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Cracker Barrel Fires 79-year-old Vietnam Vet For Giving Corn Muffin To Homeless Man

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A 73-year-old Florida man was fired from his job at Cracker Barrel earlier this week after he gave a corn muffin to a man who looked homeless.

Vietnam veteran Joe Koblenzer had worked as a greeter at Cracker Barrel for three years before he was fired for handing a man who “looked a little needy” the muffin.

The unidentified man came through the door and “asked [if] I had any mayonnaise and some tartar sauce,” Koblenzer said. “He said he was going to cook a fish.”

“I got it for him. As I walked out I put a corn muffin in” the same bag. Shortly thereafter, the restaurant’s general manager called him into his office and said he was fired.

The restaurant released a statement claiming that the general manager fired him because he was a serial offender.

“During the time he was employed, he violated the Company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions,” the statement read. “Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company’s polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.”

The same day news of the Vietnam veteran’s firing began to spread, Cracker Barrel posted the following on Facebook:
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Koblenzer was working as a greeter to supplement his Social Security check, and said that he is now looking for other work.
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  • DOPEdweebzDOPEdweebz What title? www.facebook.com/DOPEdweebzPosts: 29,364 Regulator
    Unfair. I hope to be retired by 55. This working ya whole life shit ain't for me.

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  • zerocoolzerocool Posts: 3,973 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Unfair. I hope to be retired by 55. This working ya whole life shit ain't for me.

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  • jonojono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Posts: 30,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I understand why he was fired but they are some scumbags for the "military auction".

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  • MARIO_DROMARIO_DRO Posts: 14,425 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Karl.Karl. Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ATL_DRO wrote: »

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  • ShizlanskyShizlansky Posts: 35,095 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I live 5 minutes from Cracker Barrel.

    How is the food there?
    (Really though?)
  • zerocoolzerocool Posts: 3,973 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shizlansky wrote: »
    I live 5 minutes from Cracker Barrel.

    How is the food there?

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  • MasterJayN100MasterJayN100 real niggaz move in silence Somewhere in this Big Ol WorldPosts: 11,845 ✭✭✭✭✭
    that's the most stupid thing in the world is to fire someone for doing God's work.if someone is hungry FEED THEM!
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  • NothingButTheTruthNothingButTheTruth stew Posts: 10,850 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He deserved to get fired. If you want to feed the homeless, buy him/her something with your own money, not the company's money.

    If you let shit like that slide, it could turn ugly and let's be real, it's stealing no matter what way you look at it.
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  • Knives AmilliKnives Amilli Posts: 4,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Id feel sympathy for the guy if it wasnt for the 5 separate write ups about giving away food.
    numbaz...80's baby
  • brown321brown321 Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fair, but he will come up after this, so it will be the best thing that's happened to him.
  • GorillaWitAttitudeGorillaWitAttitude Posts: 3,566
    Shizlansky wrote: »
    I live 5 minutes from Cracker Barrel.

    How is the food there?

    Fucking nasty and tastes like shit. I went there Thanksgiving of 2012 before I turned Vegan. Only reason why my family went was because Golden Corral was closed. The corn muffins were bad and so was the other food. YUCK
  • Mister B.Mister B. Still the Devil's #1 Advocate. Come on out that box! Posts: 16,171 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I when to CB once in upstate NY....Waffle House FTW.
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  • damnkpdamnkp Posts: 1,824 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They could've just taken the money from his check...win for everyone
  • dwade206dwade206 Posts: 11,559 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shizlansky wrote: »
    I live 5 minutes from Cracker Barrel.

    How is the food there?

    I've been to the one in Milford, CT. Food was good.
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  • RanxxRanxx I Can't feel DeyaPosts: 1,643 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They said old boy was a habitual line stepper so he had to go, sounds fair.
  • jilljill Posts: 327 ✭✭✭
    why do I get the feeling there's more to this story?
  • TRILLip BrooksTRILLip Brooks Lord High Executioner Posts: 18,152 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shit happens
  • THIRDSUPREMETHIRDSUPREME TargSettotheDeathLarkKillaNigga Home of the SlavesPosts: 7,518 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He shouldna been stealin. And he was 73 not 79.
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