School lunch lady fired for giving free meal to a hungry child

School lunch lady fired for giving free meal to a hungry child
Darlene Bowden (credit: KPVI)

Bah, humbug! Christmas spirit, shmistmas spirit! Rules are rules.

Happily, it appears that Dalene Bowden, of Pocatello, Idaho, is coping well with the fact she was fired from her job as a lunch lady at Irving Middle School for daring to feed lunch to a poor, hungry child.

“I truly loved my job,” Bowden told station KDSK, then added, “I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again.”

Bowden was working as a server last Tuesday when a 12-year-old girl told her she didn’t have any money and was hungry. “So I handed her the food, and said ‘here, we’ll take care of it in a minute,'” Bowden said.

But Bowden’s supervisor saw what happened and called her aside. “He said I was on permanent leave until he called me — I should not call them, he will call me,” she said. “And they never called me… then I got the letter.”

The letter.

It was written and signed by the school district’s director of human resources, who informed Bowden she was being terminated “for theft.”

By the way, in case you’re wondering: The cost of the meal she “stole” was $1.75.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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