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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

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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.

Full story: McDonald’s worker fired after paying for food donation




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