18-year-old fired for buying dessert for police officer
Zack Randolph, an employee of Great American Cookies, thought he was only doing a kind act when he offered to pay for a police officer's cookie the first Sunday in July 2018. Turns out, he was putting himself in a lot of trouble.
The 18-year-old would not have expected a suspension for buying a $2.75 cookie for the officer, but that's how his employers punished him for his actions.
Randolph said later: "He's just a really nice guy and on top of that he has a badge. That's enough for me to buy him something. That's the least I can do."
Randolph's mother, Tami Kurtz Randolph, posted a breakdown of what happened on Facebook. The post is found below.
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That evening, Randolph bought the cookie as a way to thank the officer for his services, but the next customer in line was more than upset when he did so.
The customer was with his family, including his young daughter when he approached Randolph and asked if he was going to pay for his dessert too.
Randolph stated that he treated the man because he wore a badge. With that, the man and woman became confrontational, calling Randolph a racist and threatening to beat him up.
The man even put his daughter down and attempted to approach Randolph. The aggressive customer was reportedly prepared to attack the young worker, but Randolph's co-worker stepped in and prevented the situation from worsening.
The following day, Randolph got a text from work requesting that he should bring in all his things "for a meeting with his manager and upper manager."
When he did that, Randolph was told by his lower manager that the upper manager wanted him fired, but that he himself "refused" because Randolph was "an excellent worker and everyone agreed that [he] did nothing wrong."
Later on, however, Randolph was called into a back room where he was written up and told he would be given a one-week suspension without pay.
Following the post, many were outraged, calling for the company to be boycotted. A week later, the organization issued an apology to the young man and revoked his suspension.
"A lot of people I know my age don't support police officers. I don't think it's fair."
Some commenters implored the mother and her son to remain kind despite the initial repercussions for their actions. The teen's mother did say that her son "said he would do it again in a heartbeat."
Back in 2015, one teen did their own self a disservice when they posted a rude tweet the day before they started a new job. The Telegraph reported the incident.
The Texan teen called Cella apparently was ready to leave Jet's Pizza in Mansfield before she even began.
She posted the following along with seven thumbs down emojis:
"Ew I start this [expletive] job tomorrow."
One employee of the pizzeria saw the tweet and showed it to Robert Waple, the store's manager. He responded by informing Cella:
"@Cella_And...no you don't start that FA job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no money, no job life!"
In a reportedly deleted tweet, Waple wondered: "Working register, taking phone order, making subs/salads. Eating free pizza. How hard would that have been?"