Waffle House waitress fired after shooting gun during robbery

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She says she was trying to protect the store and didn't expect to go be let go.

The Waffle House waitress who fired a shot during a robbery at the location has been fired, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Heather Burkinshaw-Stanley followed three people out of the restaurant early Thursday in Newnan and fired a shot after they stole $200, officials said.

Stanley told Channel 2 she was only trying to protect the store and her co-workers and didn’t expect to be let go.

A Waffle House spokesperson told Channel 2 they are aware of the situation but cannot comment on personnel matters.

“I didn’t know if they had guns,” she said. “I didn’t know if they were going to their vehicle to get another one and could come back and try to get to the safe, so my instinct was to go to my car and get the gun.”

The three men walked into the Waffle House about 2:30 a.m. and ordered a meal, according to a police report.

Twenty minutes later, one of the men walked over to the counter and presented a note threatening to shoot everyone inside if he didn’t get “all of the money,” according to the report.

The waitress at the counter told police she didn’t see a gun and one was never shown.

The waitress gave the man $200 and the suspects walked to their car, officials said.

But before they could get in it, Burkinshaw-Stanley went to her car, grabbed her gun and fired a shot in the air.