A Quebec retailer has fired a single father of three for taking discarded chocolate bars from a garbage can at the store where he worked.
Guy Masse, 47, a welfare recipient who had worked at the Zellers store in St. Hyacinthe for only a short time, had planned to give the discarded chocolate to his children, aged 6, 9, and 15, for Christmas.
Masse was suspended and later fired for his actions, Canadian Press reports.
Masse told a Montreal radio station he thinks his dismissal was "inhuman."
A spokeswoman for Zellers, part of the Toronto-based Hudson's Bay Co., said Masse should have notified his supervisor he was taking the chocolate out of the garbage.
"It's a very unfortunate situation. We would never have willingly let an associate go at this time of year without just cause," Hudson's Bay spokeswoman Hillary Stauth told Canadian Press. "Unfortunately, this associate breached the trust of his supervisors by removing merchandise from the store, and as a result, he was let go from his position."
The Masse family's plight prompted a local charity to come to their aid.
A spokesman for Montreal's Sun Youth Organization said the Masse's family will be provided for this Christmas. "This family will have a Christmas that they deserve--food on the table and gifts for the kids," Sun Youth's Tommy Kulcyzk told radio station CJAD.
Source: Canadian Press via the Toronto Star