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The greeter at a Meijer store in Gaylord, Michigan is out of a job. David Bowers' sin was leaving his post with a fire extinguisher and putting out a small fire in a customer's vehicle before it became a big fire. We should also point out that Bowers is a repeated offender. He was suspended from his Meijer job a few years ago for chasing a shoplifer.
Please note the response from Meijer where they tell us they can't comment on personnel matters, but them comment on a personnel matter. Which is it?
"When the guy came in and said his dashboard was on fire I grabbed the fire extinguisher and I followed him outside and sure enough his dashboard was on fire," Bowers said.
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, but my brain wasn't," Bowers said.
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," Meijer responded.
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.