When one student in New Hampshire attempted to buy a lunch in his high school cafeteria, he realized he was short on funds.
Lunchroom staff member Bonnie Kimball said she knew the student and his family and let him leave with the food. She reportedly ensured that he would bring the few dollars to school tomorrow to settle the minor debt.
After several days and forgetting about the encounter, Kimball said she was fired by the company that placed her in the school.
Since then, she said two other employees have resigned in protest of the decision.
“On March 28, 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,” a letter confirming her termination read. “This in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals,” the letter reads. “Your final has been processed and disbursed to you.”
Cafe Services Human Resources Director Jaime Matheson explained that Kimball could have given the student a lunch designated for those without money and would not have been reprimanded for doing so.
“We can’t get into specifics because personnel decisions are confidential to honor privacy, however employees receive and sign their acknowledgment to company policies,” the company said. “When these aren’t followed, corrective action is put in place, up to and including termination. We’re all proud of our ability to provide meals to those in need.”