Memorial is a time to give thanks to the millions of men and women who have fought and died for this nation. One man tried to honor them by wearing a marines shirt to work on Monday, and he lost his job because of it.
Joey Schell, 18, wore the shirt to his job at a Little Caesar’s pizzeria in Tennessee, and his manager was not happy about it. Schell says he was immediately written up and told to leave the restaurant for wearing a T-shirt that said “United States Marines” on it.
“I decided to wear a U.S. Marines shirt to work, because usually on holidays we’re allowed to dress up,” Schell said, according to Infowars. “It’s one of the holidays I’m most passionate about, because I’m planning to become a Marine. I was trying to say Memorial Day matters to me.”
Schell acknowledges that his shirt was against restaurant policy, but he figured his manager would let it slide because they are usually relaxed about the dress code on holidays.
“We had a manager dress up as a deer one year for Halloween,” he said. “Like a doe. She had antlers, face paint last Halloween. We had another girl dress up as a black cat. On St. Patrick’s Day people changed their hats.”
When the manager on duty informed Schell that he would be written up for wearing the shirt, the teenager said he was prepared to take any consequences for this offense.
“I told her I would take the write up and I would go home for this,” Schell said. “(They said) if I leave that counts as me being terminated from the store.”
Disgusted, Schell left the store feeling like his bosses were disrespecting veterans everywhere.
“I said, ‘To me this is important to stand up for and I will go home,” he recounted.
A spokesman for Little Caesars said that while Schell did violate policy, they didn’t fire him at all.
“The employee arrived at work wearing attire that does not comply with the written uniform policy,” the spokesperson said. “The employee was asked to change into the approved uniform. He refused, and then walked off the job during his shift.”
The restaurant added that Little Caesars was founded by a marine, and that they are committed to honoring veterans all over the country.
“Little Caesars was founded by a Marine and supports the military in a variety of meaningful ways, including a Veterans store ownership program,” the spokesperson added. “The franchise partners at this location are military veterans, who support all members of uniformed services and have been good citizens in their communities.”
Schell told the press that if he could do it over again, he would still wear the shirt regardless of the consequences.
“Yes sir,” the high school student said. “I don’t see any problem with wearing a Marine shirt.”