Sunday, May 20, 2012

Safeway Execs Are Jackasses!

What would you do if you were in a grocery store, you turned into an aisle, and you saw a man beating his pregnant girlfriend? Would you run for help? How long would that take? Would it be too late by the time security arrived?
Ryan Young worked at the meat counter of a Safeway supermarket. Reports say that when Ryan saw a customer push and kick his pregnant girlfriend last month, Ryan stepped in to stop the beating. 
According to the press, Ryan's actions earned him praise from his local police chief, but not from his employer. Instead of treating Ryan like a hero, Safeway claimed Ryan should have called security and suspended him without pay while it investigates the "altercation." Pending the results of that investigation, Ryan could be fired for good.
Doug Castro is a security guard who shops at the Safeway where Ryan works, and he believes Ryan did the right thing by intervening. That's why Doug started a petition asking Safeway to lift Ryan’s suspension and give him backpay for the income he lost during his involuntary time away from work.  Click here to sign Doug's petition.
Ryan says one reason he felt so compelled to intervene is that he's an expectant dad himself -- his wife is 5 months pregnant. "We're expecting a child," Ryan says. "I've been suspended for just about a month now without pay for doing something I feel was right, that police said was right."
Indeed, local Police Chief Ron Langford told reporters, "In my mind, in this case Ryan did the right thing." 
The police have already turned over security footage of the incident to prosecutors so that the man who beat his girlfriend can be charged, yet Ryan has been suspended for almost a month with no income. Doug believes that if thousands of people sign his petition, Safeway will bow to public pressure and put Ryan back on the job.

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