"I told them I'm not paying nothing," Marissa Holcomb said

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 23, 2015 09:35 AM
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Marissa Holcomb was working as a shift manager at a Channelview, Texas, Popeyes in late March when an armed man in a ski mask came in and robbed the location at gunpoint.

The five-months-pregnant employee was left shaken after she was forced to empty the cash registers – giving the gunman nearly $400. But what really upset her was allegedly being fired shortly afterward because she couldn’t pay the money back, KHOU-TV reports.

The mother claims that the company asked her to reimburse the money stolen. When she refused, she says they fired her. “I told them I’m not paying nothing,” Holcomb told the TV station Tuesday. “I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money.”

She added: “I don’t think it’s right because now I’m struggling for my family. What I had to do [was] keep my life.”

However, a company spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous, says that Holcomb was actually let go for not following company policy by keeping too much cash in the register. He went on to say that he wasn’t aware of her being given an option to pay the money back.

After being fired, Holcomb began applying for other jobs, but she didn’t have much hope. “I mean, who’s gonna call me? I’m five months pregnant,” she said. “The fact [is] I got robbed at gunpoint, and it’s like nobody cares.”

But the company quickly realized its mistake and on Wednesday offered the mother her job back, as well as $2,000 in back pay, according to KHOU-TV.

“We deeply regret the way this matter was handled,” the company said in a statement. “We are committed to continuing to work with Ms. Holcomb, and we apologize to her, our employees, the public and other franchise operators of the Popeyes system. We have let them down and are committed to do better.”

Holcomb isn’t sure yet whether she’ll accept the position. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she told the TV station. “I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m treated the same and I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”