Manager Fired Over Heartless Text Messages to Worker With Child on Life Support

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ALBION, Mich. — A Michigan mother shared a text message exchange with her boss — and it went viral.

Crystal Fisher told WXMI she always thought that burying her husband back in 2015 was the hardest thing she’s ever done. However, seeing her son on life support in the hospital was the absolute worst for her.

“It's hard, it’s hard,” she said with her voice shaking. “I have people in my inbox telling me how strong I am and I’m trying so hard.”

On Thursday, Crystal rushed him to Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall. He had a fever of 104 and his oxygen was low.

When Crystal started having panic attacks, her daughter called her boss at P.S. Food Mart to let her know what was going on.

“She said ‘can you have somebody cover mom for [Friday], my brother’s really sick, they’re going to have to ventilate him,’” Crystal recalled her daughter saying to her boss over the phone. “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.’”

Crystal was shocked but continued to focus on her son. Later that day, within hours of being at Oaklawn, the doctor said Jason needed additional help because his fever wasn’t breaking fast enough.

“He came in and told me that they were going to have to tube him and transport him to [University of Michigan],” she said. “I lost it. That’s my kid.”

When Crystal arrived in Ann Arbor and tried to her see her son she wasn’t allowed to she said. She remembered seeing doctors everywhere and panicked even more.

“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,” Crystal said. “All they knew is he had an infection somewhere.”

The doctors didn’t know what type of bacterial infection it was or where it was coming from, she said. Nonetheless, they kept him on a ventilator. Saturday, Crystal reached out to her boss again.

“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,'” Crystal said. “She automatically came back with oh so you’re letting me know you’re quitting.”

Crystal was shocked. She replied by saying ‘no, so you’re telling me I’m fired?’ Her boss responded ‘this ain’t the way we run things.’ Furious, Crystal posted the exchange on Facebook and within a day it had been shared 25,000 times.

“My 14-year-old she was like ‘mom, mom so many shares.’ And I’m like I did not expect it to take off like this,” Crystal said. “But when I have people in my inbox ‘hey I’m from Australia praying for you, you know, I’m just, I’m overwhelmed.”

One of the thousands of people to see her story was the Folk Oil corporate offices. They contacted her and told her to take as much time as she needed. They also fired her boss. Crystal was grateful. She can now focus solely on her son.

“My concern is when my son does wake up and when he does open his eyes, he sees mommy there,” Crystal said.


  • Starr Panative

    You heartless people better pray you are never in the same situation. When things like this happen normal thought goes out the window. Who knows why that child is so heavy. Did it ever occur to you soulless people the kid may have other issues? Perhaps medication that causes weight gain? Not to mention she lost her husband 3 years ago. May God bring empathy to your hearts.

  • Bob Calvey

    Don’t know whole story i am sure there is more but i don’t think a text was appropriate she should have called and explain Ed the whole situation not excusing manager but a text was not acceptable

  • jimbrony

    As with all things, there are two sides to every story. From face value it appears that the boss is cold and heartless, but I can tell you that there are plenty of problem employees that are nothing but drama and excuses. The employee sure has had to endure some hardships. But really, a text message to say I won’t be in – and I’m so concerned about my son – but I have plenty of time to post things on Facebook and make a circus out of this.

    • jimbrony

      Watch the video. Maybe if her son didn’t weigh 400 pounds he wouldn’t have health problems.

      • donald fox

        So what he is over weight…. are you saying skinny people or healthy weight people dont have health issues? That is a moronic statement.

      • jimbrony

        The fact that I even have to answer this is sad. Overweight? Saying that that poor young man is overweight is like saying Dr. J. was an OK basketball player. This guy is morbidly obese and will suffer the rest of his life with weight related illness and afflictions. Show any health care professional his picture and ask them if they think his size is healthy for anyone. I implied nothing about skinny (relative term) people being healthier, you did. Didn’t pay attention during health class, did you?

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