7-Eleven clerk who gave homeless man coffee sacked

(Issei Kato/Reuters files)

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, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

A 7-Eleven clerk in Salem, Mass., says she was fired for giving a homeless man a free $1 cup of coffee last Thursday.

"He was freezing," Ava Lins, 19, told NewsCenter 5. "You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month."

So she said she offered him a small cup of coffee, which would normally cost about a dollar.

Then, she said, her boss came in.

"My boss...grabbed his jacket and began screaming and yelling, 'Did you pay for this? Did you pay for this?' And I lied for him, I said, 'Yes,'" she said.

But when the boss pressed the issue, Lins confessed.

Then she was taken off the work schedule.

When first contacted for comment, Lins' boss Romany Youseff told NewsCenter 5 he couldn't let employees get away with stealing.

But after facing a public backlash, he said he's had a change of heart and Lins can come back to work this week.

"I told her it's OK. Everyone forget it. It's OK."


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