Story of veteran fired by Cracker Barrel makes waves on social media

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Was Cracker Barrel right to fire an employee for giving a muffin to someone who "looked needy"?

Cracker Barrel says 73 year old Joe Koblenzer violated the Company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving it away on five separate occasions. Koblenzer says he offered to pay and was just helping someone in need. What do you think?

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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:51 am

VENICE, Fla. -- After ABC 7's Josh Taylor broke the story of the Venice Cracker Barrel firing 73-year-old Vietnam veteran Joe Koblenzer for giving a muffin to what appeared to be a person in need, the news quickly spread online. Multiple news outlets picked up the story, and the public got involved with thousands of comments, Tweets and Facebook posts on the subject.

Was Cracker Barrel right to fire Koblenzer for breaking the restaurant's rules on multiple occasions? Public opinion doesn't seem to think so, and Cracker Barrel has been dealing with a firestorm of controversy on, in other media spaces, and on both their local and corporate Facebook pages.

Here's just some of what people are saying on social media after learning about this story ...

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  • firemom in beaumont posted at 9:42 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    firemom in beaumont Posts: 1

    Though they gave this gentleman a number of warnings, they are a bunch of jerks to establish such policies with their lack of compassion for our citizens of the United States. First, he is a senior citizen who has apparently paid his taxes through the years and is now collecting his nominal social security benefits. Second, he is a veteran. Third, written up for having a soft drink .... seriously!!! Fourth, he was helping out a hungry human being with a simple corn muffin. I assure you that I will not eat at a Cracker Barrel restaurant again! My choice not to, thanks to this veteran who fought for our freedom!!

  • 42lyn13 posted at 6:20 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    42lyn13 Posts: 1

    I am sorry the gentleman was fired, but as in the military, you are to follow orders. He was warned 5 times. If you don't live here you have no idea how many homeless we have and the discord they can cause, sometimes with violence. [sad]


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