Pregnant Fast-Food Worker Robbed at Gunpoint Then Fired for Not Repaying Stolen Cash

Marissa Holcomb was hard at work at a Popeye's in Texas. She was in the midst of one of the busiest shifts of the week when a gunman with a stocking cap entered the store, jumped over the counter and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. Unable to open the safes, she opened the registers and the thief made of with roughly $400. Did she receive praise for handing over the cash and surviving the ordeal? Nah:
Marissa claimed that after the robbery, one of her managers gave her a choice to either pay the money back or get fired.

"I don't think it's right because now I'm struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life"


Just days after she refused, she was fired for violating store policy:
The Popeyes franchise owner, Z&H Foods Inc., wouldn't talk to us on camera. However, a spokesperson in their human resources department explained that Marissa was fired because she broke policy by leaving too much money in the register and this wasn't her first offense.
The mother of three (with another on the way) says she's desperately trying to find a new job, but her prospects look bleak:
"I mean who's gonna call me? I'm 5 months pregnant," she said. "The fact that I got robbed at gunpoint and it's like nobody cares"

Watch the video report posted online by KHOU-TV.

 

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