Bakery worker sacked for paying for elderly customers who only had cash

A woman who has been working for Birds Bakery in Nottingham has been fired for taking cash from customers then using her own card to pay for it.

Megan Metcalfe was sacked by the company which had stopped taking cash payment for hygiene reasons due to Coronavirus.

In total she took around £180 in cash.

Megan said: ‘I realise what I was doing was against company policy. But they had picked up the items and already gotten to the till ready to buy them.

‘There’s no way I could let an elderly man or woman walk away telling them they could not buy it because they didn’t have a card. They had also already handled the stock so that would have to be binned or cleaned.’

She said: ‘I was just trying to do the right thing. I am really upset by it of, course. ‘I worked at Birds for 44 years and 25 of them as a manager.

I was told I was endangering staff members’ lives by doing what I did. ‘At no point did money transfer hands. It was straight into my purse and then I put the payment through on card and showed them the receipt. ‘I should not have done it but I don’t like to let people down and a lot of these customers depend on us, coming to us every day.’

Bosses at the bakery business said it was ‘with regret’ they had to dismiss Megan because of her actions.

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