A furious Michigan mom shared the text exchange she had with her boss on social media — and it saved her job.
On Thursday, Crystal Fisher rushed her son, Jason, to Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall for a bacterial infection, reports WXMI. Fisher explained:
“He [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.”
His oxygen was low and he had a fever of 104 degrees before he was placed on life support:
“Then a doctor finally came out and took me into a private room and said that they had to ventilate my son, that he is on life support. All they knew is he had an infection somewhere.”
Fisher said at the time of the incident her first priority was her son, not her job. After she lost her husband in 2015, her only concern was to monitor Jason’s recovery.
The next day, she told her daughter to call her boss earlier in the day to let her know what was going on.
The mom recalled her daughter’s conversation with her manager:
“She said ‘can you have somebody cover mom for [Friday], my brother’s really sick, they’re going to have to ventilate him.’
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.’”
She told the news station she was “shocked” by her response, but stayed focused on her son.
The next day, she reached out again to update her on the situation:
“I text 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 automatically came back with ‘oh so you’re letting me know you’re quitting.’”
The manager was less than sympathetic, so frustrated the mom shared the conversation on Facebook.
So my son is on life support and I tell my boss 48 hours before I am to work again that I will not be able to work until my son is off life support and this is what she tells me!
Her post was shared 40,000 times and caught the attention of Folk Oil corporate offices.
The company apologized for the incident and fired the manager. PS Food Mart wrote:
Today we were made aware of a situation at one of our locations where an employee was told that they could not get time off to care for a hospitalized child.
We investigated and have found that the situation was handled improperly and without the compassion that we value as a company. For that, we are very sorry.
As a result of this finding, we took quick action and that manager is no longer employed by PS Food Mart.
Fisher is grateful. She can now take as much time as needed to focus solely on her son.