Residents in a small Idaho town are outraged after a lunch lady was fired for giving a starving student a free lunch.
The lunch lady wasn’t even given a chance to pay for it or figure something out, and she notes that extra food is thrown away everyday-she refused to let it go in the trash instead of going to a hungry, desperate little girl.
According to KPVI:
“Dalene Bowden said despite being fired, she doesn’t regret what she did for the student.
“My heart hurts,” she said. “I truly loved my job, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again.”
Bowden lost her job at Irving Middle School last week. She said she was working as a server last Tuesday when a 12-year-old girl told her she didn’t have any money and was hungry.
“So I handed her the food, and said ‘here, we’ll take care of it in a minute,'” she said.”
Instead of letting her pay for the meal or figure something out, you won’t believe what happened next!
“Bowden’s supervisor saw what happened and reported her.
“He said I was on permanent leave until he called me – I should not call them, he will call me,” she said. “And they never called me… then I got the letter.”
The letter, signed and written by school district 25’s director of human resources, informed Bowden that she was being terminated for theft. The cafeteria worker said she thought the decision was “ridiculous.”
“They’re hungry, what do you do?” she asked. “Send them out there so they can get it taken away and thrown away? No!””