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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.
By Owen Boss

Salem, Mass. – Should we help others in need even when the rules say we should not?

A 7-Eleven clerk's decision to give a homeless stranger a free cup of coffee on a cold night has incurred the wrath of her employer, WCVB reported.

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 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.

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Igor March 23, 2014 at 08:57 AM
I wish everyone would go read the story at http://www.wcvb.com/news/711-worker-off-job-in-salem-for-giving-cold-homeless-man-coffee/25020508#ixzz2wiXPHEnF , not quite the way the Patch tells it.
Tammy Osier March 23, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Igor, my understanding is that the manager confronted her the next day and that's where the problem escalated.
Igor March 23, 2014 at 03:27 PM
That's not the impression the Patch gave "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. " Notice the words on the way out the door. So if the manager confronted her the next day and she paid for the coffee, she obviously had no intention on paying or he wouldn't have had to confront her.
Tammy Osier March 23, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Exactly. Wonder where the mix up begins on some of these stories...
John April 12, 2014 at 06:55 PM
Patch stories are always a little vague. It's almost as if they want you to surmise the missing pieces and then let the games begin.

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