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Eunice Jasica Allegedly Fired from KFC for Being Homeless

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Eunice Jasica claims she was fired from a Tupelo, Miss., KFC after the owner discovered she was homeless.

Jasica has been staying at the Salvation Army lodge since December after she lost her job. Hit hard by the recession, Jasic had been a bus driver for 27 years and also served as security for Bloomingdales.

On Mar. 11, she was relieved to get a job offer to do "prep work" at the North Gloster St. KFC, but she says when she came in to pick up her uniform the job was off.

She says store manager Chelsey Ruff withdrew the job offer Monday. “He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” Jasica said. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”

Ruff later told the Clarion Ledger that he couldn’t hire the 59-year-old because she appeared too old to lift boxes and had no food prep experience.

Ruff claims he has hired Salvation Army residents before. He told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Jasica was never formally hired and the “mix-up probably came when she thought she was hired in the store.”

“KFC Corporation believes in a culture of respect toward all people, and we abide by all applicable employment laws,” KFC spokesman Rick Maynard told HuffPost in an email. “The restaurant in Tupelo is operated by an independent franchisee who shares our beliefs, but is responsible for making hiring decisions for the restaurant he owns.”

Jasica received at least five job offers after the KFC incident on Mar. 18. She has since been tentatively hired Tuesday by On Time Transportation to shuttle Medicare and Medicaid patients to and from their doctors’ appointments. She is currently in the final stages of the application process.

“We need a good, dependable driver and a good, dependable person, and she has those qualifications,” said office manager Yoland Baskin said. “She’s very eager to work.”

Baskin called the firing from KFC “just awful.”

“She had several people call and say, ‘I’ll hire you,’” Gilbert said. “We’ve had other individuals call and say, ‘What can we do for her. What are the needs?’”

Two dozen people live at the same Salvation Army lodge. The agency’s direct of social services Susan Gilbert said their was an outpour of support for Jasica.

“She had several people call and say, ‘I’ll hire you,’” Gilbert said. “We’ve had other individuals call and say, ‘What can we do for her. What are the needs?’”

Gilbert said she has sent other residents to apply for the job offers Jasica has turned down.

Sources: Huffington Post, Clarion Ledger