An octogenarian Walmart worker was apparently fired for very a ‘petit’ offense — pocketing a dollar bill that someone dropped on the store floor, according to a reports.
Frankie Ruffino, 84, of Texas worked as a greeter at a Walmart in Brenham for nearly a decade, but was fired from the gig the day after she found the buck, she told KHOU.com.
“I found a dollar bill on the floor, just one dollar bill,” Ruffino recalled to the news outlet, adding that she discovered the single bill lying in the aisle as she was getting ready to close up.
Ruffino picked up the bill and put it on her walker before she went home that night, she said.
The next day her managers asked to see her.
The manager asked: “‘Did you find some money yesterday?’ I said ‘yes, I picked up a dollar bill, here it is right there,’” said Ruffino.
The following day Ruffino was hit with a crushing blow.
“She said, ‘I need your badge and your vest,’” the grandmother said. “‘You have been let go because of your integrity.’”
“I said, ‘How am I going to push my walker and walk myself outside,’” said Ruffino. “I needed the job to take care of myself.”
Ruffino, who has worked for 70 years, said she relies on her Walmart job to pay for her medication and the oxygen tanks she requires.
She also claimed that in her nearly 10 years of service to Walmart, she’s kept a spotless record.
“I was hired as a greeter, which is what I wanted to be,” Ruffino told the news outlet. “I gave it my all, that’s all I can say, never came late.”
Walmart refused to respond to a request for comment by KHOU.com, saying the store does not comment on personal matters.