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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Vet Joe Koblenzer Is Fired From His Job At Cracker Barrel For Giving a Homeless Person a Corn Muffin
He admits it was against the restaurants rules, but says he thinks it was the right thing to do.
          
   Joe Koblenzer   
Cracker Barrel Fires Veteran Over a Muffin
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VENICE, FL (CNN) " A 73-year-old veteran says he was fired from a Cracker Barrel restaurant for giving a needy man a few condiment packets and a corn muffin.

He admits it was against the restaurants rules, but says he thinks it was the right thing to do.

For the past three plus years Joe Koblenzer has put on his brown and yellow Cracker Barrel apron and greeted those who come in to the Venice location. Its a fun job. A job really suited to me, Koblenzer said. Two weeks ago the 73-year-old says a man who looked like he might be homeless came through the doors. He looked a little needy. He asked if I had any mayonnaise and some tartar sauce. He said he was going to cook a fish, Koblenzer said. The man whose job it is to be friendly obliged. I got it for him. As I walked out I put a corn muffin in, Koblenzer said.

That gesture apparently cost Koblenzer his job. The general manager called me in and said he had some bad news for me. Joe we are going to have to let you go, Koblenzer said.

He admits hes been written up before. Two years ago for getting a fountain drink on the job and a second time for giving a cup of coffee to woman. He claims she actually paid for it. Rules are rules. Its a rule. They legally can do this because I did break the rule, Koblenzer said.

Now the Vietnam vet who was trying to supplement his social security is the one down on his luck. Hurt me? Oh yeah it has, Koblenzer said.

The debate over the seriousness of the event and the subsequent firing has started a fire storm online. In recent days the story has gotten out on Facebook. Pages like the Venice Scoop and even the restaurants own page. While some are saying its the companys right the establishments reviews have plummeted with more than 30 negative comments about the firing. I feel badly it shines a bad light on the company. I would not want that on any company but it happened, Koblenzer said. Koblenzer says hes sad over the situation and misses the regulars and employees hes gotten to know. Earning the maximum amount of stars on his apron for performance achievement and responsibility.

You know what? At 73 I was really proud of doing this. I was really proud of getting those stars, Koblenzer said. He says, yes it was against the rules and yes they have a right to let him go. But morally it still feels like it was the right thing to do. I dont think I will be working for a corporation again, so I dont know if that will ever come up. Ha, Koblenzer said. Joe says he is looking for a new job but not quite sure yet what he will do.

A Cracker Barrel spokesperson provided the following statement: During the time he was employed, he violated the companys policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the companys policies and the consequences associated with violating them. Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzers service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families.

 
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