A Meijer superstore greeter says he was fired after he rushed out of the store to help a man put out a fire that had erupted on the dashboard of his van.
David Bowers says he quickly put out the fire and returned to his job in Gaylord, Mich.
The store director later called Bowers into his office and suspended him for his actions.
“The one supervisor told me that my heart was in the right place, but my brain was not,” Bowers said.
Later that week Bowers was fired because he hadn’t followed company protocol.
"The safety of our customers and team members is a top priority at Meijer," Meijer said in a statement to Up North Live. "We have a very specific protocol in place for our team members to follow when emergencies occur and we can't allow any deviation from the policy that could put our customers or team members at risk."
The man who Bowers helped, Ken Kuzon, says he’s thankful that Bowers put his needs first.
"My truck would've been completely burned. That fire was going," Kuzon said.
"When the guy came in and said his dashboard was on fire I grabbed the fire extinguisher and I followed him outside and sure enough his dashboard was on fire," Bowers said.
"I just think it's ridiculous. Why should you be penalized for being a good samaritan," Kuzon said.
Bowers said he had been suspended from his job several years ago for leaving his post to chase a shoplifter, but he doesn’t understand why he lost his job.
"I thought that was what we were supposed to do. You know, you have somebody that is in need, don't you help them? But I guess not," Bowers said.