Convenience Store Chain Dropped the Ball

Feb 06, 2003

By George Anderson

Cindy Sherlin was doing her civic duty when she called 911 from her job at a Wilco convenience store to alert police she had spotted a wanted fugitive in the store.

Three days later, Ms. Sherlin was out of a job after being fired by her employer, WilcoHess, a 230+ convenience store chain with locations in Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The reason given for Ms. Sherlin’s dismissal was that the company was seeking to protect her and fellow employees from danger.

WilcoHess president, Steve Williams, now says the company made a mistake. Mr. Williams told the Raleigh News & Observer the company “dropped the ball” with its handling of Ms. Sherlin’s situation. “We need to do the right thing, and we want to apologize to Ms. Sherlin about the way things were handled.”

Mr. Williams added, “Unfortunately, we didn’t support her. Ultimately, I’m the responsible party. We’ll do anything we can to help her find continued employment and to assist her in her education.”

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on this

We’re the first to admit that we live in a society that
has gone litigation mad and limits need to be set. That is why we’re happy that
WilcoHess says it will do the right thing by Ms. Sherlin. If they don’t, we
hope she sues the %@$+@&#$. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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