Man who works at supermarket arrested for forcefully hugging female customers (video)By Mason White 11:26 AM September 8, 2014
|Rally in support of Fred Civis|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) An employee of a supermarket, who had a habit of forcefully hugging female customers, was arrested on charges of assault, police in Michigan said.
Now, Fred Civis, was fired from Plumb’s supermarket after owners said that they received several complaints from customers.
Civis worked at the supermarket for the past 39 years. The latest victim decided to file a complaint with police, who arrived at his home and arrested him on charges of assault.
However, some area residents have come out in support of Civis, saying that they believe he is being persecuted for his kindness.
During a rally outside of Plumb’s, one employee came outside, gave Civis a hug and told him that she missed him. Civis remains defiant, saying that he wants his job back so he can keep on hugging customers.
A Facebook page supporting a boycott of Plumb’s has nearly 10,0000 likes.
“We have policies in place in all our Plumb’s to ensure that all who come to our shop are treated properly and with respect,” James Nader, CEO of Plumb’s said in a statement.
“The decision to fire Fred Civis was difficult. The decision came after multiple violations of our policies, one of which led to a criminal complaint from a shopper at our store in Whitehall. Though we have been strongly criticized for our decision we remain firm in our belief that the safety and comfort of our customers always come first,” Nader also said.