This is unreal.
Marissa Holcomb was recently fired from a her job at a Houston Popeyes, just days after being robbed at gunpoint while she worked.
Surveillance video shows that a man with a beanie covering his face walked into the location on March 31 and, threatening them with a gun, forced Holcomb and her coworkers to lie on the floor.
“By the back of my shirt, he pulled me up and he pushed me to the front. He told me to give him everything out of my safe,” Holcomb told KHOU 11 News.
Employees are only able to open the registers, so the robber made off with about $400.
Her manager told her that she had to pay the money back or she’d be fired.
“I told them I’m not paying nothing. I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money,” Holcomb said.
The owner of Z&H Foods Inc., which owns the Popeyes franchise, wouldn’t comment on camera.
A spokesperson for their human resources department, however, said that Holcomb was constantly breaking the rules by leaving too much money in her register–this wasn’t the first time, which is why she was fired. The spokesperson claimed that if Holcomb had been given the option to pay the money back, they were not aware.
In her defense, Holcomb explained that they were robbed during a particularly busy time and she emptied out her register as much as she could.
Unemployed now and searching for a job, she has little hope that she’ll find one. She and her family now have to survive on her husband’s income alone.
“I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life,” the mother of three, who’s also five months pregnant with her fourth child, said.