Ryan Young, a meat clerk at the Safeway in Del Rey Oaks, California, has been indefinitely suspended without pay from his job. But many agree he wasn’t doing anything wrong: Young stepped in to stop an altercation between a couple when he noticed Quyen Van Tran abusing his pregnant girlfriend in the store.
Young was commended by the Del Rey Oaks chief of police and told that, were it not for his actions, things could have been much worse. Van Tran was arrested after the incident. However, Young was notified by his manager that he would be placed on leave from his job until further notice for what Safeway described to CNN as “legal reasons.”
Young says that he and his wife are expecting their first child in October and this employment situation has created some unneeded stress for his family. Still, he doesn’t regret his actions.
“If my wife or my sister was in the same situation, I would just hope that someone would step in and come to their aid as well,” Young says.