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Employees robbed, fired … and now fired up to sue

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Four former employees of Ace Cash Express have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming they were fired for being robbed.

One plaintiff said she was in an Ace store when an armed man robbed it Nov. 3, 2007. The robber allegedly put a gun to her head and warned her not to type anything “funny” into the keypad that opens the safe but can also trigger an alarm.

Two men robbed two of the plaintiffs at gunpoint on Jan. 11, 2008. They say the robbers threatened to kill them if they triggered any alarms.

A fourth employee, who was robbed Jan. 21, said he tried to trigger an alarm, but failed. The man later said if he had succeeded in summoning police, he “probably would have been killed.”

The robbers snagged $60,000 in the three heists.

Ace fired each of the employees for failing to follow a company directive to trigger an alarm if possible.

Dallas, Texas-based Ace expressed regret over the incidents but insists that it acted appropriately and did not commit “any wrongful or unlawful employment actions.” It said it will fight the lawsuit.

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