Restaurant Employee Fired For Refusing to Repay Money Stolen By Armed Robber

Restaurant employee refuses to repay money stolen on her shift by armed robber.

Restaurant employee refuses to repay money stolen on her shift by armed robber.


A Popeyes restaurant in Channelview, TX, was robbed of almost $400.00 by a   masked man with a gun. Afterwards, the employee who was in charge at the time of the robbery was given a choice by one of the managers: Reimburse the company the money that was stolen or be fired. The five-months-pregnant employee was fired less than 36 hours later.

The employee, Marissa Holcomb, said her response to the ultimatum was to tell the manager,  “I’m not paying nothing. I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money.” She also said she didn’t think her termination was right “because right now I’m struggling for my family. What I had to do (was) keep my life.” She has three children.

A spokesperson for the local Popeyes restaurant said Holcomb was fired because she didn’t follow company policy of not leaving much money in the cash register. The spokesperson also said that occasion was not a first offense for Holcomb and that the company knew nothing of the option to repay the money. Holcomb  said the restaurant was busier than usual on that day because of a $1.19 special on two-piece chicken meals and she moved the money from cash register to safe as fast as she could. “They got what they got because that was what we made within one hour,” she added.

After she became aware of the situation, Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder released a press statement in which she indicated she had spoken to the local franchise owner and he had taken immediate action to rectify the situation. She apologized for the distress the situation had caused.

Holcomb was offered her old position and back pay of $2,000.00. “He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,” she said. However, she was ambivalent about returning to the job. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she said; but  added, “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”







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