Home Depot is standing by their decision to fire a 70-year-old Army veteran, and the reason why is angering many.
Jim Tinney worked at a Home Depot in Pearland, Texas, until last month, when he was fired. Tinney says he was terminated after he tried to stop a group of thieves who were stealing thousands of dollars in tools. Tinney used a paint roller extension to try and trip the thieves, but they still escaped.
The bosses at Home Depot, however, did not care for Tinney’s heroics. They insist it is against company policy to confront shoplifters. They refuse to change their decision to fire him. Tinney says he needs the job, and isn’t sure what he is going to do now.
Tinney says he was trained to not confront shoplifters and knows he violated company policy, but that his military training just kicked in when he noticed three men attempting to steal tools. He threw a paint roller extension pole toward the suspects’ feet. The men escaped.
“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he told KTRK-TV. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun.”
The Home Depot said in a statement that only trained company security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters, citing the safety of customers and associates.
“What I can tell you now is that we have a strict policy that only 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,” the company said.
Here is video, courtesy of Fox News.
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