Thursday, August 31, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Wrong Robbery
You wouldn't think being robbed at gunpoint could get you fired. But a local store clerk says that's what happened to her because she had too much money in the cash register. Now, for the final time, we're saying That's Just Wrong.
WSVN -- We've seen the videos over and over again. Convenience store clerks staring down the barrel of a gun-toting robber.
Paul: "I was by myself in the store. Sometimes i have some people working with me, but that night i was by myself."
It happened just last month to Nicky Paul.
Paul: "He had the gun right there in his waist band. And he said give me everything you have in the register right now."
In this case, everything was $360.
The robber got away with the cash, but fortunately, he didn't take Nicky's life.
Paul: "I just ran to the phone to the computer. By the time i came back he had already left and i called 911."
She also made one other phone call to her boss, the general manager.
When he saw how scared she was, he told her to take time off.
Paul: "He said Nicky, what happened. That's when i started crying."
What Nicky didn't know was that that would be her last day on the job.
She was fired because, according to the rules, you are only allowed to have $100 in the cash register. The rest is supposed to be hidden in the store safe.
Now, Nicky says That's Just Wrong.
Paul: "He told me i could no longer work for the company because this happened. I exceeded the register."
Unfortunately, we had to break the news to Nicky that while her boss may have been morally wrong.
He wasn't legally wrong.
In Florida, a person can be fired for any reason as long as it's not because of your age, race, or gender.
Paul: "It seems like money is more important than somebody's life for them."
When we called Nicky's boss, he refused to return our messages. But we never asked to get her job back, because we're helping Nicky earn a new income.
We've contacted the attorney general's office so she can file for crime victim compensation. Plus we've connected her with Workforce One - a local employment agency.
Workforce One representative "We can help her put a resume together and coach her on interview skills.
If all goes well, Nicky hopes to one day be a mortgage broker.
But in the mean time, she'll be happy with just about any position more convenient than working at a convenient store.
Paul: "It's God's blessing that the guy didn't do anything else to me because i was fighting him."
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