73-Year-Old Veteran says Cracker Barrel Fired him After he Gave a Muffin to a Needy Person

Cracker Barrel says 73-year-old Joe Koblenzer violated company policy but the Vietnam veteran says he was just doing the right thing. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Cracker Barrel says 73-year-old Joe Koblenzer violated company policy but the Vietnam veteran says he was just doing the right thing. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

A gesture of kindness cost a 73-year-old veteran his job at a Venice Cracker Barrel, reports WWSB-TV.

Joe Koblenzer has been working for three years as greeter for the restaurant. “It’s a fun job; a job really suited to me,” he told the station.

When a man who looked like he was homeless came by two weeks ago, Koblenzer didn’t think twice about helping him. “He looked a little needy,” said Koblenzer. “He asked if I had any mayonnaise and some tarter sauce. He said he was going to cook a fish.”

Koblenzer didn’t hesitate to help the man, bringing him tarter sauce packets. “I got it for him. As I walked out I put a corn muffin in.”

He thought the good deed was done, until his manager asked to speak to Koblenzer in the office. “The General Manager called me in and said he had some bad news for me. Joe we are going to have to let you go.”

Koblenzer admits it was his third strike. Two years ago he was written up for getting a fountain drink on the job and a second time he gave a cup of coffee to woman, though Koblenzer insists she paid for it.

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SOURCE: CBS Tampa

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