A 70-year-old veteran from Texas was fired recently from Home Depot for trying what he thought in his mind was the right thing to do, based on his training in the Army.
Jim Tinney told Fox News that trying to do the right thing has been a major purpose in his life. “In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” he said.
According to Fox News, Tinney was at work when he saw three men bearing expensive tool box kits, each worth hundreds of dollars. As they approached the checkout area, they seemed to be acting suspiciously, thought Tinney.
“One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,” said Tinney. Instinctively, he tossed a paint roller extension at them. Then he ran to stop one of the men.
“I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet,” he said. Unfortunately, the men got away, and it seemed to Tinney that that was the end of it. Until two weeks later, when he got fired.
According to Home Depot policy, employees are not to attempt to impede or confront shoplifters in the act of committing a crime. A spokesman for Home Depot provided a statement in response:
“We have a strict policy that our trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters. We’ve had deaths and serious injury over the years, and no amount of merchandise is more important than the safety of our associates and customers.”
Tinney admitted that during his store training, he learned not to confront shoplifters, but his reflexes got the better of him; now, he’s out of work.
“I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers, helping figuring out what they wanted to do,” Tinney said. “It’s fun.”
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