OLEAN, NY (WVUE) - A fast food worker has been fired a day after picking up the bill for first responders fighting a fire in freezing temperatures.
Heather Levia, from Olean, New York, paid nearly $100 dollars for the breakfast meals. When a second department ordered, she asked her boss if the company could pay for it, but he told her no.
After fire fighters found out Levia paid for the food herself, they called and complained to her boss.
The 23-year-old single mother found out the next day that she had been fired for cursing at her superior about the issue.
"I did say this is 'freaking' ridiculous. But it was not implied to anybody," she told New York television station WIVB.
Levia has been offered two other jobs since the incident, according to WIVB.
Tom Meyers, the restaurant owner, released a statement saying Levia's termination had nothing to do with buying the food for first responders.
"The Meyers Organization has always valued the employees who serve our customers every day. We likewise continue to be an ardent supporter of our police and fire departments, along with other first responders. They are always welcome in our restaurants, and we will continue to support them in the future," he said. "We are aware that certain allegations have been made concerning the reasons for Heather Levia's termination. Out of respect for Ms. Levia and her privacy, it would not be appropriate to comment in detail on the reasons she is no longer employed by our organization. Still, it should be pointed out that the allegations are absolutely not true. We would never penalize an employee for showing appropriate gratitude for the work of our firefighters."