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A 74-year-old convenience store clerk was filmed defending herself against a thief during a shift, but her boss said he didn’t believe it happened the way she described it and told her. fired, she said.

Beverages in a convenience store refrigerator.Rena Goldman

  • A 74-year-old Colorado woman said she was fired from her job as a convenience store clerk after explaining a theft to her boss.

  • Mary Moreno had tried to fend off a thief in October 2020 who entered the store during her night shift.

  • But her boss, she said, did not believe the theft had happened as Moreno described it.

A 74-year-old woman says she was fired after telling her boss at a convenience store that a thief who walked in during one of her shifts had a knife on him, CBS Colorado reported.

The woman, Mary Moreno, said a thief broke into Circle-K in Westminster, Colorado, where she worked during one of her night shifts when she had to work alone, CBS Colorado reported.

Moreno said a man walked in holding “two hunting knives,” according to CBS Colorado, and asked him for cigarettes.

“He kept insisting ‘you have to give them to me.’ He said ‘you have to give them to me,'” Moreno said.

She refused to hand over the cigarettes, then the man walked around the counter towards her. So Moreno, in an effort to push him away, said she “pushed his arm” and he “took off,” CBS Colorado reported.

“I was shaking so much I couldn’t hold myself back,” she said. “I just wanted to get him out of there.”

After the incident, she told her boss what happened and said he didn’t believe it, she said, despite the video footage from the night.

“He took me to the office and he said, well, I don’t see a knife, because he watched the video, I guess. And I said, ‘Well, there was a knife'” , said Moreno.

The boss, she said, insisted that Moreno apologize. When Moreno refused, she was fired. Now she is taking legal action against the store.

“I don’t do it for the money. I do it because of how they treat their employees,” she said, according to CBS Colorado.

Prior to the flight, Moreno said she had been a good Circle-K employee for 16 years.

“I went above and beyond what they expected of me,” she said, according to CBS Colorado.

But then a new management took over and her boss suddenly started scheduling her shifts so that she worked alone in the store and during the night hours without breaks.

Couche-Tard, which acquired Circle-K in 2003, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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