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June 11th, 2010
08:13 AM ET

Good Deed Gone Bad

A worker at a Subway restaurant had her life turned upside down when she was displaced from her Nova Scotia apartment building. A fire damaged some of her neighbors' apartments, and she gave them her apartment because they had no money or food.

But her generosity may have cost her the job. Her neighbors stopped by the Subway while she was working and she gave them two six-inch sandwiches.

Then she got some unexpected bad news. She says Subway fired her because they saw her on camera giving away the free sandwich.

Employees are entitled to a free foot-long sandwich for each shift they work, but it has to be recorded as a staff lunch. She says that with everything going on, it slipped her mind and she forgot to write it down.

Subway issued this statement: "We are aware of the situation in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and the dismissal of an employee there by a franchise owner. However, each Subway restaurant is individually owned and operated by an independent franchisee, and personnel matters are handled by each individual restaurant owner, who are required to follow all applicable labor laws. That said, we are concerned about the situation, and are investigating with the local franchise owner to find out exactly what the circumstances are.”

Our question for you: Do you think she should have lost her job for doing this good deed, and what are some of the good deeds people have done for you?

Post your responses to this blog and we’ll read some of them on the CNN Newsroom this morning at 10 am ET.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Butch from Southgate

    That sandwich was not hers to give. She was earning a salary and she could have purchased those sandwiches for them to rule out any hint of inpropriety. That is the empoyers side of the story. The end result here, is that we have people in this country that are hungry. I have owned restaurants and I would never allow anyone to go hungry if I could help it. There is a certain responsibility for those who have, to feed those who don't. The sadness here is that now there is another American who will be hungry tonight. They have just compounded the problem. Kindness is something that comes from within. Not everyone has it. I guess that subway owner didn't possess the kindness gene 🙂

    June 11, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  2. Missy

    If this was a regular thing she did then I see firing her but if she was helping someone, that Franchise should be ashamed. They should hire her back and give her back pay for the time she was off. This is one big problem with people. There's not enough people lending a helping a hand out to others. I guess it's true, No good deed goes unpunished" shame on subway!

    June 11, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    She messed up now she's also is homeless this place is in buisness to make money the sandwich policy was for employees not friends and family she should have saved the meal and taken it home or else paid for it .

    June 11, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  4. Chip

    If she was entitled to one free footlong each day, I don't see the harm in giving that sandwich to anyone she wants. So really, she was fired for not writing it down?? Come on Subway...your mediocre sandwiches aren't THAT good that you need to fire someone over a sandwich that they were entitled to.

    I'm glad CNN showed this story. Hopefully this exposure will help her to find an even better job where she can be more appreciated and help even more people.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  5. Jody

    Apparently people didn't hear the part where she's entitled to one free 12 inch sub a day - hers to give or throw away.

    She should have had the opportunity to reimburse, if that was the issue. It's completely short-sighted to have to advertise, interview and train a new employee, when you had a good one.

    She should be employee of the year, not fired.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If she was a gas station attendent I guess people would think it OK to fill the car with gas for free what she done was steal from the company she deserved to be fired .

    June 11, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  7. el

    It has been 2 yrs this month that we lost our home to a fire. As I was trapped inside, I am forever grateful to the fireman but also to the kindness of strangers that help afterwards. Subway, shame shame on you for firing this young lady. I hope the bad publicity makes you change your mind or better yet, I hope this young lady is offered a better job.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  8. shawn davis

    I live in the bay area, do travel to and from oakland to san francisco. I usually bay the toll of the person behind me, hopeing to start a trend. And what do you know it has happened to me more than once. such a really good feeling. I'll always keep doing it at 8 dollars in july goes to ten ouch thats 2 cars

    June 11, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  9. Cory Brailsford

    It's not the most dramatic, heart wrenching story... but I'll tell you anyway. I woke up one morning to find that the tire on my car had gone flat for some unknown reason. Of course, I was about to leave for work and couldn't! Having changed many tires before, I figured I'd be out only a few minutes... nope! I struggled for 45 minutes trying to get the bolts on the tire to off to no avail. Finally... I decided to go back in the apartment and call AAA. When I came back out 15 minutes later... the work was all done and the tire was completely changed!! The flat one resting next to my car. I looked around and searched the apartment complex to no avail. I could find no one there! It was such a great relief... I just wish I could thank whoever helped me out!

    Cory Brailsford
    Warwick, RI

    June 11, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  10. Scott Carter

    I think the little act of charity by this Subway employee is admirable. While she may have not complied with Subway's rules, in this time of economic hardship, Subway could use this selfless example of kindness as a worthy cause to support the needy. I remember years ago when in the pouring morning rain, I was walking home from work from the bus stop. A complete stranger, stopped her car and offered to give me a lift home. I was very grateful.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  11. Rose

    I have never shared this with anyone.

    It was so many years ago, I was in Sacramento for what was to be my last visit with my sister Carmela. After a few days of blissful yet stressful moments at her bedside, I had reached my limit of what seemed to be the edge of sanity I excused myself from her bedside and went outside to sit on a bench and just cry. With my hands in my face I heard a voice coming at me asking, "Excuse me, do you have a few dollars that I can have. My car ran out of gas up the road?" I looked up, still tears pouring down my face to see an older discheveled man approaching me. Uncharacteristic of me and without a thought I reached into my pocket for my last and only bit of cash, three dollars. I gave it to him, and he began to walk away in another direction than he came. He stopped, turned to me and said "someday you will need someone and they will be there for you". I looked down and up again and he was gone.

    Maybe I read too much into that day... but that man came to me at just the right moment and said just the right words to help me gather myself together and be in the moment with my sister. She passed that evening.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  12. Leslie

    It's so ridiculous that you are throwing this Subway franchise under the bus. It did NOTHING wrong. The employee gave out something that was against the policy and not hers to give. It doesn't matter who she helped. SHe has no right to give out free food. Why didn't she take money out of her pocket and pay for the sub? It's not a good deed if you are using someone else's money and resources to help someone. Shame on you for reporting this and making Subway look bad. She "forgot" to write it down....Very unfair. Her termination was warranted.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  13. jane gallegos

    they could let her pay for sub, or maybe just a waarning. they are wrong. no wonder pepole help any more

    June 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  14. Matthew T Rader

    If this was one time thing, no she shouldn't have but if this something she has done many times with out the owners permission, then maybe she should have.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  15. Alexandria Apley

    I feel sorry for her. At the same time I'm so proud of her. Thank you for doing a good deed no matter the cost. Even if she didn't know the cost. She deserves thanks because she makes the human race seem like less of an awful species. There are many people, we must admit, that wouldn't have given so much to a stranger. Thank you.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  16. Steve

    A similar thing happened to me when I was an assistant manager at a RAX restaurant many, many years ago. I was getting the store ready to open when a homeless person approached the drive through window asking for permission to go through our garbage for something to eat. I told him he couldn't do that, but instead fixed him a fresh lunch complete with a drink as well. He wasn't asking for money, he was hungry and I felt this the right thing to do. The registers were not open yet so I couldn't log it it, but did so once they were. I rang it up under my number as my lunch and personally did without lunch that day. This act was brought to the attention of the district manager who pulled me aside a few days later saying he could fire me for doing this. Instead they demoted me with a cut in pay. I asked the DM what he would have done in a similar instance and he said that he wouldn't have given the "bum" anything and would have let "the b*stard starve." I still feel good for what I did and told them to shove the job the same day.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  17. Chris Coffelt

    Obviously she did not have intent to steal from Subway Inc. Her intent was to help someone in need. I think firing her was a harsh punishment, and perhaps counseling her would have been more appropriate. I think now would be a great time for another company that needs an employee with a big heart to step in and hire her.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  18. Mike Marion

    I'm appalled! – Buying her friends a meal – That's a good deed. Giving someone something of you own, That's a good deed. Giving away something that belongs to others is called stealing! Giving away something that belongs to your employer gets you fired. Ask your boss at CNN what would happen if you gave away CNN property.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  19. Josh Cooper

    The woman did not follow the store's free sandwich policy; therefore, she was fired. The storeowner has done nothing wrong.

    You don't use the other people's money or goods to do good deads. If she really wanted to help her friends, she should have paid for the sandwich.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  20. Eric

    BOO, This franchise could of really set a good example with their employee's good deed. I could understand if the employee was a chronic giver, but due this I am now sad.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  21. Sheryl Harrison

    Kyra, almost every Saturday I take my 87-year-old uncle to breakfast and grocery store. Well, one Saturday we ate breakfast at a local restaurant and when we were done, the waitress informed us that our breakfast was paid. I asked by whom and she said she was asked not to tell. Well, I figured it out to be one of my student’s parents and my uncle’s neighbor. I then left the waitress a $20.00 tip. That is what someone did for me and my uncle and in turn the waitress.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  22. jim

    What if everyone decided to give away their employers goods whenever they feel like being charitable?What she did was big hearted,but wrong just the same.Maybe a warning would have been more appropriate for sure.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  23. Do not be discouraged

    If she gave the sandwich to these people in need and used her employee discount, she didn't do anything wrong. Because of her unselfishness, God is about to bless her with a huge blessing. I don't know if she believes in God or even follows God, but I know what God is about to do for her. She should stay encouraged because she will not believe what is about to happen. Only God will know when it will be and what it will be. She should just start looking for the job God is going to bless her with. Even if her situation gets worse, she should not give up and keep looking. She WILL receive it. Please hang in there. If that franchise wants to hire her back, she should not go. If the plan for her life was to keep working at that Subway, she would have never been fired. Keep it moving and look for higher position that is coming.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  24. pirategun9

    a few years ago I was in down town New Haven, CT. A homeless man asked me for some money so instead i offered to buy him a sandwich. I didn't know what one to get him so I told him to come in and pick which sandwich he wanted. The staff immediately ordered him out saying that he was just bugging the customers. i then told the staff that i was happy to buy the man a sandwich i just needed to know what he wanted . they didn't care and some heated words were exchanged ultimately leading to my arrest for disorderly conduct.. I feel like our society looks down on the less fortunate as a hassle and they dont like it when its in their face, maybe thats exactly what they need. The Army changed my whole perspective on life. If I had one sip of water left i would share it and thats what's missing with americans today

    June 11, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  25. Richard

    I like how they made Subway the bad guy here. This woman gave out 2 sandwichies she did not pay for or had permission to give out. It is considered stealing were I come from. If she was a good employee she could have just received a warning. I dont buy I forgot to write it down defense.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  26. Bill Bucher

    I use Subway regularly. I will find it very easy to return the favor to Subway and eat somewhere else until we hear an apology from the franchise owner and the corporate office. Thank you CNN for sharing the plight of a good Samaritan we all are able identify with.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  27. Charles

    I could not agree with you more mrs. Phillips. Every day I look around and see the selfish people end up with nothing and the generous people succeed. It is true that the sandwich was not hers to give. Xshe should have been asked to pay for it, but not fired.

    I follow a principle that has served me well throughout my life.

    If you want to be rich, make other people rich. If you want to be happy, make other people happy.

    Your advice to people to look around and see where and how they can help others follows this principle. You probably owe a lot of your success to this attitude, as I do as well. great advice!!!

    This young sandwich artist's attitude will take her farther than a sandwich shop one day.

    Great story! Thanks

    June 11, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  28. Christine, Dearborn, MI

    The bottom line is that her heart was in the right place. She made a mistake by not handling it to the "letter of the law"; cut her some slack and give her another chance. The world needs more people like this young lady, her kindness should be encouraged, not punished.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  29. Kasilo Choka of Chokawear

    No if anything she should have been given a warning but not fired.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  30. elizabeth mcdaniel

    how can you defend this girl for giving away her employers goods!
    if she wanted to do a good deed, she first pays for the sub and
    then she gives her sub to the man. this is what is wrong with our
    youth today, they do not know the difference between whats theirs
    and what belongs to someone else. what if that employer took
    money from that employees paycheck to give to someone else
    in need. same difference and you are not helping by demonizing
    the employer. its probably not the first time she has done the
    same act and the employer had been watching her to catch her
    in her stealing. its called stealing when you dont ask permission
    or pay for it first!

    June 11, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  31. Tony

    I admire the girl for helping that couple there are good people out there. Last week I was driving and was on a trip and my truck broke down and a gentleman heard me saying I had no where to stay while my truck was fixed and he invited me to his home,let me spend the night and drove me back to the shop to get my truck. I can truly say there are great people out there in the good old USA.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  32. Brian Hereford

    I was a single parent of two sons , making minimum wage. One hot summer day, I had come in from work to find my electricity had been turned off due to my inability to pay. I remember standing out on my back porch screaming. My neighbor come out his door and looked at me. I explained my electricity had been shut off. The food in the fridge is going to spoil. He told me to wait right there. He returned with an extension chord connected to his house, throwing the other end to me. He said to run it through the kitchen window. He never asked for a thing. It has been close to 20 years but it still brings tears to my eyes. I have many personal stories, and because of that, I tutor children as a teacher of 15 years and never ask for money.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  33. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Just one more thing how many times has she given out free meals and do you think it should be policy to feed the people for free you can not keep the doors open by giving away your profits .

    June 11, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  34. Dave

    Kyra and Candy are the gift that keeps on giving not SC. They actually think it possible that the Democrat winner for US Senate in SC is a GOP plant because he has no money and criminal charges pending. Both journalist (and I use that term lightly) know what the reason is Mr. Greene received 100,000 votes in SC.. He is a black democrat. and In SC that automatically gets 100,000 block votes for a US Senate seat. I'm now waiting on CNN to figure out how SC or the GOP caused the BP spill! Pitiful talking heads.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  35. LaBonnie Copeland Allen

    June 11, 2010

    I would like CNN to explore whether this oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was a conspiracy by the Republicans to gain public support and to bring down Obama and his administration. Initially, the majority of Republicans was for off-shore drilling and Obama seem to have accepted the Republican stance with some reluctancy. The Obama Administration (being new in its role at the time of its reluctant acceptance of off-shore drilling) may not have examined all angles of this off-shore drilling process; mainly the laws, if any, that were in place or should have been in place to handle such a disaster.

    This morning, Kyra presented a segment about a man who had "un-traditionally" or not according to norms, received the majority of the votes as a Democrat in South Carolina. I think his last name was Greene. The overall implication appeared to be that the Republicans may have been behind such maneuverings. Kyra suggested to Candi Crowley (I'm sorry if I misspelled your name Ms. Crowley.) that why not have this Mr. Greene on her Sunday's show???

    It appears that the media wants to make a spectacle out of Mr. Greene and in so doing, make the Democrats look as if they are not "on top of things". Then, there's another way to look at the issue of Mr. Greene. If Candi asks the right questions, maybe we can find out who was behind this candidate who received the majority of the votes in an unconventional way.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  36. Ric Ramsey

    I was shopping in walmart and I neglected to activate my new debit card before using it. I picked up several items and figured I would pay whatever cash I had and just put the rest on the card. Needless to say, the card was rejected. I began to identify items for the cashier to remove and the gentleman behind me told the cashier to add the cost of those items to his order (approximately $14)! Truly a random act of kindness. The gentleman did not know I had been unable to work due to illness for the past three plus years! I try to help others when I can and was not use to being the one in need but I am grateful someone cared enough to help me when I needed it!
    Ric in San Antonio, TX

    June 11, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  37. Becky B

    No way should she have been fired from her position for giving out a free sandwich! It seems so silly, especially since she gets a free one each shift herself. Subway is constantly giving free subs via the frequent buyer programs too. Many retail stores keep a log of Consumerism or community giving. Her mistake was not logging it. It should have been a verbal or written warning. Now, if there is a history of warnings on this particular employee, this is another issue and then maybe this last incident is what put her employment on the line. If this free sub was an isolated incident with no history of wrong-doings, then shame on this franchise owner!
    I recently had a stranger do a kind deed for me. It was during the holiday season, a very cold morning in upstate NY. I had attempted to put gas in my car, but the gas pump would not read my debit card. I looked inside, and there was a very long line. My gas tank read 1/4 tank, and the next gas station was about 6 miles up the road. I decided to try again at the next station. I got maybe 4 miles on my journey, and all of a sudden my car sputtered, and then stopped running. My gas gage must have been wrong! I coasted over to the side of the road. At the time, I had a pre-paid cell phone that I did not really use often, and had let the minutes expire. So, I started to walk up the street toward a business that was about 400 yards away. It was so cold, it was taking my breath away and my dress shoes were not really the best to be walking in. It didn't take long before I couldn't feel my toes! Suddenly, a car pulled up along side me. I was unsure what to do and the driver motioned me to open up the door. He said, "I don't normally pick up strangers on the side of the road, but it's cold out!" I responded, "I normally wouldn't accept a ride from a stranger, but it IS cold out!" He drove me to the gas station, offered me his cell phone so I could call work. We got to the gas station and he had a gas container in his car. I attempted to put my card in the pump, but he wouldn't have it. He drove me back to my car and put the gas in for me. He just asked me to pay it forward! And I will!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  38. Indigo5

    I'm sure that poor woman that was fired from that subway shop will get another job.she did the right thing.Why worry about workinf for a 2 bit resteraunt.Thats one reason I have a very low opinion about working for small bussinesses.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  39. Carl

    If she gave up her lunch sandwiches for the poor people which she was entitled too for herself anyway then she simply made a charitable donation. She should of been commended for her action. The owner had the fiduciary responsibility to "ASK" his employee about the circumstances and not "ASSUME", that she did something wrong by looking at a video only. I'd hire her in a heart beat and pull the Franchisee license. In support I'll never patronize Subway again unless the owner is publicly reprimanded.

    June 11, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  40. lgloria

    This is totally sick that people believe the company is at fault .It was not one sandwich ,it no wonder ever bussiness has cameras like everyone is a thief .I really do not care about any employers especially in florida because they treat their employers like garbage .They use them up and tossed them out ,but right it is right and wrong is wrong if this woman had good intentions she would have went to the manager work out a way she could pay for the sandwiches or maybe ask the manager if he would be willing to give away a few sandwiches .
    These companys buy their product it is not for me or anyone else to give it away .I just had a similar situation a lady that works in the plaza would come in almost everyday and ask for coffee creamers every one gave it to her for free .This lady gave a few of the employees myself included 20 dollars for xmas .I gave her the cream a couple of times when it first started ,then it became a habit i went and told the manager if its okay to give this lady the cream everyday .He said what do you mean i said everyone is giving it to her it puts me in a bad position if i say no .I said if you okay i will give her he said absolutely not .
    He explain to the lady i buy these creamers i cant give it away everyone told the lady i told the manager .She is mad at me said she gave me a xmas gift why i did that .I would be stealing to give to her i do not own the place its not mine to give .I did not ask her for a gift ,i am grateful for the gift and if it was mineproduct she could have it .These sandwiches does not belong to this lady its stealing by the way ,why were they looking at the camera has anyone stop to think this might not have been the first time .This is the kind of stuff that puts companys out of bussiness then no one has a job .The employers can go to hell but while i work for them i am touching nothing thats not mine and i will give a 110 and %.I work in a restaurant i take my food to work ,if i do not bring lunch i stay hungry or eat a pack of crackers thats it .

    June 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  41. Observer

    It is really interesting to read these
    comments and being able to immediately
    determine what type of person is commenting.
    Some understand the huge problem whe have in
    the worlds vs. those who choose material
    things over mankind. I find this sadder than the
    injustice done to this poor girl.

    June 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  42. Jeryl D

    Well, as they say: "no good deed ever goes unpunished." Seriously, if she violated a policy, the owner of the franchise could simply have reminded her of the policy. Then, if he really wanted to get some good publicity, he could have donated some sandwiches and drinks to those needy people. Fired? Absolutely not!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  43. Mr.Eister

    WOW! someone helping someone in need, and she gets fired. Subway should perhaps cancel it's franchise lease with the 'owner' of that particular shop and the people 'boycott' the store for 1 full week. Next time I go to the local Subway shop with a coupon that says, buy one 6in sandwhich, get on FREE, I'm gonna ask and make sure that it's ok, and that he/she will not be FIRED. She did a good deed, so the rewards of that deed will be upon her.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  44. Daniel Johnson

    Well, if the subway owns it I guess it's theft. That's pretty cut and dried, sad to say.
    But, more importantly, this actually highlights exactly what's wrong with our political system.
    Normal human beings are decent and put others before themselves in terrible situations, people who's lives are centered around business are not.
    Normal human beings work a job to support themselves, and then go home to a normal life, withy normal human concerns like children. People who succeed in business don't have lives for the most part, or only for image, and almost everything they do is centered on their business.
    The more successful the business, the less human the owners.
    Our political system is designed so that only people with high connections to successful business people are able to get into positions of power. We need to stop electing people with connections to business if we want a better world.
    We need to elect the kinds of people who work at places like Subway, and stop electing people connected to those that own them.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  45. lizo

    I manage a Subway. I fully understand why employees should not be permitted to give away their meals or discounts to anyone they choose. At the store I work at, there had been issues in the past with dishonest employees using that perk to 'barter' with others in a way that made us uncomfortable.

    That said, this is an instance where she should have AT LEAST been given a free pass, and more admirably, inspired the management and owners to help out the victims that are part of their community.

    The independent operations of Subway restaurants has its risks and rewards. This is a PERFECT example of one of those risks gone terribly wrong. The brand name needs to make a serious effort to make it known that this sort of management is not encouraged.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  46. jake

    Well, in the video, it says that the employer said that a footlong sub can only be given to a employee per shift. So then you are not allowed to give it to some friend. As well as if your boss cuts $50 of your paycheck and gives it to charity than how would you feel. Well if you keep giving away free subs like that then your owner is going to keep losing money and if this girl gets away with doing this, over time she will build up a habit and maybegive random people free sandwiches. And then lots of money will be lost. So I would go on the side of Subway. And besides the girls friends are on her side because she gave them a free sub anyway.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  47. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Nothing like kicking a person when they are down.

    June 12, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  48. Y3Murphy

    Butch from Southgate the sandwich was HERS to give away, she is entitled to a free 12' sub and instead of taking it, she split it and gave it away – she just forgot to write it down.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  49. Scott

    Subway has lost my business. I will change my position if we hear from the store owner saying that the employee in question was a bad employee and that she stole from him regularly, if that is the case then he was right to fire her.

    However I doubt the store owner feels much like talking, I am sure their decision to fire the young lady has cost them more than the 2 sandwiches which were given out for free. The biggest disappointment is that Subway Corp. never jumped in, guess they were just concerned about their Franchisee fee.

    Many say it was not her place to give out free food and they are 100% right if she was habitually doing it, however that doesn't appear to be the case.

    When owners of businesses make it a standard practice that their employees leave their compassion for other people at home before coming to work, then they should be reminded of the old saying "what goes around comes around" and that applies to all of the people who agree she should have been fired.

    An old boss told me once to be fair and kind to people on your way up the ladder of life because you may need a helping hand should you fall off.

    "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."
    Winston Churchill

    June 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  50. Some People Can't Read

    I can't believe how many people are saying "she stole from the company" or the "if she worked at a gas station, should she fill up people's cars for free?" The free sub is included as part of her wage for working the shift. Saying that she had no right to give it to someone is like saying your boss can fire you for not liking what you spend your hard earned money on.

    Local reports from the story say that she was well liked by her supervisor and that they fought to keep her employeed. That and being employed by them for 3 years says a lot.

    I hate to say it, but as someone who worked for Subway for years, they let their owners/managers do whatever they want to staff as long as they get their cut of the money at the end of the day.

    I left because of the things I was actions I was forced to take against staff or else lose my job (Money went missing from the till, so the boss calls a girl's cell phone and leaves a message that she's fired for stealing from him, saying it was my decision. The money turns up 2 days later, as he had miscounted the till). I have many more stories like this and it sickened me to be a part of it so I left.

    Some stores can be nice and fair to their staff, but unfortunately they are rare to find as owners are given complete control to act any way they want to until a story like this comes to light.

    June 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  51. Some People Can't Read

    "I left because of the things I was actions I was forced to take against staff "

    Sorry for the typo. I meant "I left because of the actions I was forced to take against staff".

    June 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  52. Giuliana

    I was the manager at a subway in CA for some time and there was a homeless man ant then later a couple that came by sometimes. Restaurants always throw some food out at night because it would no longer be good in the morning. I used this food to make food for these homeless people and I encouraged my co-workers to do the same. If this couple were really starving, she could negotiate something with the owners so that she could bring them food at night or maybe the call-in orders that were never picked up. If her case is anything like the people I worked with before, she has given out many sandwiches to friends and unfortunately for the owners, they caught her at the worst possible freebie. I feel sorry for them both – for the owner's bad timing and for her because she felt the need to take revenge on the owners by publicly humiliating them and hurting their business. If, however, this was really the first time (doubtful) then I apologize for the assumption.

    June 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  53. randy james

    The main reason our health care system is so expensive can be traced to personal injury laws which require providers to inflate their prices in order to pay for the almost unlimited potential liability claims for bad medical outcomes. An additional factor is the requirement that emergency rooms provide free care to anyone. Finally, the obscene waste, fraud and abuse tolerate by government agencies administering entitlement programs, as well as the general indolence of excessively compensated public employees who know they cannot be fired.

    Think its bad now? If Obamacare is not dismantled and discarded, the entire system will crash.

    June 14, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  54. Terry

    Shame on franchise owner. This store should be boycotted until this lady gets her job back. This also reflects bad on Subway. They should come down hard on this store also. No one has any humanity anymore. It's the almighty dollar that rules.

    June 14, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  55. Mr. Eister

    Subway employees are entitled to 1 free sandwhich for lunch, they can do what THEY choose to do with it as it is their sandwhich NOT subways. Whether they eat it or give it to someone who is hungry is of no concern to the owner or subway.

    June 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  56. R. Jachym

    This is the type of small minded, petty thinking that is so pervasive today. Doing a good deed used to be it's own reward, now, too often the person doing the good deed is penalized. The loss of two inch subs is nothing in the big picture. If this person made a habit of giving away food items, that would be another thing, but the piece does not reveal that. The owner of the Subway should be ashamed and the management of Subway, franchise or not, should go to bat for the employee.

    June 22, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  57. Al Swilling

    No one should lose his or her job for helping someone in need.

    When I was a teenager, back in the '60s, I was hitch-hiking. I had been on the road for several days with no money for food, trying to get home, with a thousand miles to go.

    I got a ride at about 9:00 P.M. by a good Samaritan who struck up a conversation as he pulled into a drive-in restaurant. He asked me what I wanted to eat. When I told him that I had no money, he bought me a meal and insisted that I eat. I was too hungry to argue.

    After I was finished eating, he stuffed some money into my shirt pocket and we were on our way. I tried to give the money back, but he wouldn't take it. Instead, he told me that he was going to have to let me out at the freeway on-ramp. When he stopped to let me out and wait for the traffic to clear, I got out of the car and stepped onto the sidewalk. When I turned to say goodbye and thanks, his car was gone. The oncoming traffic was heavy, and there was a line of traffic stopped on the ramp waiting for the traffic to clear; but there was no sign of the man who had fed me and gave me money. When I checked my shirt pocket to be sure I hadn't imagined the whole thing, There was enough money for a bus ticket home and breakfast the next morning.

    June 22, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  58. Mack Squared

    Subway sucks anyhow, now I have another reason to drive right by...

    November 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm |