A Vietnam veteran from Florida recently lost his job at Cracker Barrel restaurant after he gave one of their customers a corn muffin.
According to a statement from Cracker Barrel, Joe Koblenzer worked for the company for over three years and over that time had given out food to customers four times, OpposingViews reports.
Koblenzer said that the customer had asked for sauces because he was going to cook a fish. When he got the man his sauces, he threw in a corn muffin to be nice because it looked like he had “fallen on hard times.”
“He looked a little needy,” Koblenzer said.
When the manager found out he called the veteran into his office and fired him for violating the company’s policy another time.
“It’s a rule,” Koblenzer said. “They legally can do this because I did break the rule. I completely forgot about it. I am a host at Cracker Barrel with a little above minimum wage job.”
He had been previously reprimanded for pouring himself a fountain drink while on the job and for giving a customer a cup of coffee, even though he ended up paying for the drink.
Koblenzer said that he misses seeing his regular customers and the employees that he met while working at the restaurant. He also misses the stars they would give out to employees to put on their aprons for doing a good job.
“At 73, I was really proud of doing this,” he said. “I was really proud of getting those stars.”