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    Home Depot Fires Worker Who Stopped Thief

    I think this guy should be a hero. Instead he was fired. I had planned to go to Home Depot tomorrow for some things for my yard. I think I will now go elsewhere.

    http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs....EWS01/70829023

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    tennessee is offline Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .
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    One more reason to avoid their stores. They are always so dark and dingy. Ugh!

    Truth be told though, lots of businesses have that policy. When I worked retail, eons ago, we were told the same thing. That is why no one ever checks bags when those beeper things go off at the mall. Instead they just jack up the prices for everyone else.
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    man---- just gets ya- doesnt it--
    and for their corporate reaction...blah-blah-blah
    the sad this is, society had brought this on because of the ridiculous lawsuits that are filed, and won by such criminals as this one aprehended-

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    I was reprimanded once for confronting a theif when I worked at Target. They said that I put myself and others in unnecessary danger. I laughed at them as I handed back the $400 camera the guy had snagged. I had the lowest shrinkage rate in the district, guess I wwas doing something right.

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    I agree, tennessee. I hate shopping there. Very high prices too.

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    Go to Lowe's they are more helpful....and they sponsor Jimmie Johnson, # 48....GO 24 48 WOOT!

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    BRB I'm going to get all new power tools and just run for it.

    How smart is it to publicize that your policy is to just let people walk out with your crap?

    (btw - I was kidding, I'm not going to clear out HD :P)
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    I don't think any amount of money or property is worth putting your life, or others on the line. We have a business, and altough I feel sorry for this guy, I can see why he was fired.

    You're better off letting the thief get away (yes, I know the costs of stolen mdse is passed on to all the customers), because the thief could have had a gun and he could have shot the employee or an innocent bystander.

    If I had to take a guess at why they have this policy I'd guess it centers around their insurance company. It's probably something that the insurance company that covers their liability insurance requires. Our liability insurance is insane...and all it would take is one employee doing something like this and you'd be at risk of losing your insurance and not being able to get another insurer...and the employee could be killed or injured in the process of doing this.

    These insurance companies have us where they want us...and all it takes is one issue and they can pretty much do what they want.

    This isn't a new policy with stores these days. When I was a teenager, I worked at a clothing store and this was their policy (and this was 30 years ago). It is really for the protection of the employee, and the customers. How would you feel if your kid chased a thief to the parking lot, only to be gunned down and killed over $100 (or whatever). It's not worth it. But these days a business owner has to cover their rears. They'd get sued by everyone involved, and lose their insurance to boot.

    No piece of merchandise or cash is worth losing your life over.

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    Most likely if this guy had followed the thief, memorized his looks and possibly got his license plate number etc., the police probably wouldn't have done anything about it.

    What a crappy world.

    The kid was damned if he did, and damned if he didn't.

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    tennessee is offline Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvbeaches View Post
    You're better off letting the thief get away (yes, I know the costs of stolen mdse is passed on to all the customers), because the thief could have had a gun and he could have shot the employee or an innocent bystander.
    Just another reason law abiding citizens should own guns and keep up to date with their practice at the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tennessee View Post
    Just another reason law abiding citizens should own guns and keep up to date with their practice at the range.
    I do agree (and I never thought the day would come when I'd say something like this). These people wouldn't think twice about killing you. I'd never chase a person who stole money or merchandise...I don't care what was stolen. The only person I'd chase would be one that stole a child....and that would be it.

    But I don't think most people would want a store employee running through the parking lot shooting at the bad guy...I know I don't.

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    I have nearly 20 years where either myself or someone in my immediate family has worked at Wal-Mart. ALL of us were repremanded on BOTH sides of this issue. Wal-Mart has a no-handle policy for regular employees (Management or the now NON-EXISTENT Loss Prevention are the only ones allowed). However, you were expected to "distract" or "detain" in a non-contact fashion until they get there.

    However, most stores now have a policy that anything under a certain amount is not going to be charged. UNLESS, you hurt someone or you work there.... I think Wal-Mart's is $25. It actaully costs MORE than the amount stolen to prosecute, so why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tennessee View Post
    Just another reason law abiding citizens should own guns and keep up to date with their practice at the range.
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    If I were being attacked, I would fight back. Other than that, let em have the junk. It is not worth my life or the lives of those around me to play hero. While I feel bad this man lost his job, I have seen the results of someone playing hero first hand.

    A former coworker (my first job) of mine tried to stop a guy from stealing a carton of cigarettes. This was in the days of the glass soda bottles. He was beat with a glass soda bottle until he almost lost his life. Was it worth it? He would tell you no if he could speak in a manner you could understand. However, garbled speech is what you get from him. Does he care about having a job now? No, he couldn't work if he wanted. He can barely brush his teeth. He needs help for everything else.

    I think the Home Depot worker not only put his life in jeopardy, he risked the lives of others. Tangling with a theif can be as dangerous as chooting a weapon into a crowd. He knew full well company policy and made his choice. I for one do not want to be standing next to an employee in a store that decides to tangle with some crackhead or tweaker who wants cash for that next high. They won't care if you get in the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggierintexas View Post
    If I were being attacked, I would fight back. Other than that, let em have the junk. It is not worth my life or the lives of those around me to play hero. While I feel bad this man lost his job, I have seen the results of someone playing hero first hand.

    A former coworker (my first job) of mine tried to stop a guy from stealing a carton of cigarettes. This was in the days of the glass soda bottles. He was beat with a glass soda bottle until he almost lost his life. Was it worth it? He would tell you no if he could speak in a manner you could understand. However, garbled speech is what you get from him. Does he care about having a job now? No, he couldn't work if he wanted. He can barely brush his teeth. He needs help for everything else.

    I think the Home Depot worker not only put his life in jeopardy, he risked the lives of others. Tangling with a theif can be as dangerous as chooting a weapon into a crowd. He knew full well company policy and made his choice. I for one do not want to be standing next to an employee in a store that decides to tangle with some crackhead or tweaker who wants cash for that next high. They won't care if you get in the way.
    ITA...A friend of ours is a manager for Kroger. He chased a guy who stole a six-pack of beer (on a Sunday - he couldn't legally buy it ) all the way to the parking lot. He got his arm caught in the car door and was dragged for several yards. He had a closed head injury and was hospitalized for days.

    His wife was back and forth between terror that he'd die or be left brain damaged and she'd be all alone with their three children (under 5)...and wanting to kill him herself for doing something so incredibly stupid.

    His boss told him that if he ever risked his life for something so trivial again he'd be fired.

    Luckily he is fine, but it was a scary time.

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