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Pregnant fast food manager fired when she wouldn’t reimburse money stolen in armed robbery

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A fast food manager from Texas said she was fired after she refused to pay back money stolen during an armed robbery.

Marissa Holcomb, who is five months pregnant, said a masked man waving a gun burst into Popeyes during her shift March 31 and ordered employees to the floor, reported KHOU-TV.

The gunman then grabbed Holcomb, the shift manager, by the back of the shirt and ordered her to give him everything in the safe, she said.

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However, Holcomb said she was unable to open the safe but was able to give the gunman nearly $400 from the Channelview eatery’s cash registers.

No one was injured in the armed robbery, which was recorded on surveillance video.

Holcomb said one of her managers gave her a choice after the robbery: Repay the money she handed over to the gunman or lose her job.

“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb said. “I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money.”

Holcomb said she was fired less than 36 hours after the armed robbery.

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Z&H Foods Inc. which owns the Popeyes franchise, declined to comment on camera.

But a human resources representative told the TV station that Holcomb was fired for leaving too much money in the register – which she had previously done.

The representative said the company could not confirm that Holcomb had been ordered to repay the money or risk losing her job.

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Officials at Popeyes corporate office in Georgia directed reporters to the franchise owner for comment.

Holcomb said the restaurant had been unusually busy the day of the robbery because of a $1.19 special on two-piece chicken meals, and she said the gunman made off with money made in just one hour.

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Other restaurants require money to be moved from cash registers to limit employee liability for cash, the station reported.

Holcomb said she lost her job at a particularly difficult time, with a fourth child on the way.

“I mean, who’s going to call me?” she said. “I’m 5 months pregnant. The fact that I got robbed at gunpoint and it’s like nobody cares.”

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