Posted on July 24, 2014
As those of you who are keeping up with Debra's story will have noticed, there has been a lot of conflicting information about whether Debra was or wasn't fired from her job at McDonalds. Here's what I can tell you:
There was a major miscommunication between Debra and her store manager about her employment status. Debra was out of work for a number of weeks, and when she told her attorney that she had been let go, she absolutely believed that to be true. However, she was recently invited to return to full time work in her previous position. Debra is a shift manager who has worked at McDonalds for five years. I spoke to her about her job this morning, and she told me that while it's hard work, she likes working there and is excited to return.
There was also misinformation, which I unintentionally helped spread, about which McDonalds Debra works at. A lot of media and internet sleuths assumed that she worked at the McDonalds right behind the park. Well, you know what they say about assuming things... Debra actually works a few miles south of there in Augusta, GA. While the park where Regina played was not super close to Debra's work it was close quite close to their home - about seven tenths of a mile away. I have removed the erroneous map from the gallery and while I think a map showing the distance to Debra's home from the park would be equally telling, I'm not going to post that out of respect for Debra's privacy.
When I started this fundraiser, I had no idea if Debra was working or not, if she was on minimum wage at McDonalds or a manager, or if she had one kid or five. And frankly those details make no difference to how I feel about her case or about her receiving this money. However, if anyone who donated feels that they have been misled, please contact me via the ask button or at [email protected]
and we can talk about how to make it right.
In lighter and very happy news, I spoke with Regina today! I had to stop myself from squealing in her ear, I was so excited. I learned that she's an only child, that she loves, loves, loves to read books from the library, and that she has been spending the last week giving her mom extra hugs and talking to her friends on the phone.
I have been very cautious about telling Debra how to use the money from the fund, because I don't see it as any of my business. But Debra asked me to share with her supporters that she plans to set most of the fund, beyond her immediate needs, aside in a CD for Regina's future education. Your donations are going to impact this family in a positive way for decades to come and they are so, so grateful.