UPDATE: Meijer Employee Fired

By: News 10
By: News 10

"I just think it's ridiculous why should you be penalized for being a good Samaritan?"

We have an update on a story we brought you last week about a Meijer employee fired for putting out a car fire in the store parking lot.

Nathan Edwards talked with him., and with the owner of the car -- neither of whom understand the company's decision.

He said hello and welcomed every customer into this Meijer store in Gaylord and then something unexpected happened.

Bowers related his side of the story: "When the guy came in and said his dashboard was on fire, i grabbed the fire extinguisher. I followed him outside and sure enough his dashboard was on fire."

They quickly put out the fire and bowers returned to his post. He was later called into the store director's office where he was suspended for his actions.

"The one supervisor told me that my heart was in the right place my brain wasn't."

Later that week, he was fired from his job for not following company policy. Meijer representatives say they cannot comment on personnel matters, but they did release this statement. "The safety of our customers and team members is a top priority at Meijer. We have a very specific protocol in place for our team members to follow when emergencies occur and we can't allow any deviation from the policy that could put our customers or team members at risk." but for Ken Kuzon -- who was the customer in need -- he says without bowers help, the situation would have been much worse.

"My truck would've been completely burned. That fire was going."

Kuzon says he doesn't understand why Bowers lost his job.
"I just think it's ridiculous why should you be penalized for being a good Samaritan?"

Bowers did admit that he was suspended several years ago for leaving his post when he chased after a shoplifter. But he still does not understand how he could lose his job.

"I thought that was what we were supposed to do, you know you have somebody that is in need, don't you help them...but i guess not."


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