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Store greeter runs to put out fire, loses job for leaving post

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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:05 am
GAYLORD, Mich. -- David Bowers thought he was doing the right thing. When he heard that a customer's truck was on fire, the store greeter sprung into action, grabbing a fire extinguisher and quickly putting out the blaze.

But instead of being rewarded for his actions, the Michigan man soon found himself out of a job.

Bowers says that shortly after the incident he was called into the store director's office at the Meijer's store in Gaylord, Mich. and informed that he would be suspended for violating company policy.

Later in the week, he was notified that he was being fired for leaving his post.

Bowers says he knew his actions might violate the company's policies, but he felt he had to act. He also admits he was suspended several years ago for leaving his post when he chased after a shoplifter.

The owner of the truck, Ken Kuzon, is shocked at the company's decision, "I thought that was what we were supposed to do, you know you have somebody that is in need, don't you help them, but I guess not," Kuzon said.

Meijer's released a statement to UpNorthLive.com defending the store director's decision to fire Bowers, "The safety of our customers and team members is a top priority at Meijer."

"We have a very specific protocol in place for our team members to follow when emergencies occur, and we can't allow any deviation from the policy that could put our customers or team members at risk."

Bowers has been unable to find a new job since being let go last month.

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caylasdad - 12/16/2013 11:30 AM
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Union says its not his job to fight fires. All he is supposed to do is say Welcome to this STUPID STORE.
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