking issue with a kind gesture having been made. That’s just weird.


48 posted on 02/20/2014 1:33:25 PM PST by dmz
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’ve got news for us all here after looking at that picture of her.

She was just trying to get noticed by the firefighters in hopes of landing a firefighter for a husband.

I’ll bet she will be dating one before the week is out.


49 posted on 02/20/2014 1:33:42 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Timber Rattler

No one seems to have noticed that this started because the local fire department employees (union) complained that they did not get free food also. The lady wanted to do a nice thing but if the union does not get its feebies then they . . .

Management just doesn’t want controversie. Could have handled it a lot better by just saying that an employee was acting on her own on her own time.

The real cuprits are the fire fighters.


50 posted on 02/20/2014 1:35:32 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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