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Cry-Baby of the Week

This week: A woman set fire to her apartment because there was a spider in it and a Cracker Barrel fired a guy for giving a free muffin to a homeless man.

by Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
Jul 4 2014, 3:40pm

It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:

Cry-Baby #1: Ginny Griffith

The house where the fire took place. Screencap via Google Maps

The incident: A woman found a spider in her house. 

The appropriate response: Ignoring it, killing it or putting it in a glass and throwing it outide. Varies from person to person and spider to spider, really.

The actual response: She started a fire to kill the spider, almost burning down her duplex.

Last Friday, Hutchinson Fire Department in Hutchinson, Kansas were called out at 1:36am to deal with a fire in a duplex.

According to Hutch News, when firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from under a woman's front door. When they entered the residence, they found a pile of smoldering clothes. The blaze was quickly extinguished.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but there was some smoke damage to the building. Obv it could have been a lot worse had the fire department not arrived and dealt with it. 

The woman living in the apartment, 34-year-old Ginny Griffith, was arrested and charged with aggravated arson.

According to local police, Ginny told officers that she'd set fire to a pile of towels in order to kill a spider. She is currently being held on a $7,500 bond. 

It's unclear whether Ginny was succesful in killing the spider. 

Cry-Baby #2: Cracker Barrel

The incident: A man who worked in a restaurant gave a free muffin to a homeless person. 

The appropriate response: Asking him to pay for the muffin and not to do it again, if it bothers you. 

The actual response: He was fired. 

Until recently, 73-year-old Vietnam veteran Joe Koblenzer was a server at Cracker Barrel in Venice, Florida.

About 2 weeks ago, a "homeless looking" man entered the restaurant and asked Joe if he could have some condiments. "He looked a little needy. He asked if I had any mayonnaise and some tarter sauce. He said he was going to cook a fish,” Joe told CNN

Joe gave him the condiments, and also threw in a free corn muffin. Speaking to Fox and Friends, Joe said, "He was happy, I felt good about it."

This didn't sit too well with his bosses. “The general manager called me in and said he had some bad news for me,” said Joe. “We are going to have to let you go.”

Joe had worked at the restaurant for three years. 

According to Joe, had previously received two warnings from his bosses for similar things. Once for taking a sip of coke while working, and another time for giving a free cup of coffee to a customer. "The lady had eaten there and was on her way out and the table was cleared and she asked if she could get a coffee to go," explained Joe. 

Joe says he understands why the restaurant fired him, “It's a rule. They legally can do this because I did break the rule. I completely forgot about it. I am a host at Cracker Barrel with a little above minimum wage job." 

"They have their rules and I broke their rules, a moral issue comes in," he added.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Cracker Barrel said: "Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company's policies and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated. Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer's service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families."

The other two warnings that Cracker Barrel say they gave to Joe were not specified.

During his interview with Fox and Friends, Joe was asked if he felt giving the man the muffin was worth it, and he responded "yes, it was worth it. I would do it again." 

Which of this lot is the bigger cry-baby? Let us know in this poll down here:

Who is the bigger cry-baby?

Previously: A woman who got a man fired for dancing vs. a guy who burned down a bakery because he locked himself out of his car.

Winner: The woman who hates dancing!!!

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