Unbelievable! Maybe this is a good reason to not shop at Home Depot. They were marked as a “Gun Free Zone” in 2013 when they asked a customer to not carry into their store. And now they fire a 70 year old veteran, who actually tried to stop shoplifters. What’s going on here?
The Blaze has this story:
A 70-year-old veteran from Pearland, Texas, was recently fired from his job at Home Depot after trying to confront shoplifters fleeing the store with thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods.
As he watched a group of men approach the checkout with expensive tool set kits, he yelled to stop them.
“One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,” Tinney recalled.
Reacting instinctively, Tinney said he threw the paint roller extension he was holding at them, hitting one of the shoplifters in the foot. No one was injured and the men successfully fled the scene.
“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney said. “I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet.”
But regardless of Tinney’s intentions, two weeks later the store fired him for the incident, citing company policy that prohibits confronting shoplifters. He told the news station he was aware of the company policy, but his reaction was reflexive, and he felt the punishment was too harsh.
“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me. But terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” Tinney said, adding that it’s been hard for him to find a new job.
One would hope that once this story hits the wider news, he would have loads of job offers from employers who actually appreciate employees who put the company first.