May 25, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Safeway reinstates "hero" employee
Letter to the Editor: Safeway reinstates "hero" employee
Submitted By Megan Lubin, Change.org
Safeway meat-counter clerk Ryan Young was suspended without pay for a month after he intervened to stop the assault of a pregnant woman in his store. Today, May 23, Safeway indicated to Ryan that he would be reinstated with back pay.
Safeway's announcement comes after more than 180,000 people signed a petition on Change.org within the course of a week, calling on Safeway to end Young's suspension and compensate him for the time he was forced to take off. The petition was launched by Douglas Castro, a customer at the Del Rey Oaks Safeway location, who was moved to take action after hearing Ryan's story on the local news last week.
Ryan Young said he was motivated to stop the assault when he thought of his own wife who is five months pregnant. Young has received the support of eyewitnesses and the Del Rey Oaks Chief of Police, who reviewed security camera footage of the incident while running the initial investigation into the assault. Chief Ron Langford told a local news network, KION, "In my mind, in this case Ryan did the right thing."
Douglas Castro said, "When I learned about Ryan's story on the local news, as a Safeway customer, I was shocked and I wanted to help. Ryan is a hero for stopping that assault, and I'm happy to hear that Safeway listened to its customers and ended Ryan's suspension. After seeing so many people join my campaign in such a short amount of time, I hope other people will be inspired to take action online when they see things that aren't right in their communities too."
[Link to Douglas Castro's petition: www.change.org/safeway]