The Cracker Barrel employee who got fired the fifth time he gave away free food without permission. Also, the media is annoying me by framing it as "BUT HE ONLY GAVE AWAY ONE TEENY TINY MUFFIN. I GUESS CB WANTS PEOPLE TO STARVE TO DEATH"
Yeah, the part that gets left out is that the guy who came in there said, 'Hey, I'm going to cook a fish. Can you give me some tartar sauce to go with it?' and the employee not only did so, he tossed in a corn muffin because it would taste good with the fish!
Seriously? If you're fixing dinner and you need condiments, go to the grocery store; don't go to a restaurant and ask them to give you some! The 'customer's' request was completely ridiculous, and the employee should have said, 'Sorry, we sell food here, we don't give it away.'
If, for some reason, he felt this guy deserved pity, he could have purchased some tartar sauce and a corn muffin, and given it to him. But the employee didn't want to do that...he wanted to be Lady Bountiful without it costing him anything.
I applaud restaurants that participate in food recovery (such as Chartwells on my campus, which gives away perishable food items that won't hold over the weekend, on Friday nights, to a student group that then delivers the food to a local kitchen/food pantry), but employees don't have the right to decide their employers will donate merchandise, especially after their boss says, 'Don't do that again.' 'Seriously, don't do it again.' 'I've warned you twice, stop it.' 'Really, I mean it, stop doing this stuff.'