A Michigan gas station manager has been fired after the heartless exchange she had with an employee whose son is on life support went viral.
Albion resident Crystal Fisher requested time off last Thursday after her 18 year-old son Jason was rushed to the hospital after his temperature spiked to 104 degrees. The young man also had “low oxygen.”
Fisher rushed to the hospital and had her 14 year-old daughter text her boss at PS Food Mart to let her know that she could not come to work because of her son’s illness.
“[Fisher’s daughter] said, ‘Can you have somebody cover Mom for [Friday], my brother’s really sick, they’re going to have to ventilate him,’” Fisher said. “And the boss, I could hear her over the phone and she told my daughter, ‘This ain’t the way we run things, your mother needs to be the one calling me.’”
Meanwhile, Fisher had just been told by doctors that Jason would have to be transported to the University of Michigan.
“[The doctor] came in and told me that they were going to have to tube him and transport him to [University of Michigan],” she said. “I lost it. That’s my kid.”
Doctors informed Fisher that her son had a bacterial infection and that he would have to be placed on life support. She texted her manager, whom she identifies only as “Dawn,” telling her that she would need to miss work until her son’s condition stabilized. She never expected to get the response that she then received.
“I text her Saturday and said, ‘Hey just letting you know that I’m not going to be able to come to work until further notice at least until he’s off life support,’” Fisher said. “She automatically came back with, ‘Oh so you’re letting me know you’re quitting.’”
“Ok so how do we do things when my child is on life support?” Fisher replied. “I never said I was quitting so I take it that you’re firing me?”
“If you can’t come to work that’s you quitting,” Dawn al|egedly responded.
Fisher replied by saying that she was letting Dawn know “ahead of time” that she could not make it to work “due to my child’s life on the line.”
“I will not get into [this] with you on here but I’ve been more than accommodating during this allowing schedule changes and such,” Dawn responded. “There is no reason you can’t work and I will not tolerate drama. End of conversation. If you aren’t there to work your shift tomorrow then I take that as you’ve quit.”
“Would you be able to go to work and function if your child was on life support? I don’t know if I’m coming or going and you expect me to work?” Fisher asked.
“Yes I would, I still have bills to pay and something to keep me busy and occupied. We don’t just get to come and go as we please at Folk Oil. I have tomorrow and Monday covered. Your son is in the best place he can be. I have a store to run and that’s my focus,” the manager al|egedly replied.
After screensh0ts of the exchange went viral, Fisher called the Folk Oil’s corporate office. Executives told her to take as much time off as she needed, and they ended up terminating the manager after launching an investigation.
“We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company. For that, we are very sorry,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of this finding, we took quick action and that manager is no longer employed by PS Food Mart. We have also reaffirmed to our employee that she will be able to take all the time off that she needs during this difficult period.”
Now, Fisher can focus on being there for her son without having to worry about losing her job.
“My concern is when my son does wake up and when he does open his eyes, he sees Mommy there,” Fisher said.
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