Skip to comments.Cracker Barrel Fires Veteran Over A Muffin
Posted on 06/28/2014 9:20:47 AM PDT by BulletBobCoEdited on 06/28/2014 9:28:34 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
VENICE, FL (CNN) " A 73-year-old veteran says he was fired from a Cracker Barrel restaurant for giving a needy man a few condiment packets and a corn muffin.
He admits it was against the restaurants rules, but says he thinks it was the right thing to do.
(Excerpt) Read more at fox17.com ...
This is the same thing as Congress giving free stuff from taxpayer dollars to people they feel sorry for.
And throw in the fact that people like McCain.. may have served honorably at one time.. but that shouldn’t give them a free pass....
Cracker Barrel facebook page is getting scorched over this.
He should have paid for the items,then given them to the poor guy.However,I think I’ll just avoid Cracker Barrel for a couple years.
If he was so moved, why didn’t he spend his own money to buy the food instead of stealing it?
Whoever wrote this story is unfamiliar with the use of the apostrophe. A quick glance shows three—there may be more— instances of “its” when “it’s” (the contraction of “it” and “is”) is indicated. Then, I see a “hes” (which is not a word—in place of “he’s”) and “dont” instead of “don’t.”
Don’t they teach English anymore?
If they wrote him up for getting himself a fountain drink on the job, they must be AWFUL to work for. Heck, when I was a kid working at Pizza Hut, we could have whatever we wanted on the job except beer.
During the time he was employed, he violated the company's policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions.
Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company's policies and the consequences associated with violating them.
Cracker Barrel doesn't deserve any criticism for this. It's nice that the guy wanted to be helpful and generous to people in need, but he shouldn't be doing that on his employer's dime. If he was truly generous then he should have paid for these things out of his own pocket.
Spanglish is the latest...Get with it! Transformation is occurring in front of your eyes.
Then why did he make a point to let people know why he was fired?
Vet or not he broke company policy, and the law, on more then one occasion. CB is not in the business to give out free food to every person that walks in the door.
I am not heartless, I am just tired of the entitlement culture we are nurturing in this country.
I hear ya. When I went through it I figured something was cut and pasted or transcribed, and the apostrophes simply didn’t show up.
Sorry but I am on Cracker’s side. Compassion is good but when word gets out to every other homeless person they will get free stuff they will keep on coming. They have a business to run.
Agreed. He did it repeatedly, he did it in spite of repeated warnings not to do it, and he did it on the company’s dime instead of his own.
This seems clear to me.
FR getting more Dickensian than ever, lol!
Right — which means he wasn’t fired over a corn muffin. He was fired for stealing (possibly as many as five times).
Generosity with someone else’s money is not generosity, it’s theft. I’m on Crackerbarrel’s side in this.
May I have some gruel, please. *snickering*
Geez, Louise! The guy gave away a couple of mayonnaise packets. In NYC, they hand out tons of sugar packets with one lousy cup of coffee. My dear grandfather used to save them and bring them to our house - hundreds of those things, lol.
I wonder how many corn muffins they throw away on any given day.
Well, I would like to know the whole story. Perhaps if the former employee were a little more discrete, such as, putting the probably returned muffins into a marked bag on top of the dumpster.
I suspect the nanny state makes it difficult for a restaurant to turn over left overs.
Everyone scorched Starbucks when they charged $130 to firemen for bottled water to trauma patients during 911. I guess it depends on the situation as to what a company allows or not allow.
No, they don't. Restaurants aren't in the business of giving away food for free and it sounds like it's been an ongoing problem with this employee. In fact, it sounds like Cracker Barrel has generously given him many opportunities to correct his behavior.
I save condiment packages for the chirren at Halloween.....because I’m a cheap bastid.
I had forgotten that - did that really happen? I must say the Facebook remarks about this CB incident are hilarious. I always hated that place - the fake bonhomie, the fake Americana food - bleech!
Looks like they fired him over a theft.
He gave away a couple of muffins and a mayonnaise packet, lol. This hardly constitutes grand larceny - except to the Scrooges at FR.
Where is the Justice Dept, the very idea that a Restaurant can use a RACIST DEROGATORY TERM LIKE CRACKER is offensive and hurtful to White People, they should be SHUT DOWN tomorrow.
Furthermore, what does being a 73-year old veteran have anything to do with this story? Sounds like a deliberate attempt to make the fired employee look like a victim of mean ol' Cracker Barrel.
Sorry, but Fox News is just as much garbage as the rest of them.
I don’t know anything about Cracker Barrel-never been there-but haven’t they been painted as mean-spirited before this?
Let's look at the positive side of this, though. Now that he's no longer employed at Cracker Barrel, he can show up at Cracker Barrel every day and buy all the corn muffins he wants to give away to homeless people ... and I'm sure the company would be very accommodating, too.
Just posted this on their site (or TRIED to):
This Vietnam era AF vet really APPRECIATES that your store in VENICE, FLORIDA fired a 73 year-old VET for giving a HOMELESS MAN A MUFFIN AND A PACKET OF CONDIMENTS.
Until this is corrected and the vet rehired, we shall remain FORMER CRACKER BARREL CUSTOMERS AND WILL SHARE THIS STORY WITH SEVERAL MILLION INTERNET FRIENDS.
(Any guesses how long this post will stay up? It will be measured in NANOSECONDS!)
What difference does it make (to Fox17) that the person fired was a veteran? Veterans are not little gods, and the employee’s prior military service played no part in this news story. To a nation of ignorant sheep, “veterans” are becoming a do-no-wrong special class above other citizens, just as “law enforcement” has already become. This is not a good thing for our republic.
It might have taken a hard-ass edge off the image of the restaurant
chain if they explained that charitable giving is something they do
at the management or corporate level and the employees are all
made aware of that fact. Still, I wonder if the employee in question
might have been placed on probation or suspended as a consequence
instead of being terminated.
I’ve got soy/duck sauce galore!
After being warned repeatedly to knock it off. That he wasn't fired the first time he was caught giving away free food shows great restraint of Cracker Barrel's part.
And we're all Scrooges because we support Cracker Barrel? Have you ever tried running a restaurant? It's one of the hardest jobs out there. See how long you stay in business if your employees are giving away stuff for free.
Nope! It is part and parcel of dumbing down.
I taught English 40 years ago and it was a hassle even then. More so now.
I guess the nurse that refused to give CPR to someone due to policy did the right thing. She was flamed over this.
I want some more!
When I go into Dunkin Donuts, I grab a couple of extra packets of Splenda. I suppose it’s stealing but no one has ever stopped me (I mean I’m talking about taking three when one would do) because most American companies are very generous. It’s what I love about America.
If the vet had been giving out meat dishes, I would have a problem. But a corn muffin and a mayonnaise packet?
Cracker Barrel stepped in it big time if Facebook is anything to go by.
When my cub was little, she always asked that we take some of the little packets of crackers from the basket in restaurants home for her-I would put some in my purse, and no one ever said a thing-I even took the leftover muffins and breadsticks that came with a meal sometimes, too-I suppose I’d be charged for that stuff now?
Cracker Barrel must be follow one or more of these cities.
33 U.S. Cities Ban Sharing Food With the Homeless
My husband has run restaurants for over 20 years. The amount of food he is forced to throw out because of stupid health Nazi/government regulations is atrocious. I cry every time I think of the two 20 pound turkeys he was forced to toss because the health inspector saw them on a table rather than in the fridge. They had been on the table for approximately 5 minutes when the Nazi walked in.
I don’t think of a small mayonnaise packet as “food.” If he had been giving away meat, I would have an issue.
Yeah, can’t escape the food Nazi.. Statist.
Cracker Barrel is one of the most underwhelming places I’ve eaten. I will say that they are very clean, which is excellent, but the food is just meh.
I’ll take Wendy’s Chili everyday over most other food you can get while traveling.
I give the little beggars a slice of bread. Together, we have provided them with a ketchup sammich.