McDonald's worker fired after paying for firefighters' food
Heather Levia, 23, ordered 25 breakfast sandwiches and hash browns as a thank you for firefighters working nearby in sub-zero temperatures
OLEAN, N.Y. — Heather Levia wanted to help first responders by giving them a warm meal on a cold day, but when she showed up to work the next morning she no longer had a job.
Levia, a 23-year-old single mom with twins, works two jobs and is putting herself through nursing school. During her morning shift as a manager at McDonald’s last week, while several local fire departments worked in sub-zero temperatures to put out a house fire, Levia says she saw a way to help. Olean firefighters ordered 25 breakfast sandwiches and hash browns, and Levia says she pulled $83 out of her pocket and paid for it herself.
“Just because I appreciate everything they do,” she explained. Then a little bit later, another department ordered $70 of food. Levia sent her boss a text message to see if the company would pay the tab. She thought they might because she claims they regularly give free meals to police officers who stop by.
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