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A company has offered to rehire a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker whom it fired for giving a student lunch for free, but she isn't interested.
Bonnie Kimball said she was terminated March 28 by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, but the company has now backtracked on its decision and offered her employment once again.
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Kimball's initial firing came a day after she gave a student lunch after realizing the boy was unable to pay for it.
Kimball says that when the student's account showed no funds, she quietly told him 'tell your mom you need money,' and provided him with the food for free.
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She said a manager just asked what was on the boy's plate and walked away. The next morning the student's bill was paid but her job was gone.
'His family is very well known in this town and I can guarantee that if I called his mother, she would have come right in and paid the bill. But I didn't want to get her out of work,' Kimball said.
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'I know they would have brought the money the next day. The bill was going to get paid.'
A spokeswoman for the Manchester-based company said Friday that an employee it did not name violated school and company policy and that a district manager had terminated the person.
Theft - Kimball
'Do you understand what you did was wrong? That was theft,' Kimball says she was told.
However, the company said it had since offered to rehire the employee, provide her back pay and would 'work with the school district to revise policies and procedures regarding transactions.'
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The school district, in a statement, said it talked with the company about the firing of what it described as a part-time cafeteria worker and would review its...
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