County Attorney To Roundy’s: Rehire Stab Victim

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Ramsey County attorney is urging Roundy’s Supermarkets to reconsider its firing of a St. Paul grocery store manager who said he suffered emotional distress after he was stabbed by a customer.

County Attorney John Choi’s office prosecuted the man who stabbed Scott Ostrom at Rainbow Foods in St. Paul in a debit card dispute. Choi says the community needs to do a better job of dealing with crime victims and their emotional after-effects.

Roundy’s told the state Ostrom was fired for “absenteeism or tardiness,” but Ostrom said he had to leave the store on breaks to deal with his anxiety.

The Milwaukee-based Roundy’s, which owns Rainbow Foods, did not immediately return a call seeking comment, but spokeswoman Vivian King told the St. Paul Pioneer Press her facts about the case differ from those described by Ostrom.

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