This was an interesting story from Idaho. Obviously, there must be more to the story. I think the employee would have had more of a leg to stand on if she would have offered to pay the $1.70 before she was caught giving away the food. But I also know it is heartbreaking when students don't have food to eat or money to pay for the food.
From USA Today:
"Bowden says she offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch, but her supervisor wouldn't accept her money. "I know I screwed up, but what are you supposed to do when the kid tells you that they're hungry and they don't have any money?" says Bowden, acknowledging she was once warned about giving a student a free cookie. 'This is just breaking my heart."Now NBC News reports the school district on Wednesday night issued a press release saying that "in the spirit of the holidays," it has extended "an opportunity for (Bowden) to return to employment'...A petition pressing the district to rehire Bowden had some 78,000 supporters as of Thursday morning."