McDonalds denies workers comp for hero employee who took a bullet to save patron
Jesus, this is outrageous. A 21-year-old minimum wage employee at a Little Rock Arkansas golden arches was a hero — he was shot inside the McDonalds while trying to protect a patron who was being beaten. He was denied a workers compensation claim:
A representative of the administrator for McDonald’s workers compensation plan explained that “we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett’s injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment.”
WTF? Now this is the dumbest corporate move I’ve seen in a long time. How much time and money is McDonald going spend trying to address all of the bad press it’s going to get for this BS? I’m sure a lot more than it would be to pay out Mr. Haskett’s claim. After all, this was no bullet grazing.
Haskett has since undergone three abdominal surgeries and has incurred over $300,000 in medical bills.
…”McDonald’s position now is that during thirty-minute orientation Mr. Haskett and the other individuals going through the orientation were supposedly told that in the event of a robbery or anything like a robbery . . . not to be a hero and simply call 911. Mr. Haskett denies that anything like that was even mentioned during orientation or at any time during his employment with McDonald’s.”
Did I mention that when the report of this came out and surveillance video was released of the incident, McDonald’s actually charged copyright infringement and had it pulled from YouTube. Are these people nuts? It’s like the company wants to throw gas on the bad PR fire.
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