DINNER lady sacked after she gave a pupil free food.
Bonnie Kimball, who had worked at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire, US for four years was accused of ‘theft’ by bosses.
She has since been offered her job back after school’s U-turn following public outcry – but she has rejected it, reports The Sun.
She had known the boy’s parents since they were children and was confident he would settle the $8 bill – which he did 24 hour later.
After seeing his empty account upon payment, the dinner lady had quietly told the boy: “tell your mom you need money”.
But she was still fired by the district manager of Fresh Picks, the food services company which hired her.
According to CNN, Bonnie – who had worked at the school for four years – was told: “Do you understand what you did was wrong? That was theft.”
The site reports she was let go because she had violated its procedures along with federal and school policies.
She received a letter which read: “A District Manager was on-site and witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items that you did not charge him for.
“This in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals.
“Your final has been processed and disbursed to you.”
However, in a U-turn, the company has offered to rehire the employee, provide her with back pay and would “work with the school district to revise policies and procedures regarding transactions”.
Speaking to ABC, she said: “I’m not bailing them out, I’m not gonna do it.
She said that she has no intention of returning to the company just so they could keep its contract.
“The school should bring on another vendor – one that will treat the children better.
“They’ll never have a kitchen crew like we were.
“We made those lunches with love.
“We weren’t just lunch ladies, we went above and beyond our job to make sure kids got what they wanted.”
Parents at the school were so upset over Kim’s sacking that they started a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than £5,267 ($9700au)
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