Fired for giving away Subway subs to fire victims
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:45PM EDT
A Dartmouth, N.S. woman says that she was fired from a Subway restaurant for helping two neighbours left homeless and hungry after an apartment fire.
Last week's apartment fire did not affect Heidi Heise's unit, but left some neighbours homeless, and she offered them her place.
Heise says when the neighbours came to thank her at the nearby Subway restaurant she works at, she gave them each one free six-inch sub to alleviate their hunger.
"I felt sorry for them, I tried to help them out," she told CTV Atlantic.
But when she went to work on Wednesday, she said she was told she was fired for giving away the subs.
"They were like, ‘We went over the cameras and we (saw) you on the weekend, give away a free sub,'" she told CTV Atlantic.
The two six-inch subs are the equivalent of one 12-inch sub, which Subway employees are entitled to as a staff lunch, which must be marked down.
She said because of everything going on, she forgot to mark it down.
Todd White, one of the two people staying with Heise, said he was unimpressed with Subway.
"No, she doesn't deserve it," he said of the firing. "We just went to thank her for letting us stay in her place. She offered the sandwich to us because we never had nothing to eat."
Atlantic Subway Ltd, which represents the company in the four Atlantic provinces, called the situation "unfortunate."
"It's an unfortunate situation, but technically, it's a personnel issue and we have no comment," Linda Garrett-Coll of Atlantic Subway Ltd. told CTV.ca.
Each franchise is individually owned and operated, and personnel issues are dealt with by the owner.
However, Garrett-Coll said "had we known about the situation" things could have been different, as the franchise is involved in a Red Cross program for food donations for flood and fire victims.
AJ Clarke, the apartment building's leasing manager, said he was "kind of furious" about the firing.
He said he offered to pay for the sub himself, and called the franchise to express his opinion.