WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An online petition has been launched urging Verizon to reinstate a worker who was
- Maurice German, the employee, has violated Verizon’s safety rules when he rescued the cat using a company “bucket” truck’s hydraulic lift, Verizon said in a statement.
- The petition hailed German as an animal hero for rescuing the cat, “Princess Momma,” from atop a telephone pole.
An online petition signed by thousands is urging American telecommunications company Verizon to reinstate Maurice German, an employee who was. German was suspended without pay.
According to Verizon, German has violated the company’s safety rules when he used Verizon’s “bucket” truck’s hydraulic lift to rescue the cat named “Princess Momma” from atop a telephone pole.
According to the petition, “Maurice German is an animal hero who saved a beloved family cat! Instead of being suspended, German should be rewarded for his compassion and courage.”
Princess Momma’s owner had called the fire department, animal rescue and the telephone company before asking help from the Verizon worker. German happened to be working nearby and immediately responded to help the cat. A resident told CBS Philadelphia that the cat had been stuck on the pole for 12 hours.
For his goodwill gesture, German was praised on social media, however, the company suspended him for three weeks without pay for violating the company’s safety rules.
“For safety reasons, our trucks and related equipment are not intended to be used in the area in which he was operating, specifically around electrical wires. While our actions may not be popular, he potentially put his life and those around him in jeopardy,” according to a Verizon spokesperson.
To show the company’s support for animal rescue groups, Verizon had made a donation to Pennsylvania Animal Rescue & Protection, or SPCA.
Social media users called the company “heartless” and worse on Twitter and other platforms.