Last month a Nebraska high school lunchroom employee named Bonnie Kimball allowed a student to put eight dollars worth of food items on his tray that he didn’t have money for.
Kimball let the student go through and told him to pay the money back the next day, which he did.
A week later Kimball was fired.
The district manager of Cafe Services said Kimball’s act of kindness was actually theft and she had violated federal and school policies.
Two of Kimball’s coworkers quit in protest of her firing.
Since her firing, school officials have had a change of heart and want to rehire Kimball, plus pay her back for the days she missed.
Kimball refused to take the offer.
School district officials say the incident has led them to review and reevaluate its food policies going forward.
As for Kimball, she may not be out of a job for long.
Today famous chef Jose Andres announced he wants to hire her.
Andres runs a nonprofit organization that provides millions of hot meals worldwide to people struck by disaster.
He calls Kimball a “hero” and says if she needs a job to hit him up on Twitter at @thinkfoodgroup.