Fried chicken chain Popeyes is trying to do the right thing following a major PR disaster. Marissa Holcomb claims she was fired just 36 hours after the Houston-area store she managed was robbed at gunpoint — and now the franchise owner is offering Holcomb her job back, reports KHOU.
A Popeyes rep told the news station that Holcomb was fired "because she broke policy by leaving too much money in the register and that this wasn't her first offense." The robber made off with almost $400. Holcomb, who happens to be pregnant with her fourth child, says one of the store's managers offered her the choice "to either pay the money back or get fired." Now, a day after the story hit the local news, Holcomb has been offered her previous position back, as well as $2,000 in back pay.
Popeyes corporate office released a statement to KHOU that read in part, "We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation." Holcomb apparently hasn't decided yet whether or not to take the offer, telling KHOU, "I don't want to go back to a business where I'm treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened."Eater Video: Five insane ways to open a wine bottle