Home Depot fires man for stopping thieves

Giving literal meaning to the cliche that “no good deed goes unpunished.”

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — A former Home Depot employee said the company fired him and three other workers because they helped police catch several suspected shoplifters in May.

Midwest City police said the men helped officers catch suspected shoplifters as they tried to run from a store with lawn equipment.

An internal memo from Home Depot outlines that associates cannot accuse, detain, chase or call the police on any customer for shoplifting. However, one of the fired employees said the company is selective in enforcing that policy.

“The loss-prevention guy at our Shields (Boulevard) store turned around and told me all we need to do is tell the shoplifter to have a good day as they leave the store. I said that just doesn’t make sense.”

Somebody here needs firing. Just not the guy who stopped the crooks.

Letting criminals just get away it when stopping them makes more sense. This reminds me of a burning political issue. I just can’t think of which one at the moment…

(h/t Moonbattery)

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David Strom 6:01 AM on June 06, 2023