Washington Public Employee Fired Over Fruit Pie Suing City

June 7, 2013

A Bridgeport, Wash. public works employee who was fired by the mayor for shoplifting a $1.69 fruit pie is filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.

Mayor Marilynn Lynn told The Wenatchee World the value of the theft didn’t matter; she fired David Greer for committing a crime.

Greer’s wife says he put the cherry pie in his pocket as his arms were full of other snacks that he paid for at a market. The 55-year-old was caught and cited for shoplifting. After he wrote a letter of apology to the store owner the ticket was dismissed in April in Bridgeport Municipal Court.

Greer has worked for the city for 21 years. His firing prompted a protest demonstration last month at a city council meeting.

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