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After Fighting Off Robbers, Starbucks Employee Fired, Sues

A former Starbucks employee has filed a lawsuit against the chain, alleging that he and his co-workers were fired after they fought off two robbers.

The incident occurred at a Starbucks in Missouri on December 17th, when two people, Joshua Noe, 37, and Marquis Porter Doyle, 35, attempted to rob the store. BPR I will report.

“I thought I was going to die that day. They came in and told me it was a robbery. They started approaching people and demanding things,” said Michael Harris, 20, who worked at the drive-thru. ) told local broadcaster KSDK.

Harris, along with co-worker Devin Jones-Ransome, eventually decided to fight back after realizing one of the robbers tried to pistol-whip Harris in the head with a fake gun.

“That trigger is gone,” Harris noted.

As reported, Riverfront Times“During the fight, police allege Noe and Porter-Doyle each punched one of the victims in the face.”

“Nonetheless, people at the Starbucks were able to subdue Noe and take him into custody, according to the police incident summary. Mr. Porter-Doyle fled before police arrived, but officers soon captured him. discovered,” the newspaper reported.

Despite successfully fighting off the would-be robbers, Starbucks notified Harris of his termination.

“They fired me,” he told KSDK. “They never told me why I was fired. They said I was, so I had no choice but to accept it.”

Both Harris and her attorney, Ryan Krupp, are looking for answers.

“They didn’t create a dangerous scenario. They just did what they had to do in that scenario,” Krupp told the station.

“It happens quickly. It is impossible for an individual to face danger, attempt the possibility of death for themselves or others, and once they are hit or fallen, they cannot defend themselves. ” he continued.

“It is a fundamental principle of the laws of this country and this state that when you are faced with a life-or-death situation, you have the ability to protect yourself,” added attorney Robert Thomas Topping.

In a statement to KSDK, Starbucks said Harris and his co-workers failed to follow its employee policy of de-escalating and complying with perpetrators.

“The safety and health of our partners (employees) and customers is always our top priority. All partners would like to reassure us that we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our customers and partners under these circumstances. “We expect you to follow the protocols we have developed for you,” the company said.

“Upon hire and once a year thereafter, all partners undergo de-escalation training. Part of that training includes armed robbery scenarios, in which partners respond to requests and potentially de-escalate the situation.” We are asked to avoid certain actions and statements.”

Mr Harris said: new york post He is currently unemployed and is struggling to pay off his college tuition.

“That job helped pay for my college tuition,” he said. “I just don’t get it. I thought it was the right thing to do.”

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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributor to Christian Headlines and host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast dedicated to sound doctrine and Biblical truth. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary.

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