03/18/2014 02:56 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2014

Good News For 7-Eleven Worker Who Was Punished After Giving Coffee To Homeless Man


A compassionate 7-Eleven employee who was in the process of being fired after helping out a homeless man has finally gotten the good news she deserves, NewsCenter 5 reported.

Ava Lins, 19, told the news outlet that she was taken off the schedule at her job in Salem, Mass., after she gave a visibly struggling homeless man a free cup of coffee.

"He was freezing," Lins told NewsCenter 5. "You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month."

But, after Romany Youseff, Lins' boss, learned that she had given the $1 cup of joe away for free, he took her off the schedule and reportedly began the process of letting her go. Once word got out about Lins' "punishment," infuriated community members bombarded the 7-Eleven with phone calls demanding that she get her job back.

Her boss finally relented, and Lins is returning to work Tuesday.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen bosses can employees for doing the right thing.

Last October, Kristopher Oswald, 30, was fired from his job at a Walmart in Hartland Township, Mich., after he broke up a domestic dispute.

When Oswald was on break at 2:30 a.m., he saw a man grab a woman who was screaming for help, according to the Associated Press. Oswald intervened to try and stop the attack. Later, he was fired from his job -- a move that was consistent with the company's policy, Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan told the news outlet.

While the company eventually reversed its decision, Oswald said he wasn’t interested.

"I'm not naive enough to think that everything's going to go back to normal after this," he told AP.



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