Arby’s manager gets FIRED after she runs away from knife-wielding robber

An Arby’s restaurant assistant manager has  been fired less than 24 hours after being threatened by an armed robber because  she was alone on duty.

Mary Archer, who worked at the restaurant  chain in East Dayton, Ohio, had to climb through a drive-thru window to escape  the robber, who rang the doorbell armed with a knife just as she was closing up  for the night.

The 56-year-old said she was cornered in the  fast food chain’s office by the man, who repeatedly shouted ‘give me the  money’.

Fearing for her life, she made her escape –  only to be fired the next day for being alone in the restaurant at the  time.

Mary Archer, 56, had worked for Arby's for 23 years - but was fired following the attempted robbery

Fired: Mary Archer, 56, had worked for Arby’s for 23  years before the attempted robbery on Friday night

Late night attack: The Arby's fast food restaurant in East Dayton was attacked by an armed robber on Friday night

Late night attack: The Arby’s fast food restaurant in  East Dayton was attacked on Friday night

The attempted robbery happened in the early  hours of Saturday morning as Archer closed up following a busy night.

Her co-worker had just left at about 12.45am  when, a few minutes later, the doorbell rang.

Ms Archer, who has worked at Arby’s for 23  years, said her first thoughts were that her co-worker had left her belongings  behind – but instead the man burst in demanding money.

She told News Center 7 how she was  cornered in the office, before shoving the man backwards and escaping through  the window, where she screamed for help.

She said: “He held up a knife and kept saying  “give me the money”.

‘I had pushed him away…because I’m like, ‘I’m  not going to die in Arby’s tonight…I’m just not.’

A customer at a nearby shop heard her calls  for help and called the police.

Vulnerable: Archer said the fast food chain has been targeted three times in the last six months

Vulnerable: Archer said the fast food chain has been  targeted three times in the last six months

But although the thief fled empty-handed, the  event ended up costing Archer her job.

The following day she was told she had broken  Arby’s safety and security policy by being alone in the fast food business when  it was robbed.

For this, she was fired less than 24 hours  after the armed robbery – which Archer said was the third attempted robbery  within six months.

The thief was described as about 5-foot-10,  150 pounds and wore a dark colored hoodie, dark pants and a dark wool stocking  cap.

Arby’s told New Center 7 that violations of  its safety and security policy mean termination of employment without  exception.

A vice-president of Arby’s Human Resources  told WHIO TV that ‘he feels bad that Ms. Archer had to go through this’ – but  that she knowingly violated the company’s safety and security policy, and had  been warned before.

Ms Archer added: ‘I don’t want my job  back.’

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