RICHARDSON, Texas – A fast-food restaurant employee says she is grateful that her boss foiled a robbery (search) by hitting one of the attackers with a hammer.
However, by the time she returned to work a few days after the Sept. 18 robbery at a Long John Silver's (search) seafood restaurant in Richardson, her boss had been fired.
Company officials said the supervisor had endangered the employees' lives by violating rules that require cooperation with robbers.
The teenage worker told The Dallas Morning News for a story in Wednesday's editions that she never got a chance to thank her boss.
"I can understand the company policy saying that he shouldn't have put our lives in jeopardy, but we were already in jeopardy," said the worker, who along with her boss requested anonymity from the newspaper because one of the robbery suspects remains at large. "He did what he had to do, and I'm thankful. There's no way to know what would have happened if he hadn't. I was shocked when they let him go."
Police say two men — one with a mask — burst into the restaurant, forced employees to the ground, then led the supervisor to the back of the restaurant. Fearing for his life, the supervisor picked up a hammer and hit the masked man. Both men fled, and the money was recovered. Days later, the manager was fired.
On Tuesday, Raymond Demond Clayborne (search), 21, of Dallas surrendered to Richardson police and was booked in the Richardson city jail on suspicion of robbery. His bail was set at $50,000.
Even Clayborne's grandmother can't understand why the supervisor was fired from Long John Silver's.
"I don't think he should have been fired," Charlene Miles said. "I think I would have done that too, if it had been me. That's instinct."