New York McDonald’s fires 8-year worker after she donates food to firefighters!

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:12 EST

A McDonald’s restaurant in New York fired a worker after 8 years because she “opened a whole bee’s nest” by buying food for firefighters after they put out a house fire, she said this week.

Heather Levia, 23, told WIVB that she was working as a manager when the group of firefighters came in and ordered 23 breakfast sandwiches after fighting the blaze. It was a cold day so Levia covered the $83 cost of the meals herself.


“Just because I appreciate everything they do,” she said.

When more firefighters came in and ordered $70 worth of food, Levia wanted to cover those meals too. But she is a single mother with twins who is working two jobs to put herself through nursing school.

So, she called her boss, thinking he might pay for the meals because he often gives food to police officers.

After her boss said no, she called corporate and was told no again. Eventually, Levia and her coworkers came up with enough cash to cover the meals themselves.

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  • All I am saying is there is MORE to this story than what is being told. The company is restricted from saying anything due to privacy laws. However, a disgruntled employee has more freedom to tarnish a company. Neither of us know the whole story. I guess I am not as gullible as some people to just buy into this as all factual. Number 1 - the media is NOT that trustworthy and they just run the gamut for anything that sounds newsworthy to them, regardless if the whole truth is portrayed, or not.

    She more than likely was fired for defying company policy and specifically going against her Supervisor and Corporate Headquarters. And, as I said, it could be deeper than that - we just do not know.

    Did she do a good deed - yes. Did she defy her company who said 'no' - yes.

    People do and give to charity every day. As a Nurse I know first hand what it means to help those in need. Does that make me automatically a patriot - no. I guess our interpretation of the word "patriot" have obvious different meanings. 

    Now I am not a McDonald's fan, by no means, but I have owned a few businesses in my lifetime and any employee that defied company policy would be held accountable for doing so.  I also have family members in the military, police force, EMT, medical field and firefighters. 

    She did not come up with this charity act on her own. The local fire department called and ordered the food and asked for it. She was specifically told "no" by her company. So, not only did she go against her company she talked two fellow employee associates to go against the company also.  As a shift manager, that is usurping authority in using your position to make an employee under you to feel obligated to do something. 

    Common sense says there is more to this story ..... 

  • Rebecca Please RESPECT PATRIOTS Like Heather Levia!!

  • From what I have read McDonald's has a rule that no employee is to purchase food for customers while working. What I gather is she was NOT fired for this act of charity, but possibly reprimanded for defying orders from her boss and the corporation - she called them and they said no they do not donate food. She also knew the policy and yet she did it anyway. Wearing their uniform she represents that company regardless if she did this on her own, or not.


    I think they story is blown out of proportion.


    A company isn't stupid enough to do this (fire her) without cause and take the chance of a lawsuit. For all we know her work performance as a shift manager wasn't up to par. However, defying company rules is action for dismissal. There is far too much information missing to make a judgement either way, however, there are multiple versions of this story now on the internet and everyone has different information I would have wrote her up too and it matters not if it was a charity action or what. If the owner said no and the company rules say "no" she should have respected her employer. 


    Tom Meyers, the owner of the Olean McDonald's said the company was an 'ardent supporter' of local first responders. 'We are aware that certain allegations have been made concerning the reasons for Heather Levia’s termination,' he said. '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.'


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