A mother from Albion, Michigan learned that some people lack empathy and are not afraid to show it. When her son was put on life support, Crystal Fisher texted her boss asking for some time off, but the heartless manager shot back with some of the cruelest things you can imagine. That’s why Crystal decided to share images of the text message exchange on social media so the manager could face the wrath of the general public.
Back in 2015, Fisher thought she faced the hardest challenge of her life. She had to bury her beloved husband. However, not long later, her son became very sick and needed to be put on life support at the hospital. Although these family issues were extremely difficult, her manager had no sympathy for her situation and demanded her presence on the job – or else.
“It’s hard. It’s hard,” she told WQAD. “I have people in my inbox telling me how strong I am, and I’m trying so hard.”
Her son had a fever of 104 and was not getting enough oxygen. This meant that Crystal had to rush her beloved son to Oaklawn Hospital when she was supposed to be going to work.
Crystal started experiencing panic attacks because of her son’s declining health. That’s when Crystal’s daughter called the boss at P.S. Food Mart to alert her that Crystal’s son was on life support and would not be able to make it to her shift that day.
“She said ‘can you have somebody cover mom for (Friday), my brother’s really sick. They’re going to have to ventilate him,” Crystal remembered her daughter said on the phone with the manager. “And the boss, I could hear her over the phone, and she told my daughter, ‘this ain’t the way we run things, your mother needs to be the one calling me.’”
Because Crystal was trying to support her ailing son, she was shocked.
Hours later, the boy’s fever got worse, and he needed other help.
“(The doctor) came in and told me that they were going to have to tube him and transport him to (University of Michigan). I lost it. That’s my kid.”
Things kept getting worse for her son. On Saturday, Crystal texted her boss.
“I texted her Saturday and said ‘hey just letting you know that I’m not going to be able to come to work until further notice at least until he’s off life support,’” she said. “She automatically came back with ‘oh so you’re letting me know you’re quitting.’”
Crystal was shocked.
“No, so you’re telling me I’m fired?”
The boss shot back with venom, “This isn’t how we do things, so I’ll accept that you’re quitting.”
When the manager’s horrible cruelty was shared on social media, PS Food Mart issued a statement:
“We took quick action, and that manager is no longer employed by PS Food Mart. We have also reaffirmed to our employee that she will be able to take all the time off she needs during this difficult period.”