During the current pandemic you can never be too cautious, which is why some shops have stopped accepting cash as a payment method.

But when one customer at a shop in the U.K. didn't have a bank card, an employee stepped in to help, leaving themself in trouble.

 

Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.

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A pandemic has taken over.

However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...

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With things beginning to reopen again.

But whilst things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.

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This is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.

In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.

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Including here in the US.

In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.

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For example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And not to mention public transport.

Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.

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To provide them with peace of mind.

But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered.

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Not only are they in short supply, after most countries in the world are requiring PPE.

Meaning that many people are having to make their own.

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Both for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.

But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.

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Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time.

They can also make it hard to breathe whilst wearing.

You may think the uncomfortable nature is a small price to pay for the safety they could provide.

Health experts have stressed their importance.

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Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.

An emergency physician named Dr. Luke Padwick said this:

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“Wearing a mask is good for two reasons: It’s going to cut down 95 percent of the breathing that sends the virus up to 6 feet away in a room, and also will reduce fecal/oral transmission by preventing the virus from getting into your nose or mouth" if you touch a contaminated surface and then your face," Padwick told Healthline. “I think this will slow down the virus a lot."

And many businesses have been taking on the advice by enforcing the wearing of a face covering.

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But that isn't the only precaution that some businesses have been taking.

As some businesses have stopped accepting cash as payment.

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Although this is good for possibly preventing the spread of the virus, it will be an issue to some people who don't have a bank card to pay with. As one employee in the U.K. has recently found out.

When Birds Bakery in Nottingham, UK stopped accepting cash for hygiene reasons employee Megan Metcalfe had many elderly customers left unable to pay for their food.

So Megan, 60, who had worked at the store for more than 40 years, decided that she would help the customers out.

Megan took the cash from customers for their shopping and then used her own debit card to pay for it, totaling to around £180.

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But, once found about what she was doing, Megan was suspended before being sacked for gross misconduct following a disciplinary hearing.

"I realize what I was doing was against company policy. But they had picked up the items and already gotten to the till ready to buy them."

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The Metro reported that Megan also said, "There’s no way I could let an elderly man or woman walk away telling them they could not buy it because they didn’t have a card. They had also already handled the stock so that would have to be binned or cleaned."

Megan was doing what she thought was the right thing as she said "I was just trying to do the right thing. I am really upset by it of course."

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Adding that "I worked at Birds for 44 years and 25 of them as a manager. I was told I was endangering staff members’ lives by doing what I did. ‘At no point did money transfer hands. It was straight into my purse and then I put the payment through on card and showed them the receipt. ‘I should not have done it but I don’t like to let people down and a lot of these customers depend on us, coming to us every day."

Megan was dismissed on June 19th with bosses saying that it was "with regret" but due to her actions.

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Lesley Bird, chief operating officer at Birds Bakery, said: "At Birds, we take the safety of our staff and customers very seriously – and have very tight procedures in place during this pandemic."

"A lot of our customer base are the elderly – many of them vulnerable – and it is our responsibility to keep them, and our staff, safe."

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Wear a mask. Stay safe. Spread love, not the virus. Keep scrolling to see what happens to people that actively decided not to wear one...