Vietnam veteran fired from Cracker Barrel after giving needy customer a muffin

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VENICE, Fla. — A 75-year-old man and Vietnam War veteran claims he was fired from his job at Cracker Barrel for giving a needy man condiments and a corn muffin.

According to WWSB, Joe Koblenzer said he’s worked there for about three years, greeting customers at the entrance. Koblenzer said a man who appeared to be homeless came in asking for mayonnaise and tarter sauce. He gave the condiments to the man, along with a muffin.

He then received notice from his manager that he was fired.

Koblenzer said he’d gotten in trouble before for getting a soda while working and for giving coffee to a woman.

Cracker Barrel provided WWSB the following statement regarding the incident:

“During the time he was employed, he violated the company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counseling and written warnings reminding him about the company’s policies and the consequences associated with violating them. Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer’s service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families.”

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