Salem 7-Eleven Clerk Scolded For Giving Cold Homeless Man Coffee

Job offers from other area convenience stores have been flooding in ever since her story aired on the news.

The 7-Eleven on Norman Street in Salem.
The 7-Eleven on Norman Street in Salem.

A local 7-Eleven clerk's act of compassion for a stranger and the response it prompted from her boss is causing a stir in Salem, Mass., after the teen's story aired on WCVB Boston.

Ava Lins, 19, told WCVB reporter Liam Martin that her boss, Romany Yousseff, threatened to fire her after he found out she handed out a free $1 cup of coffee to a freezing homeless man on a cold night last week. 

But it doesn't look like she'll be going back - Lins took to Facebook Tuesday morning to let her friends know she's decided to quit after a flood of job offers came in from other area convenience stores. 

"Waking up just as overwhelmed as when I fell asleep," Lins posted. 

According to the WCVB story, on Thursday, March 13, Lins let a homeless man pass with a hot cup of joe  and had to lie for him when he was confronted by Yousseff on the way out the door. 

The overnight low in Salem that night was 15 degrees

"My boss ... grabbed his jacket and began screaming and yelling, 'Did you pay for this? Did you pay for this?' And I lied for him, I said, 'Yes,'" Lins told WCVB.

When Yousseff double-checked and found out Lins wasn't telling the truth, he cut her hours, she said. 

After Martin's story aired, Yousseff said he received numerous angry phone calls and later decided Lins could keep her job at the Norman Street 7-Eleven.

Now some local customers are taking to social media to organize a boycott of the downtown Salem store while others are pointing out that the Lifebridge shelter is just a block away. 

What do you think? 

Let us know in the comments section below.
Robert March 20, 2014 at 04:54 PM
No attitude, just he facts. The clerk stole from her employer to give to a homeless man. That's called theft, not charity.
Sue Waligroski Mcdaniel March 21, 2014 at 04:06 PM
if a diabetic came into the store with an insulin attack and needed sugar and she gave it to him/her without buying the coffee or gave that person a cracker donut etc... would you consider that stealing just wondering lol and how cold was it outside?
Boris Pickets March 21, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I see that the homeless guy is getting a completely free ride on this one.... He stole a coffee, she was complicit and the manager has a good eye for when something is not right.. Then the employee took it up a notch and LIED to her employer(who obviously does not like being lied to) about the scenario . I understand why he got angry...His own help lied to him. He was right from the get go. I think the homeless man should be charged with petty theft or just told to stay away and the employee should be let go or reprimanded. If anything she needs to learn to fund her own charitable endeavors. As for the manager he sounds like a jerk but he certainly did nothing wrong.
roger boulay March 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM
i don't believe the homeless man stole anything....the girl gave him a cup of coffee and she is a representative of the store so she actually did the stealing and the homeless man is probably guilty of receiving stolen goods....off with their heads.....


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