Fast food chain fires pregnant woman who couldn’t reimburse $400 stolen in armed robbery

A pregnant manager for a Popeye’s fast food restaurant in Texas say she was fired for refusing to pay back the $400 dollars that was stolen during an armed robbery.

A pregnant manager for a Popeye’s fast food restaurant in Texas says  was fired for refusing to pay back the $400 dollars that was stolen during an armed robbery.

From KHOU:

The heist happened on March 31st at the Popeye’s restaurant in the 500 block of Sheldon Road in Channelview. It was captured on surveillance video.

In the video, you see a man with a beanie over his face run in waving a gun. He forced all the employees to the floor.
Then, he turned his attention to Marissa.

“By the back of my shirt, he pulled me up and he pushed me to the front,” she recalled. “He told me to give him everything out of my safe.”

But the only thing Marissa could open were the registers. The gunman got away with nearly $400.
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,” she said.

Less than 36 hours after the robbery, Marissa was fired.

According to a spokesperson for Popeye’s, Marissa was fired because she violated policy by leaving too much money in the register, adding that it wasn’t her first offense.

Watch surveillance video of the robbery below:



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    April 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Reimburse them for something you’re obviously not responsible for? No way! Stand your ground, girl, and sue their ass. The rest of you – BOYCOTT POPEYE’S!

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    April 23, 2015 at 12:30 am

    I thought it was illegal decades ago to fire an employee when your business is robbed, unless the employee was a part of that robbery. and as for the $400 in the register, I have been at a McDonald’s when traveling to set up a show and it was very busy and one man ordered for a family reunion for like 40 orders and it was several hundred dollars for just all of his purchase and the clerks were all to busy to empty registers at rush hour.

    I have only been to Popeye’s one time to take a neighbor up there as he had no car, since this is how they treat their employees, I shall never cross their doorway.

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    Valor Kalessis

    April 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

    That’s pathetic. I once knew a girl who worked at a restaurant and was robbed at gunpoint. Not only did they NOT demand that she reimburse the store, but they gave her paid time off and sent her to a therapist at their expense. It’s their insurance company’s responsibility to reimburse them, not hers. Don’t blame the victim. That Popeyes is clearly run by a bunch of idiots.

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    April 23, 2015 at 4:15 am

    If she didn’t have access to the safe, how could she put money from the register into it?

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    April 23, 2015 at 5:08 am

    It looks like it was late at night, but still, fast food workers are required to do more than watch a register, especially while closing. This is appalling

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    pedro stars

    April 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    boycott popeyes…her “offense” please. Heartless fool bastards. Hey Houston ;awyers help this lady and sue the feathers out of these high and mighty morons. City inspectors should be all over this place. Managers should be id’d and shamed in their neighborhood at their schools in their churchs.

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    April 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Nor will I or my family….F.U. popeyes.

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    Michael Schild

    April 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I like their product but I won’t be buying it anymore if this is how they treat their employees. No one can PLAN for a robbery and when it might happen. To hold her responsible is ridiculous

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    April 24, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I’m not trying to defend popeyes (I think they were wrong to fire her) but a lot of safes in high risk type stores are made so that employees can depsoit money into the safe but not take anything out. They’ll have a special opening that an envelope or bills can be slide into.

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    April 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Well I’m never going to Popeyes again

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    random mouse (@anoynamouse)

    April 25, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Look…she violated a rule…which is grounds for termination. No…she should not have to pay it back but if she did violate a policy and has many a violation then she has to go. Rules aren rules….and laws are laws.

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