Kimball told the Valley News: “I quietly said, ‘Tell (your) mom you need money’”.
Despite the boy paying the tab the next day (March 29), Kimball was fired. The food vendor explained in a letter that the district manager witnessed Kimball violating their company’s “cash handling procedures, the school’s charge policy and federal regulation governing free meals.”
Kimball had worked for the company for five years, and told Valley News that she’d been following her direct supervisor’s orders to avoid causing a scene, as the company, named Cafe Services, was vying to have its contract with the school district renewed.
She claims she’d been told by her boss to give food to students who couldn’t pay, and then tell them they needed money on their accounts.