Cafeteria worker fired for giving student free lunch
Pocatello, ID —
A cafeteria worker at an Idaho school is out of a job this morning.
She says she was fired because she gave a free meal to a middle school student who said she didn't have any money.
Dalene Bowden was working as a server at the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District when a 12 year old girl told her she didn't have any lunch money and was hungry.
So she handed the girl the food and told her they'd take care of it in a minute.
Bowden's supervisor saw what happened and reported her. Bowden said she offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch, but her supervisor rejected her offer.
Bowden said, "He said I was on permanent leave, until he called me. I should not call them. He will call me. And they never called me. I got the letter."
She says the letter advised her she had been terminated for "theft."
Bowden has now hired an attorney and an online petition in her favor is growing.
When contacted, the school district declined to comment saying it was personnel matter.