Single mom fired for giving baby free Timbit.. will now get her job back!
Nicole Lilliman, 27, was rehired after she was dismissed by Tim Hortons for giving a fussy child a free Timbit.
A London, Ont. woman will be getting her job at Tim Hortons back after being fired for giving a free Timbit to a toddler.
A statement issued by the company’s head office Thursday said the person who fired Nicole Lilliman, 27, went too far and that the single mother of four has been reinstated.
“Unfortunately the action of the manager of this location was not appropriate," the statement read. “With an apology from management Ms. Lilliman has been rehired by the franchisee. We sincerely apologize to our customers for this unfortunate incident."
Tim Hortons customers interviewed in London were less than impressed upon hearing of the firing.
“They’re not going to go broke giving a child a Timbit," one woman told A-Channel London. “Shame on them."
Timbits are small balls of glazed dough that sell for $0.16.
Lilliman has said she didn’t think much about giving the Timbit to the 11-month-old child, who came in with a regular customer on Monday. She said staff members often give Timbits to pets and children and that she was trying to calm the child.
Lilliman had worked at the store for about three years. She said was greeted by three managers when she arrived at work on Wednesday, who confronted her about the free gift after watching surveillance footage taken in the restaurant.
Uncomfortable with returning to the store from which she was fired, Lilliman will now work at another Tim Hortons location just down the street, company spokesperson Rachel Douglas told the Canadian Press on Thursday.
No decision has been made on whether action will be taken against the manager who fired Lilliman, said Douglas, adding she does not believe the manager’s actions are ground for dismissal.
There is currently no company-wide policy on giving away free Timbits.