For one South Carolina boss, his employees are like family to him. So when one of his top employees was going to have to quit since she couldn’t afford to commute to work each day, he went above and beyond to make sure that didn’t happen.
Recently, Tia Benbow, an employee at Firestone Complete Auto Care, explained to her boss, Charlie Brown, that she was going to have to resign since she couldn’t afford to commute to work each day even though she had recently moved closer to work to shorten her two-hour drive. “I lived in Greeleyville but I recently moved to the Wedgefield area which is a little closer,” Benbow said. “It was 74 miles one way, but now I’ve cut it down to 30 miles. It would take me about 2 hours.”
However, Benbow got sick in January and was forced to take time off work for a few months to heal. “In the process, with me being out of work and having to take that drive, I did get one vehicle repossessed from me. The second one was in the shop and it was in the process of being repossessed also because I could not afford to get it out of the shop,” she said.
Benbow had no choice but to quit the job she loved and try to look for a position closer to home, but Brown and the rest of the team came together to stop that from happening. “We knew she was feeling down. You could tell by her attitude,” said coworker Eric Amos. “Normally she’s an awake person and smiling and she wasn’t. She told us about the situation a couple weeks prior, so me and Charlie got everybody in the shop to pull the numbers together to get her taken care of.”
“When you see something going on, you always want to be there for your teammates. We did something that was helpful for someone else. That’s just what you do,” said Brown. “We’re family, that’s family, that’s what we do,” a coworker said to Benbow, who broke down in tears when she realized what the team had done for her.
“They care. They wanted me to stay. I had put in a two-weeks notice but they did not want me to leave. They said I was the reason they were making money, because I was making them money. It really touched me,” Benbow said. “Charlie is the best. He actually is such a good man. If not for him none, of this would have been done.”
Watch the entire video below to see the heartwarming moment this woman’s boss and coworkers went above and beyond to help her keep her job.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Eric DeAndre Amos]