Woman loses job at Goodwill after accepting church donation

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman who worked at the Goodwill store in Mt. Juliet lost her job after accepting a monetary gift.

The woman, whose name is Liz, received $100 from the Global Vision Bible Church while she was on the clock at Goodwill.

The church went to random businesses around town to offer the charitable contributions to 10 lucky recipients.

But when Liz got her $100, Goodwill leadership told her she was not allowed to keep it.

According to company policy, employees are not allowed to accept money while on the job.

Goodwill told Liz she could either give the money back to the church or donate it to another charity.

Liz didn’t want to give the money up, so she resigned.

“She felt it was a random blessing and she needed it,” said Global Vision Bible Church Pastor Greg Locke. “And to her, she didn’t want that blessing to be robbed from her.”

When Locke shared Liz’s story on Facebook, the post went viral.

Since then, several people have contacted the church with job offers and cash contributions for Liz.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Matthew Bourlakas said the turn of events led the organization to review the policy.

“I apologize for that on our end,” Bourlakas said. “We certainly want to make this right.”

Goodwill has offered Liz her job back, if she wants it.

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