October 24th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Ohio fast food employee is fired after fleeing robber

Mary Archer had been held up twice before at the Arby’s restaurant in Fairborn, Ohio, where she was the manager on duty, her daughter said. She came away unscathed both times.

But after the third robbery Friday, when a man with a knife entered the store and demanded the assistant manager turn over the restaurant’s money, her boss fired her.

“I just never thought that this would happen to me, especially since my life was at stake,” she told CNN affiliate WHIO.

Archer was terminated for staying at the restaurant by herself, “long after hours,” which is in violation of Arby’s franchise security policy, said John Gray, vice-president of corporate communications for Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

The store location where she worked is a franchise that is not corporate-owned, he said.

Archer was not injured in the attempted robbery, even though she got into an altercation with the knife-wielding intruder.

“I had pushed him away,” she said, “because I’m like, I’m not going to die in Arby’s tonight. I’m just not.”

She screamed for help through the drive-through window, then jumped out of it to get away from the man, who fled. Someone heard Archer and called police.

Later, Archer signed a document her supervisor handed her, stating that she had violated security policy.

It was the end of her employment. January would have marked 23 years with the company, she said.

She crumpled up the security notice out of frustration.

“She had been warned in the past and had received a written warning that if she did it again she would be terminated,” Gray explained, saying that the policy was to preserve employee safety.

Archer said she was at the restaurant late, because she was closing up shop. Then she heard someone at the door.  It was the man with the knife.

“We have no alarms, no cameras,” she said. “That should have been nipped in the bud that very first attempt.”

Archer’s daughter told WHIO the store had been robbed three times in the past six months and that her mother had been on duty each time.

“I don’t want my job back,” Archer said.

She is happy to be alive.

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  1. Texas Marine

    So Obama wants to take away this woman's 2nd Amendment right to defend herself. Had she been armed, the first robbery would have been the last. Vote Romney and protect women and your rights

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      Banning assault weapons is a far cry from stripping people of their 2nd amendment rights. At every opportunity, Obama has expanded the rights of gun owners.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      you would be from Texas... You are what is wrong with this world.

      And before you go calling me a crazy liberal, I don't support Obama.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • SSE

      So you really think her manager would encourage her to bring a personal, concealed weapon to work? Would you feel safer in a workplace knowing that all of your coworkers are packing heat? Is that truly your view on the subject? Have you actually thought this through or did you let your pet monkey type on the computer again?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Anton Pierce

      If you are really a marine and not just a pathetic wanna be then you are an embarrassment to the corps.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      What the world needs. Gunfight at the OK Corral (at Arby's) with two idiots shooting at each other. It was only a matter of time before some narrow monded fool would turn this discussion into an opportunity to step up on the soapbox about Romney. She should have just prayer the robber away as well, right?

      October 24, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • bgstroud

      Texas M, I dare not attatch marine to your name, because anyone as ignorant of you can't be a REAL marine. I guess you are just a marine wanna be. Just like Romney is a president wanna be. What, you mad because they kicked your sorry butt out of basic training or are you just one of those guys who promotes guns because your OWN little gun that you were born with is so SMALL ?

      October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • mcannata

      Morons rule in Texas

      October 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. jayman419

    You're not supposed to open the door, sight unseen, without at least asking "Who is it?" Especially if she had been a real victim of two other robbery attempts, you'd think security would be something she would be quite concerned about. Yes, a camera or something might be nice. But it's no excuse to ignore common sense.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Anton Pierce

      Michael J. I think it's bed time for you little boy. Why don't you toddle off and let adults discuss this.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. IndianaGreg

    I'm sure they're reading this **eye-roll**

    October 24, 2012 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Geez, 23 years and only an assistant manager? The promotion ladder must be like the one from 'Coming to America"s McDowells

    October 24, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      anyone stupid enough to be alone in the store after-hours after being robbed twice in 6 months doesnt deserve a promotion

      October 24, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • SirJonesHimself

      Hahahaha! McDowell's indeed!

      October 24, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Sounds like an inside job. If not then the employee was stupid for her actions. Why was she hanging around at the store? I'll show my support to Arby's by going there soon!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Charlie

    Why is this even a story if the person was clearly in violation of policy?
    For many other possibly obvious reason, I am boycotting fast food. Cook and prepare real meals, save money, eat better and live happier!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. harpman

    Headline is very misleading. She was fired for violating a policy, not for fleeing. They should have alarms and video cameras.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. GiggleFart

    Yeah! Silly woman going the extra mile to keep her job in a down economy! Dumby should have waited till in the morning when the manager arrived to find left over food laying all over the kitchen to get fired...

    October 24, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • hasenstein

      You obviously did not read the article at all, only the headline – which was cunningly made to catch people like you, because it has NOTHING in common at all with the actual content of the article.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Zac

    So the owner, I'm guessing from the years of hospitality experience I have, made it impossible for her to accomplish everything she would need to do during the scheduled hours, and then pulled this on her after the robbery. Does Mitt Romney own this franchise?

    October 24, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • GiggleFart

      Well it hasn't been outsourced to China so I assume not.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • TiredOfPaying

      Only because Mitt has yet to figure out how to oursourse Service jobs. Give his handlers time... after all they have made tremendous strides with the MittBott2012 model of service droid that they have currently running for election.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephan

      What you state make be true, but you have no proof at all this was the case.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Edward C.

    One thing I have learned from retail; don't get your night duties done in time, and you pay the price. So she got fired for being in the store too late huh? She would have just been fired for leaving night work for the morning shift had she left early. Either way, she pays the price.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Simple solution: an employee stays with her.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimmynog

    She had been warned. Twice. I don't see a story here.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      because you can't see depth. The restaurant owner is the one that says how many people they want to pay to be on duty, not an assistant manager. Arbys knows this full well. They shut her up. She should sue, she could not just leave when she was the only one on shift she would lose her job.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    Why did they not hold the franchise responsible for not having more than one person on shift? Oh I know it would cut into their bottom line, and that's all that matters. How about a court case that cuts into their bottom line? Yup that's how you stop that! They should have striped the franchise away from the restaurant owner. The owner is the one that refused to pay a 2nd person to be on duty at the time. Arbys did not hold the right person accountable because they would make less money if they did. Arby's needs to be held accountable by the courts!

    October 24, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • SirJonesHimself

      Did you even read the story?

      October 24, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      If you notice in the story, it was AFTER hours, so there was supposed to be NOONE on duty, much less a 2nd person. That's why she was fired...

      October 24, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephan

      What shift are you talking about, the place was supposed to be closed....

      November 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kenna mae reese

    She was not wise nor compliant .

    October 24, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Thenextstep

    WOW !!!.........23 years and an ASSISTANT manager....... I'll bet she has a little more than just box springs and sheets between her mattresses.........

    October 24, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Luther

    What about the restaurant? Robbed three times and the owner STILL doesn't have ANY security measures in place. How many times does this have to happen before something like cameras or alarms are installed. Seems to me the owner of this restaurant doesn't care about his business or his employees.

    As far as her getting fired, if there are policy's in place that she violated, then she was in the wrong. If I owned the place and she was not in some way involved in the robbery, I would not have fired her. The way I see it, she has given me 23 years. How many people these days would stay in the fast food industry for that long?

    October 24, 2012 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Macko Jasison, PhD

      **She was fired for being alone in the store.** NOT for fleeing. And had been warned previously. Sounds like someone who cannot follow the SIMPLE rules.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee-Anne

      Who says there aren't cameras? People rob stores all the time with cameras in them. She was not fired for fleeing. She was fired for being in the store alone...AGAIN! Sorry, no sympathy. Policies are in place to prevent these things from happening in the first place. My local Starbucks won't even open if someone is late and only one person in store. They must have 2 in store to open according to their policy. Common sense. Funny how the headline of this story seems to be very misleading.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Luther

      I agreed with the reason she got fired. She was the one that said there were no cameras or alarms. If she had not stayed to finish her work then she would have just been in some kind of trouble the next day for not getting it done. She was screwed either way it seems. I would have done the same thing, finish my work then go home. She must have been doing something right or she would not have been there for 23 years.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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