A 74-year-old Colorado woman said she was fired from her job as a convenience store clerk after she explained the robbery to her boss.
Mary Moreno tried to fend off a robber who entered her store during her night shift in October 2020.
However, her boss didn’t believe the robbery happened as Moreno explained.
A 74-year-old woman says she was fired after telling her convenience store boss that she was robbed at knifepoint during her shift. CBS Colorado report.
The woman, Mary Moreno, said a robbery broke into Circle K in Westminster, Colorado, CBS Colorado reported.
Moreno said a man came in with “two hunting knives” and asked her for a cigarette, according to CBS Colorado.
“He kept insisting, ‘You have to give them to me.’ He said, ‘You have to give them to me,'” Moreno said.
She refused to give her a cigarette and the man walked around the counter to her. So, in order to fend him off, Moreno said she “pushed his arm” and he “took off,” CBS Colorado reported.
“I was shaking so badly that I couldn’t sit still,” she said. “I just wanted him out of there.”
After the incident, she told her boss what happened and said he didn’t believe it, despite video footage from the night.
“He took me to his office and said he saw the video and couldn’t see the knife. And I said, ‘There was a knife,'” Moreno said.
Her boss insisted that Moreno apologize. When Moreno refused, she was fired. Now she is taking legal action against her store.
“I’m not doing it for the money. I’m doing it for the way they treat their employees,” she said.CBS Colorado.
Before the robbery, Moreno said she had been a good employee at Circle K for 16 years.
“I did more than they expected of me,” she told CBS Colorado.
But then a new manager took over, and her boss suddenly started scheduling shifts for her to work alone in the store and without breaks at night.
Couche-Tard, which acquired Circle-K in 2003, did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.
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