Pocatello cafeteria worker fired over free lunch

A Pocatello school cafeteria worker has been fired, after she served a $1.70 lunch to a student who didn’t pay.

Dalene Bowden received a one-page termination letter from the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District, accusing her of theft of school property and mishandling lunch transactions.

“This is just breaking my heart,” Bowden told the Idaho State Journal, which reported on her firing Tuesday.

District administrators are mum. Trustee Jacob Gertsch declined comment to the Journal, calling the termination a personnel matter.

Last week, administrators said the district allows students to carry an $11 cafeteria charge.

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