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Marine's Mother Receives Apology for Phone Call Suspension


WOODBURY, Tenn.-A local business is now apologizing, and making amends after suspending a woman for answering a phone call from her son serving in Afghanistan.

Teresa Danford says she knew about the no cell phone rule at the Crane Interiors factory in Woodbury; but because her son, Lance Corporal Mark Ryhne, only has access to a satellite phone once a month, she didn't think twice about taking the call last week when he called during business hours.

That decision resulted in Danford's three-day suspension without pay. If it happened again, managers threatened to fire her. Since a story about her situation aired on NewsChannel 5 Thursday, the factory has received threats and harassing phone calls.

Now the general manager is apologizing, and taking back Danford's suspension. Danford will be paid for the days she didn't work, and Crane Interiors has revised it's no cell phone policy. General Manager Chris Anderson says, "We have several retired military personnel that currently work for us, and their service along with Ms. Danford's son's service to our great country is greatly appreciated by all, within the Crane Interiors family."

"We appreciate all that have served in the past, those that currently serve, and all that will serve in the future," Anderson continued.  "May God bless them all, and bring them home safely. Again, we apologize to all that were affected by this situation."

Danford says she is happy to head back to work on Monday.


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