When a Michigan mom received little compassion at work after her son was placed on life support, she turned to social media.
Crystal Reynolds Fisher shared a series of “heartless” text messages that she received from her manager at PS Food Mart in Michigan after Fisher informed her of her son’s illness, the Daily Mail reports.
Now, the manager is out of a job, and Fisher has been given as much time as she needs off work to be beside her son’s hospital bed.
Fisher said her son Jason, 18, was placed on life support Saturday at a hospital in Ann Arbor. She said he has a serious infection, possibly cellulitis sepsis.
When she texted her boss at work to let her know about her son, Fisher said she was shocked by the “heartless” responses she received.
According to the report:
In Fisher’s first text to her boss, Dawn, she explained that once her son, Jason, starts to get better that she’ll let her know when she can come back to work.
Dawn replied: ‘That isn’t how we do things, so I’ll accept that you’re quitting.’
A shocked Fisher then asked how things are done and if she was being fired because her son’s condition.
‘If you can’t come to work that’s you quitting,’ the manager wrote.
Fisher told her manager that she wanted to let her know ahead of time, but the woman still told Fisher that she would accept that she’s quitting.
‘There is no reason you can’t work and I will not tolerate drama. End of conversation. If you aren’t there to work your shift tomorrow then I take that as you’ve quit,’ the manager wrote.
Fisher later shared the text conversation on social media, and tens of thousands of people shared it as well. She said people across the world also have been emailing her with well-wishes and prayers for her son.
PS Food Mart apologized publicly to Fisher and told her that she will be allowed any time off that she needs to be with her son. The company said Fisher’s manager no longer works for them.
“We are sympathetic to anyone, especially our employees that have a loved one in the hospital,” the company statement said. “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.”
Fisher said she will pray for her former manager.