The way the cookie crumbles

March 6, 2008 6:37:01 AM PST
That's the way the cookie -- and the job -- crumbles.

Luke Starnes was fired as an Allen County, Indiana, employee after he accepted cookies instead of $5 cash for copies of a divorce decree.

Starnes appealed his dismissal, but a review panel has found the firing justified.

Officials ruled that taking cookies instead of cash was using his county job for personal gain and a violation of the public trust.

The cookies came from a bakery owner.

Starnes argued that he didn't personally accept the cookies and was in another area of the building at the time.

A second employee was fired in the cookie case and a third received a written reprimand.

Starnes has found another job and says the whole thing is "a little ridiculous."