KFC Refuses to Hire a Homeless Woman Homelessness is an epidemic in the United States. More than 600,000 people are homeless on any given night according to End Homelessness, an organization that compiles statistics and resources for the homeless population. One of the attacks lodged against the homeless is “get a job,” but one of the requirements for employment in numerous companies is a permanent residence. A paradox if there ever was one.

Eunice Jasica, 59, is the latest American to experience homeless discrimination. The 59-year-old former bus driver and department store security associate has been homeless since December 2012 and is currently living in a Salvation Army. She was offered a position at a KFC franchise store in Tupelo, Miss. as a “prep worker” according to the hiring documents provided to the Clarion-Ledger. However, when Jasica arrived to begin her first shift, the store’s owner reneged on the contract offer. “He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” Jasica told the Clarion-Ledger. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”

Chelsy Ruff, the owner, signed an affidavit supporting Jasica’s claim. The letter states he couldn’t hire her “due to concerns of lack of residence and transportation.” He has also told the Clarion-Ledger he never hired Jasica because she has no food-prep experience and “appeared too old to lift boxes.” Ruff also claimed he’s hired residents of the Salvation Army in the past.

KFC wants no parts of this story or the media attention it’s accrued. Rick Maynard, a KFC spokesperson, wrote in an email statement to the Huffington Post that the “KFC Corporation believes in a culture of respect toward all people, and we abide by all applicable employment laws.”

Maynard also placed all responsibility on Ruff. “The restaurant in Tupelo is operated by an independent franchisee who shares our beliefs, but is responsible for making hiring decisions for the restaurant he owns,” he wrote.
Jasica has landed another gig. She is now a driver for On Time Transportation, a Miss. shuttle service.

Her story illustrates the consistent discrimination homeless people face for being perceived as “too disabled, lazy or irresponsible to hold down a job,” according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    Her story further illustrates how joblessness and homelessness isn’t as simple as ‘oh, those people are just lazy’.

  • Kay

    This is the kind of story that makes me sad for humanity. On one hand, people will complain about the homeless being shiftless, lazy and irresponsible, but then when they try to get a job people don’t want to hire them because they are homeless. If she was willing to come to work, do a good job and no one had complaints, does it really matter if she is homeless? It’s like a catch-22. Oh and the whole “looked too old,” to lift boxes comment? Really?!! She was probably better off not working for someone who was such a ignorant douche.

  • MommieDearest

    I very glad that this woman did not get discouraged and found a better job. She will definitely land on her feet. I wish her the best.

  • That is a shame, but I’m glad someone hired her. God was looking out for her.

  • Most of the housed public are always giving the homeless the business by saying how we are all so lazy or drug or alcohol addicted…well, between not being able to get into shelters, affordable housing and in this prime example….even menial jobs…is there any wonder???I only wish those who make such outlandish comments against the homeless would dare to walk in out shoes for one day…one week…so they can know the true inner workings that go on in the lives of the homeless…then maybe they would shut the f*&*k up…!!!