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article imageGoodwill fires cashier for giving discounts to poor people

By Mike White     Sep 30, 2013 in Business
Naples - A cashier at Goodwill was fired for giving half off discounts to the poorest customers of the store. The store at first considered filing grand theft charges against the teenager it had fired but then decided not to.
The charitable organizations accepts donated goods and then sells them in thrift stores to generate funds for employment and job training programs, according to the consumerist.com.
Reportedly, nobody told the clerk it was okay to sell items for half off to the needy. Nobody told him not to do it either. According to the article, when somebody in need of clothing and little money came to the store, the teenager sold the clothing for whatever money the customer had.
"Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it," the teenager commented.
Kirstin O'Donnel, a spokesman for Goodwill, told television station WBBS that giving an unauthorized discount is the same as stealing. The spokesman reportedly said that those who run the stores don't intend to give a "hand out" but attempt to give a "hand up" by giving funding.
The fired teen reportedly said his "heart was in the right place," but his "head was in the wrong place," reported opposingviews.com.
On its website, Goodwill reportedly pledges to "treat all people with dignity and respect."
The vast majority of used clothing and other items given to Goodwill were donated for free.
The teenager had worked at the store for two weeks before the incident.
The store the incident happened in is in Naples, Florida, reported dailykos.com.
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