Gas station clerk says she was robbed then fired for calling police before management

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SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) — A store clerk claims she was fired for not calling management before calling 911 during a robbery.

It happened Tuesday night at the Kwick Stop at Wolverine and Harrison in Shawnee.

“I am shaking, you know. I literally could have just gotten killed in front of a little girl and her mother,” Rachel Ostroske told News 4.

Ostroske said it all happened so fast. She said a quiet evening at the gas station where she worked took a terrifying turn when a man came into the store.

“He comes out of the bathroom and lunges at me," Ostroske said. "He lunges at me and tried to grab me and pull me across the counter.”

Ostroske said she's not sure if the suspect had a gun.

According to the police report, the suspect tried to grab money out of the register and grab Ostroske. However, she was able to push him off of the register and herself.

According to Ostroske and the report, he got away with a few cases of beer, but no cash.

Ostroske called 911 and then called the store’s manager.

“She told me that the first person that I should have called was her and not 911 and that that is the company policy is to call the manager on duty first and then 911,” Ostroske said.

Ostroske claimed she was then fired because of that.

“At that time, I had two friends that had shown up at the store as well,” Ostroske said.

One of those friends was Lisa Smith.

“They were telling her that anything that was stolen was going to be taken out of her last check, which I’ve never heard of a company doing that,” Smith said.

News 4 stopped by the store and spoke with the manager who claims these allegations aren’t true and claims Ostroske wasn’t fired that night. She said Ostroske was fired the next day for not showing up to work.

However, Ostroske maintains that her side of the story is the truth.

“I’m sorry, store policy? What would have happened if I got shot and killed and the little girl and her mom,” Ostroske said. “I don’t feel like a human being right now.”

So far, no arrests have been made.

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