Convenience Store Clerk Calls Firing Unfair

Convenience Store Clerk Calls Firing Unfair

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This surveillance video shows store clerk Tyler King being robbed with a gun pointed directly at him.

"Mostly fear. I was like please don't pull the trigger. that's all I was thinking about," he said.

Tyler says he's thankful he has his life, but now he has no job.

"I got the phone around 10 o'clock the next morning. That my manager called me and told me I had been let go. And I was like for what? I know I had too much money in my safe, but I didn't have enough time to drop the money that was in there to get it to the right amount. Just kinda disappointed and upset," he said.

The district manager couldn't speak on camera because of company policy, but tells me they have a rigid policy about only having 75 dollars in the register. Tyler had $169 bucks in the drawer at the time. His manager says letting the robbers get away with more money than they should puts other clerks in danger as well as leading criminals to believe they can get away with more.

The district manager also says that Tyler was on his cell-phone and sitting on the counter before the robbery happened.

"I just don't feel like it's right that he got fired for something he had no control over," said Kristal Platt.

Platt is a close friend of Tyler's. She and her fiance took him in after finding out he was homeless. It took Tyler over a year to land the job as a service station clerk and Kristal thinks the company's firing is excessive. Meanwhile, Tyler admits he made a mistake.

"Don't take your eyes off the door, and that's what I made a mistake on," he said, and believe a lesson has been learned.

"God is there when you need him. God will protect you as you go through life, even through the hard times," said Tyler.

Tyler had been on the job for about two and a half weeks, and is expecting to get his first paycheck tomorrow. The district manager for the service station says she's considering closing the lobby and installing a window for employees to help customers during the hours of 10pm and 4am. Mobile police are still searching for the suspects.

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