Manager Tries to Fire Mom for Missing Work While Son’s on Life Support

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In case you needed a reminder that there are some truly, truly repulsive people in this world, I present to you the story of the manager who tried to fire an employee for taking time off because her son was on life support.

It seriously boggles my mind that I even had to type that last sentence, let alone that someone actually DID that, because seriously how can anyone be that heartless?

Crystal Reynolds Fisher is an employee at PS Food Mart in Michigan. After her manager – identified as a woman named Dawn – refused to give her time off to be with her son (who, again, was on freakin’ life support!) despite the fact that she gave 48 hours notice, Crystal posted their exchange to Facebook, where it quickly went viral.

Crystal wrote, “I’m just letting you know that my son is still on life support so until he is out of the [bed] I will not be able to make it to work, I can let you know as soon as he starts to get better so I can return to work with no problems.”

Dawn responded by saying if she couldn’t come into work, “that’s quitting.”

Crystal tried repeatedly to explain to Dawn that her calling out doesn’t constitute a desire to quit, and that her son’s life was LITERALLY on the line. But do you think Dawn was having any of that?


Instead of trying to find even the smallest iota of sympathy within herself, Dawn accuses Crystal of causing “drama” and reiterating her stance that calling out means quitting. How is this a human being that exists on our planet right now?

Crystal then tries to get Dawn to imagine if the situation was reversed and it was her son on life support instead. Once again, Dawn responds pretty much the way you’d expect a garbage person to answer.

Now, in the spirit of fairness, I will concede to Dawn that bills do keep piling up no matter your circumstance, and, like her, I also prefer to keep myself busy in times of stress. But still, you don’t tell a mother that a grocery store job (or any job, honestly) is worth more than her son’s life.

Not surprisingly, Crystal’s post quickly went viral all over Facebook. It eventually caught the attention of the folks at PS Food Mart, who promptly announced that Dawn had been fired.

Photo Credit: PS Food Mart

We’d like to follow up on the issue brought to our attention recently regarding how an employee time off request was handled by one of our managers. We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company. For that, we are very sorry.

As a result of this finding, we took quick action and that manager is no longer employed by PS Food Mart. We have also reaffirmed to our employee that she will be able to take all the time off that she needs during this difficult period. We’d like to thank the public for their concern.

How about that? Dawn was so eager to take away someone else’s job that she ended up losing her own instead. A local news team tried reaching out to her for a statement, but she had “nothing to say.”

As for Crystal? She says she’ll be praying for Dawn.