Probably, this is why people just tend to mind their own business and stay away from others. A worker was suspended after he rightfully rescued a cat, but the problem for the phone company was that he used work equipment.
Maurice German, who works in American telecommunications company Verizon, was on duty in a neighbourhood in Port Richmond, Pennsylvania, when someone requested him to help rescue a cat called ‘Momma’ – who was stuck on top of the pole for around 12 hours.
Amanda Fairchild Boyce, neighbour of Momma’s owner, explained that the owners did try to rescue the cat themselves, but had no luck.
Then German used a boom lift to reach Momma and brought the pet down safely before returning the cat to the owner.
However, German was quickly suspended for 15 days by the company for using the company’s equipment.
Verizon spokesperson Rich Young told CBS Philly: “We take no joy in this job action.
“However, we’re committed and responsible for keeping our employees and customers safe while working in a particular area.”
Verizon said its field technicians must participate in safety training exercises so as tokeep workers and customers from any harm.
Young added: “Unfortunately, while this employee’s goal was admirable, he potentially put his life and those around him in jeopardy.
“While our actions may not be popular, it’s in the best interest of our employees and the communities we serve.”
Outraged by what happened to German, the local community has since rallied together – with two GoFundMe pages set up to raise what German would have earned in the 15 days he was suspended for.
One of the pages set up by German’s colleague, Keith Morales, reads: “The $4,650 (£3,500) goal is the equivalent of the 15 days (3 weeks) pay that Maurice will forgo for simply being a human being looking to help one of our 4 legged friends.
“Thank you in advance for your donation, and please remember that no donation is too small.”
Amanda Fairchild Boyce also launched a GoFundMe page, which has accumulated more than $2,400 (£1,800) goal, raising almost $3,000 (£2,300).
She wrote: “Last weekend a Verizon employee came to the rescue of a cat (Princess ‘Momma’) outside of my home stuck on top of the telephone pole for 12 hrs. After numerous attempts to find support, no one could help. That’s until Maurice German and his team showed up!
“This generous man is now being punished! Maurice is being suspend from his job for saving an animal. Let’s support Maurice for his good deed while his employer punishes him!”
Meanwhile, Verizon spokesman Young also added that Verizon is making a donation to the Pennsylvania SPCA in Fishton, to contribute towards the animal rescue efforts the charity does.