Bad Boss Contest: Fired for Escaping an Armed Robber

Arby’s just went off my list of places to buy lunch.

No one can accuse Maria Archer of being a job hopper. She has worked for Arby’s for 23 years. The Fairborn Ohio Arby’s where she worked has been robbed three times in the last six months, and she didn’t quit.

Arby’s did not install alarms, security cameras or hire protection for their much-robbed location. They did, however, seek to enforce a “safety” rule that no employee should be in the building alone. Evidently Maria Archer broke that rule by staying late to close the restaurant last Friday. About 1 am the doorbell rang. She thought it was her co-worker who has just left and answered the door.

Instead of her co-worker, she was confronted by a man with a knife who tried to push her into a corner. She somehow managed to push the man away and escape through the drive-through window. Her thought: “I’m not going to die at Arby’s tonight. I’m just not.”

Arby’s response to all this? When Ms Archer returned for work, they fired her for violating their “safety rule.”

“I just never thought this would happen to me. Especially since my life was a stake.” Ms Archer told a local reporter.

Frankly, I can’t imagine returning to work after what she went through last Friday. This lady’s loyalty to Arby’s is way beyond anything I would have felt. But then, the first of the three previous robberies would probably have been enough for me.

As I said, Arby’s is off my sandwich for lunch list. This is just one more incentive to go to Chick-Fil-A for my fast food.

 

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