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Many years ago, I was a Manager for McDonald’s and one of my Shift Manager’s who had 6 children lived in a very abusive situation. Her boyfriend who lived with her and the 6 children did not work; and he would do drugs all day while she worked. One day she came to me at work and asked for help. I was a Worship Pastor at a small church at the time; and I knew a woman who ran a Battered Women’s Shelter. I worked with this woman and we were able to get my friend and her 6 children out of town. The manager of the shelter and I were the only people who knew where they had been sent; and we could not let anyone know. She was told to start over and never come back.

2 days later, the boyfriend showed up at McDonald’s and threatened me if I would not tell him where she was. In fact, he said that he had a gun and would shoot me in the head. I still acted as I did not know what was going on. This went on several times to the point that the police would frequently visit the store to check on me and the other employees.

2 months later, my friend came into the store and asked if I would hire her back. I asked why she was back, and she said that her and her boyfriend were back together and he had changed. I plead with her to not do that; but she would not change her mind. I checked in her everyday at work. I would have her bring her children to the store and make them dinner. I would pray with them every time I had an opportunity.

About 3 weeks later, (while at work) a Police Officer came into the store and asked me if she was there. I got her, and we set down in the lobby and talked to the Officer. That day, her boyfriend was high; and he burned down the house- Only himself and 1 child got out of the house. She began to scream, “Why did I go back”?

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