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Man explains why he punched out his boss

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - An Olive Branch man spoke candidly Monday about an incident that left him facing assault charges.

Aundra Miller said he's been pushed and pulled, laid off nine times, and asked to return to work every time, But when he was fired for good over something he says he didn't do, he apparently snapped.

Monday, Miller had advice for anyone thinking about it:

"No, don't hit your boss," he said in an interview Monday. MIller should know - he punched out his former boss and union rep at USF Holland last week.

"Throughout my employment I'd get picked at," Miller said, recalling what he called work with uncertainty.

"I'd get laid off for a while, get called back to work," he said.

Then, he said, as he handed in his paperwork at the end of a shift on day, his supervisor asked him to work an additional eight hours.

"I said, 'If you had given me enough notice, I could have done it.' He said 'Well, that's job abandonment. I'm going to have to write you up for job abandonment,'" Miller recalled.

The supervisor called over his union rep.

"'Tell him I'm right, if he leaves that's job abandonment,'" Miller recalled his boss saying. "And the job steward just shook his head, 'Yea you're right.'"

Miller says unemployed life is drastically different.

"I normally get up and I get the kids off to school, play with the kids before they get on the bus, and for a long time I'd lay there in that bed after searching and searching for jobs not getting any responses," he said.

So last week, he went to his former boss to try to get his job back and ended up slugging him and the union rep.

"I feel like they hit me a lot harder than I hit them, and I do apologize for it," he said.

Now, Miller faces two assault charges.

"I'm gonna let God handle that part," he said.

Miller said he decided to speak to the press because he wants the truth about the incident to come out. Attorneys for USF Holland would only confirm the incident took place.

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