Michigan supermarket greeter loses job after saving customer’s van from fire

David Bowers ran into the parking lot of the Meijer’s stre with a fire extinguisher to fight the blaze. The heroic act earned him a pink slip.

(SOURCE)   A Michigan supermarket greeter’s heroic act has cost him his job.

David Bowers used a fire extinguisher to save a customer’s flaming van in the parking lot of a Meijer store, but his bosses were reportedly upset he’d abandoned his position.

“The one supervisor told me my heart was in the right place, but my brain wasn’t,” Bowers told WPBN TV.

Bowers was working the front door of the store in Gaylord, Mich., when the customer burst in, frantically searching for help. Bowers knew he was violating company policy by leaving his post, he said, but it seemed like the right thing to do.

David Bowers says he was fired from his job as a greeter at a Michigan supermarket because he helped a customer put out a van fire in the parking lot.

David Bowers says he was fired from his job as a greeter at a Michigan supermarket because he helped a customer put out a van fire in the parking lot.   WBPN 

“I thought that was what we were supposed to do,” Bowers told WPBN TV. “You know, you have somebody that is in need, don’t you help them?”

Flames were bursting from the dashboard when they got to the van, and Bowers was able to extinguish the blaze before it spread.

The grateful customer, Ken Kuzon, said Bowers saved his ride.

Ken Kuzon's dashboard was on fire in a Meijer's parking lot in Gaylord, Mich., when the store’s greeter raced out with a fire extinguisher to save the day.

Ken Kuzon’s dashboard was on fire in a Meijer’s parking lot in Gaylord, Mich., when the store’s greeter raced out with a fire extinguisher to save the day.    WBPN

“My truck would’ve been completely completely burned,” Kuzon told WPBN TV. “That fire was going.”

Bower’s bosses at the Midwestern chain weren’t impressed. They had previously suspended him for chasing after a shoplifter, and after another week of suspension, they let him go.

Meijer has specific protocol for emergencies, and risky deviations can’t be tolerated, the company said in a statement.

The dashboard of Ken Kuzon's car erupted in flames in the parking lot of a Meijer’s supermarket in Gaylord, Mich.

The dashboard of Ken Kuzon’s car erupted in flames in the parking lot of a Meijer’s supermarket in Gaylord, Mich.    WBPN

Customers lashed out at the chain store on social media, threatening boycotts.

“Your company should be ashamed of yourselves for firing a man coming to the aid of another in putting out a fire that could have hurt far more than your company policy,” wrote one critic on Meijer’s Facebook page. “Unbelievable.”

Kuzon said firing Bowers made no sense.

“I just think it’s ridiculous,” Kuzon told WPBN TV. “Why should you be penalized for being a Good Samaritan?”