Meijer greeter in northern Michigan says he was fired for helping customer put out van fire

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 13, 2013 - 5:00 PM

GAYLORD, Mich. — A retired mail carrier said he's been fired from a job as a greeter at a retail store in northern Michigan after rushing to the parking lot to put out a vehicle fire.

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shushyn78Dec. 13, 13 6:52 PM

Of course, it's all about the money. If the employee had gotten injured or worse, then there is workmen's comp or being sued by the customer he helped if it had went badly. If you need help some day, just hope the good Samaritan doesn't have to walk away for fear of the lawyers afterward.

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davehougDec. 13, 13 8:05 PM

I hope this owner gets burned when some employee follows store policy instead of HUMANITY.

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sek2undrstndDec. 13, 13 8:35 PM

And then we wonder why people are hesitant to help each other. We have been programmed not to help but to initiate "well-established safety procedures for emergency situations". If that bunch of bullpuckey don't sound like something out of a George Orwell novel, I don't know what does.

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holmescity49Dec. 14, 13 8:01 AM

The rules are "do not do anything that could cause a lawsuit against our company", regardless of the circumstances. There could have been small children or a baby strapped in the vehicle, but company policy says "thou shalt not". Common sense loses again to company policy.

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r3ader1Dec. 14, 1310:21 AM

Someone in corporate needs to realize the bad p.r. this is creating and review the situation.

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bobblumenfelDec. 14, 13 9:25 PM

"Why should you be penalized for being a good Samaritan?" Kuzon said." ---- Because this is commerce, and things like ethics and community spirit don't matter unless you can attach a dollar sign to them. I don't know the exact rule Mr. Bowers broke, but I'm certain it had to do with the company potentially losing money because of his actions.

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