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Vietnam veteran, 73, loses job at Cracker Barrel after giving muffin to needy man

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A 73-year-old Vietnam veteran paid a high price for a free muffin.

Joe Koblenzer says he was fired by a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Florida after he gave a needy person a corn muffin for free.

"The rules state you can't give anything away. I did it," Koblenzer says. "He was happy. I felt good about it."

Koblenzer says he was fired because this was the third infraction. He says he had previously had a sip of Coke and once giving a cup of coffee away to a lady.

Cracker Barrel says it was actually the fifth infraction and released a statement on the matter: “Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel’s Sarasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company’s policies and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated. Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer’s service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families.”

Koblenzer had been with the eatery in Sarasota for three years.

"I'm not casting doom and gloom on the company," Koblenzer says. "They did their thing. Now people know about it."

Was the gesture worth it?

“Yes, it was worth it," Koblenzer told Fox News. "I would do it again. A moral issue comes in." The veteran says that if Cracker Barrel would have asked him to pay for the muffin, he would have.

Koblenzer says he is looking for a new job, but is unsure what he will do next.

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