CHANNELVIEW, Texas – A pregnant Popeyes manager says she was fired after she refused to pay back money that was stolen during a robbery.
“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb told KHOU. “I just had a gun to me, I’m not paying the money.”
Surveillance video shows a man coming into the restaurant with a gun and wearing a face mask.
Holcomb says the armed robber forced her to open the register when she couldn’t open the safe.
The robber got away with nearly $400, according to KHOU.
A spokesman from Popeyes said that Holcomb wasn’t fired for not repaying the money, but because she left too much cash in the drawer.
“They got what they got because that’s what we made within one hour,” Holcomb said.
Holcomb says one of her managers gave her an ultimatum after the robbery: Pay the money back, or lose her job.
“I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family because what I had to do to keep my life,” she told KHOU.
After a local news station ran Holcomb’s story, the restaurant reached out to her.
“We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand. We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation. While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused,” CEO Cheryl Bachelder said.
Now, she is not only being offered her old position, but also $2,000 in back pay, according to KHOU.
But now she wonders if going back is the right decision.
“I do need a way to support my kids,” she says. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”