Safeway Worker Stops Man From Beating Pregnant Woman, Gets Suspended

Ryan Young Safeway pregnant woman
Ryan Young Safeway pregnant woman

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You would think Safeway would hold up Ryan Young as a model employee, even award him a medal of bravery and honor. But instead, the supermarket chain has suspended the meat clerk after he broke up a fight in which a male customer at a Northern California store was pummeling his pregnant girlfriend.

Safeway's decision, meanwhile, has turned Young into something of a folk hero. There are protests in front of the market in Del Ray Oaks, a petition on change.org with more than 175,000 signatures, and regular mentions on Twitter and Facebook, all calling for Young's reinstatement.