Teen fired from fast food restaurant for giving Army vet 2 tacos

Left: Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in Bakersfield, CA (Daniel Ortiz/Facebook) Right: Jack-in-the-box employee Alex Mesta (Facebook)

A young man was fired from a Bakersfield, California Jack-in-the-Box fast food restaurant after he was caught giving an Army veteran two free tacos.

Alex Mesta, 19, was apparently fired after he we caught on surveillance cameras giving the veteran the free food, which had a total retail value of $2.00.

Mesta claims the food was going to be thrown out anyway because they were left over from the end of the day.

According to Mesta, Jack-in-the-box fired him for “mishandled funds.”

The fast food chain’s corporate communications office released a statement claiming that Mesta’s termination was based on previous employee infractions– not the incidents regarding the veteran, according to Fox News.

“We too are grateful to our veterans and to the men and women currently serving in the armed forces. Regarding this incident, while it would not be appropriate to provide complete details on an internal disciplinary issue, our actions in this case were not based on just one incident and had nothing to do with the guest’s military experience.”

Mesta admitted giving the veteran some freebies in the past because he was a regular and a veteran.

“Since he’s a vet, I don’t think I should charge him for his coffee. It’s like not even a dollar for a coffee,” Mesta said.

On Tuesday, a Bakersfield resident, Daniel Ortiz claims Mesta’s brother is currently serving in the military in a Facebook post which has had over 7,000 shares.

“The young boy knew that this older man was a veteran and had great respect for him because the young boy felt a connection with the older man because his older brother is serving our country proudly. So every day this older gentleman came in for his cup of coffee $0.80 that is with a discount that Jack in the Box gives all servicemen and women….. just so happen that somebody previously ordered two tacos and did not take them so this 19 year old boy offered them to the veteran and said it is not much but thank you for your service.”

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