Veteran fired for trying to stop shoplifters at Home Depot

Veteran fired for trying to stop shoplifters at Home Depot

A 70-year-old Home Depot employee was sacked after attempting to stop shoplifters from making off with tools from a Pearland store.

After trying to stop thieves from leaving the store, he was sacked after what he saw was doing the right thing, even though it was against company policy. "That's pretty strong", Tinney told KTRK.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Jim Tinney says he was sacked last month from the store in Pearland.

Jim Tinney said he saw three men trying to leave the store with unpaid tool sets. He said they seemed nervous.

"One of them hollered "let's go" and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out", said Tinney. He said he threw a paint roller extension toward one man, but the three men escaped. "I just automatically... threw the stick at their feet".

About two weeks later, Tinney, who thought the incident was behind him, learned that his altruistic actions would cost him his job.

"What I can tell you now is that we have a strict policy that only our trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters", Holmes told the station in a statement.

'I think they could have written me up and reprimanded me, but terminate me? He also revealed that they just had two shoplifting incidents in two different stores during the past 24 hours prior to the interview where the thieves pulled their guns. "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 veteran says he's having trouble getting a new job.

'I'm 70 years old, I need to work and I needed that job, ' he said.

"It's a very serious safety risk to everyone, even when it doesn't appear to be", the statement read. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do.