Usually when we write about a store staffer getting followed in the wake of a robbery it’s because they dared to do something about it, but a man in Massachusetts says he was given the boot from his Cumberland Farms job because his register had too much cash in it when the store was robbed.
According to the former employee at the convenience store, he was fired the morning after being robbed because his register had more than $75 in it at the time of the armed heist.
He tells MassLive.com that his boss told him that by reviewing the tape of the incident they believed that the robber made off with more than $200. He claims it was not that it was likely somewhere between $100-150.
A rep for Cumberland Farms tells MassLive that the company does have a policy limiting the amount of cash in a register drawer at any given time, but she did not actually know what that limit is.
“We limit the amount of cash in the drawer so it doesn’t encourage robberies,” she said. “It’s for the protection of employees and customers.”
The fired fellow says he had made three cash drops into the store safe earlier in the night, but had obviously lost track of exactly how much was in the register by the time the robbery occurred. He said the store had been unusually busy that night.
“Of course there are going to be times when there is going to be more than $75,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d be fired for being a little over.”
Some customers of that Cumberland Farms have begun boycotting the chain over the man’s firing.
“It is appalling what they did to him. [The employee] could have been killed, and all they cared about was the little bit of money in the drawer,” one former customer, who says the employee’s pleasant demeanor had encouraged repeat business, explains. “That is so wrong on so many levels.”
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