Pregnant Fast Food Manager Fired After Restaurant Demands She Pay Back $400 Stolen at Gunpoint in Armed Robbery
A Popeye’s manager in Texas says she was terminated from her job after she refused to reimburse the restaurant $400 stolen during an armed robbery.
Five-months-pregnant Marissa Holcomb says a masked man armed with a gun entered her Popeye’s restaurant in Channelview on March 31 and ordered everyone to get on the ground.
He reportedly grabbed Holcomb and ordered her to get all the money in the safe. Holcomb wasn’t able to open the safe but was able to find $400 in the cash registers to get the gunman to leave.
No one was injured in the incident and the robbery was recorded on surveillance video.
Holcomb says her supervisor gave her an ultimatum: either pay back the money stolen in the robbery or be terminated.
“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb told KHOU. “I just had a gun on me, I’m not paying the money.”
Holcomb says less than 36 after the robbery, she was let go.
When questioned, a representative from Z&H Foods Inc., which owns the Popeye’s franchise, said the company would not confirm that Holcomb had been given the ultimatum but did say she was fired for leaving too much money in the cash registers instead of putting it in the safe and directed all other press questions to Popeye’s corporate headquarters.
Holcomb says losing her job while she has three kids at home and a fourth on the way especially devastating.
“I mean, who’s going to call me?” she told KHOU. “I’m five months pregnant… I got robbed at gun point and it’s like nobody cares.”