Veteran Fired for Trying to Stop Shoplifters

What would you do if you saw someone stealing from your employer? Would you try to stop them? That’s what a 70-year-old veteran did at the Home Depot store where he worked. However, two-weeks after trying to stop three men from stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools, the veteran was shocked to find out that he was fired for violating company policy.

A 70-year-old veteran says he’s out of a job after he tried to stop some thieves from leaving the Home Depot store where he worked. It appears what he saw as doing the right thing was against company policy.

Jim Tinney says trying to do the right thing has guided him pretty well in life.

“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney said.

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Recently, Tinney said he saw three men carrying tool sets worth thousands of dollars to the checkout area at Home Depot. He said they seemed nervous.

Most people don’t realize that part of the reason prices seem so high in many stores is that they have to cover the losses due to theft – shoplifting. In my years of retail work, both as a store clerk and part of management, I’ve stop my share of shoplifters and have even reported seeing people stealing in stores where I’m shopping, and I’ve never known anyone to be fired for trying to stop a shoplifter. What Home Depot did was appalling.

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