Pregnant Manager Held At Gunpoint And Fired From Popeyes Offered Her Job Back (Video)

A possible happy ending is in store for a pregnant fast food manager in Texas who was terminated after being robbed at gunpoint.

Marissa Holcomb was fired by her superiors at Popeyes in Channelview, Texas, after a man came into the restaurant on March 31 brandishing a pistol and demanding Holcomb give him all of the money from the safe, KHOU reported.

While Holcomb could not access the safe, she gave the thief all of the money from the register – about $400 total.

The entire incident was captured by security cameras. No one was injured.

Z&H Foods, which owns the Popeyes franchise, gave Holcomb two options: reimburse the stolen money or be dismissed from the company.

“I told them, ‘I’m not paying. I’m not paying nothing,’” Holcomb told KHOU. “I just had a gun to me, I’m not paying the money.” Z&H Foods owner Amin Dhanani said Holcomb was terminated because she left too much money in the register on multiple occasions, violating company policy.

Holcomb contended Popeyes’ weekly special of $1.19 for a 2-piece chicken meal was the reason for the substantial amount of money in the register. Dhanani ultimately apologized to the pregnant mother of three and offered Holcomb her job back.

“He just apologized and he pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,” she told KHOU.

Z&H Foods released the following statement on the matter:

We deeply regret the way this matter was handled. We are committed to continuing to work with Ms. Holcomb, and we apologize to her, our employees, the public and other franchise operators of the Popeyes system.

We have let them down and are committed to do better.

Popeyes’ corporate office released a statement of their own, which read in part:

We recently became aware of a story in Houston involving a Popeyes restaurant and employee. The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand.

We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation.

While the facts are gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused.

Holcomb has also been offered $2,000 in back pay, but is not sure if she will return to the fast food joint. “I do need a way to support my kids,” she said. “But I don’t want to go back to a business where I’m going to be treated the same and then I just get pushed back out if something else happened.”

h/t: Raw Story

Do you think Holcomb should have been fired in the first place?

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House Report: IRS Prioritized Bonuses And Union Activity Over Customer Service

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report Wednesday showing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prioritized bonuses for employees and union activity in the face of budget cuts.

Entitled “Doing Less with Less: The IRS’s Spending Decisions Harm Taxpayers,” the committee’s findings were staggering. They include:

  • This IRS made a 73 percent reduction in user fees allocated to customer service, and a 6 percent decrease in total funding for taxpayer assistance.
  • The IRS awarded $60 million in bonuses to its employees, at a time when the IRS did not yet know what its budget would be for fiscal year 2015.
  • The amount of time IRS employees spent on union activity would allow for over 2 million additional taxpayer-assistance calls.
  • If the IRS contracted with private debt collectors it could increase its own enforcement budget by more than $100 million every year.

The report comes just one week after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said his agency could not handle customer demand:

Customer service – both on the phone and in person – has been far worse than anyone would want. It’s simply a matter of not having enough people to answer the phones and provide service at our walk-in sites as a result of cuts to our budget

“At all times, but especially during tax season, the IRS should put the taxpayer first. But instead, the agency cut funding for the very customer service that taxpayers rely on. The IRS has a lot to answer for, and the Ways and Means Committee is going to hold it accountable,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., lashed into Koskinen even further during a hearing of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Wednesday.

The IRS has blamed the decline in customer service on budget cuts. But Congress didn’t cut the IRS’s budget for taxpayer assistance from 2014 to 2015.

Let me repeat that. The amount of money Congress appropriated to the IRS for taxpayer assistance was the same this year as last year, but the level of service has decreased drastically.The Commissioner himself has said that taxpayer assistance this year is quote ‘abysmal.’

h/t: Fox News

Do you think the IRS needs reforming?

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Report: FBI In Cahoots With VA To Prevent Veterans From Getting Guns

A new report shows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) colluding with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prevent veterans from exercising their Second Amendment rights to bear arms using not only medical information, but banking methods too.

The memo from February 2012, first obtained by The Daily Caller, is entitled “MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.”

The document states that the VA must provide health-related information of veterans to the bureau:

VA will provide an encrypted compact disc exchanged via mail to the FBI no less than quarterly for, inter alia, inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

A separate “frequently asked questions” document said the “VA provides the Department of Justice a monthly list of individuals who have been rated by VA as being unable to manage their VA benefits.”

“A monthly CD” is sent by the VA information technology center in Austin, Texas, to the FBI. On the CD are new names of veterans added to the watch list. While the number of veterans “fluctuates,” as many as “129,440 beneficiaries were in the program as of July 12, 2012,” according to the memo.

Changing banking methods could also get you on the list, the publication noted. Even agents with the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will confiscate veterans’ firearms. “I was getting real sick from the medications they had me on,” veteran Douglas Szklarski told The DC.

I pretty much lived in bed. Somebody brought me a joint. I started using cannabis. It started turning me around immediately. So I said I wouldn’t [take the VA pills] anymore. They said you have to take them. They deemed me incompetent.

“I’ve had like nine doctors say I wasn’t incompetent and they still went after my guns,” Szklarski added. “ATF came to my house. I had to surrender them.” Szklarski noted he appealed the VA’s decision and only “just got” his guns back.

This report comes after a letter submitted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking several questions about the VA’s questionable policy.

Do you believe in the Second Amendment?

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Former Clinton Foundation Employee With Ties To Muslim Brotherhood Sentenced To Life In Prison

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation for five years was sentenced to life in prison last week.

Gehad El-Haddad was sentenced for supporting an Islamist protest against the military-led ousting of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, The New York Times reported last Saturday.

LinkedIn/Gehad El-Haddad

Image Credit: LinkedIn/Gehad El-Haddad

The Times reported 35 defendants, including El-Haddad’s father and Morsi’s former foreign policy adviser Essam El-Haddad and Mohammed Soltan–an American citizen–were given the sentence by Judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata.

El-Haddad worked as the Muslim Brotherhood’s “senior adviser and media spokesman” shortly after Morsi’s election in 2013 up until his arrest. He had worked as the Clinton Foundation’s city director from August 2007 to August 2012, reported The Washington Free Beacon. This is how the publication profiled him at the time:

El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation.

El-Haddad hailed these accomplishments with the Clinton Foundation on his LinkedIn profile:

  • Representing the foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative in Egypt
  • Setup (sic) the foundation’s office in Egypt and managed official registration.
  • Identified & developed program-based projects & delivery work plans
  • Built & maintained a communications network with more than 50 public organization (sic).
  • Supervised policy-making workshops & presented foundations (sic) views

The profile also said El-Haddad formally joined Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party in May 2011 as a senior adviser for foreign affairs, overlapping for more than a year during his tenure with the Clinton Foundation.

His work with the two groups also overlapped while he was in charge of the Renaissance Project, a Muslim Brotherhood economic recovery program.

Just over a week after El-Haddad’s conviction, Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Egyptian court.

h/t: Allen West

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Watch: Chris Matthews Is Not Happy The Republicans Are Attacking Hillary Clinton

On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.

This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:

We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.

It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.

The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:

Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.

Matthews: This thing being this book.

Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.

Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.

As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.

Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.

Matthews: Early.

Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy

Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.

h/t: Newsbusters

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