MESQUITE – The Carl’s Jr. employee who was robbed at gunpoint and fired two days later was already due to be dismissed for unrelated reasons, the company says.
Yesterday, officials remained mum as manager Cathy Terry opened up about being robbed and her subsequent termination, rendering much public sympathy. Today, Carl’s Jr. has spoken out, saying Terry was going to be fired the day of the robbery.
She worked as a manager at the location at 2104 N. Galloway in Mesquite, which is a franchise owned by Addison-based RWJP Star Enterprises. The company issued a statement today:
“It is unfortunate that Cathy Terry was terminated so soon after the September 17th robbery. In order to protect Ms. Terry's privacy, the company cannot discuss the reasons for her termination, but they are totally unrelated to the robbery. We have offered counseling support to Ms. Terry and the other employee who was as the restaurant at the time of the robbery.”
The Mesquite Police Department released surveillance footage showing the suspect pushing Terry through the restaurant at gunpoint, forcing her to open the restaurant’s safe.
“Do you want to die for Carl’s Jr.?” the man can be heard saying.
An emotional Terry told News 8 last night that she couldn’t believe the company would fire her after she was forced into a cooler with another employee and hit in the back of the head.
Neither the franchise owner nor Carl’s Jr. is issuing further comment, nor is Mesquite PD, citing the ongoing investigation.
The gunman, described as 6’2’’ and about 180 pounds, has not been arrested.