May 24, 2012
The support for Mr. Young was immense as the petition gathered more thatn 180,000 signatures of people who believed Mr. Young acted in the most appropiate manner given the circumstances. Safeway has reinstanted Mr. Young along with backpay and benefits.
On April 21, 2012, Safeway employee Ryan Young intervened when he saw a customer assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. The incident took place in a Safeway store located in the city of Del Rey Oaks, California. Local law enforcement stands behind Mr. Young's actions (source) but despite this Safeway has since suspended Mr. Young without pay.
Mr. Young told local journalists that he was motivated to step in because his own wife is five months pregnant. Now, he is stressed that he hasn't been able to earn an income for his family and doesn't know if Safeway will allow him to return to his job.
As a customer at the Del Rey Oaks store and a security officer myself at a local community college, I was shocked to hear how Safeway has treated Mr. Young -- and I know many others agree. I believed strongly that Safeway's punitive stance was unfair to Mr. Young and something had to be done.
The support for Mr. Young was immemense as the petition gather more thatn 180,000 signatures of people who believeed that Mr. Young acted in the most appropiate manner given the circumstances. Safeway has reinstanted Mr. Young along with backpay.
Mr. Young's actions to protect a defenseless pregnant woman from being hurt by her boyfriend were an act of bravery which should not be punished so severely even when company policies are in place. Doing the right thing and helping others who are in need of help should not be superseded by the needs of a corporation.
I call on Safeway to give employee Ryan Young his job back with back pay.