Cafeteria Worker Fired and Rehired over giving food to student in lunchroom
When a student at a New Hampshire high school put items on his tray that he didn't have the money for, lunchroom employee Bonnie Kimball didn't think it was a big deal.
She told the student to make sure to pay the next day. She wasn't worried as she had known the boy's parents since they were children, and had no doubt that the $8 lunch tab would soon be taken care of. And the next morning, she told CNN, that's exactly what happened.
About a week later though, she was fired by the district manager of Cafï¿½ Services, the food services company that employed her.
The student repaid the $8 lunch the next day. Parents and co-workers protested the firing. And the lunch lady has now been rehired with back pay.
People news reports:
A cafeteria worker at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire was rehired over a month after she was terminated for letting a child at school get $8 worth of food for free.
Employee Bonnie Kimball told CNN that she has known the boy's parents since she was a child, and as expected, he later brought in what he owed.
But according to the news outlet, Kimball was fired by Cafï¿½ Services, the food services company for which she worked, a week later on April 4.
Kimball said the district manager said to her, "Do you understand what you did was wrong? That was theft."
On Friday, Fresh Picks, the school division of Cafï¿½ Services, told PEOPLE in a statement that they "had a recent situation where an employee violated school and company policy in dealing with our food service and our district manager made a decision he felt was right at the time."