70-year-old Home Depot worker fired for confronting shoplifters

As he saw the thieves about to leave Tinney automatically threw a paint roller extension at their feet trying to stop them but they got away. He said his actions were a reflex from what he was trained to do in the Army but two weeks later he was fire

As he saw the thieves about to leave Tinney automatically threw a paint roller extension at their feet trying to stop them but they got away. He said his actions were a reflex from what he was trained to do in the Army but two weeks later he was fire

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

It seems what he saw as doing the right thing was against company policy.

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

Jim Tinney said he was only trying to do the right thing, but ended up getting fired from his job at a Texas Home Depot after confronting shoplifters last month.

"One of them hollered "let's go" and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out", said Tinney. He said he reacted on reflex and threw a paint roller extension toward one shoplifter's feet. "I just automatically... threw the stick at their feet". Tinney admitted to the station that company representatives were clear during training sessions not to confront suspected shoplifters.

Tinney said, "I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me?"

The men got away, and two weeks later Tinney was sacked from the job. "That's pretty strong", Tinney said.

Home Depot's Director of Corporate Communications Stephen Holmes also released a statement regarding the incident, saying that their department store has a very strict policy that should be observed by their security staff when dealing with shoplifters. I need to work, and I needed that job. "We've had deaths and serious injuries over the years, and no amount of merchandise is more important than the safety of our associates and customers".

'And I enjoy working with the customers, helping them figure out weird things that they want to do. We've had stabbings, another associate with serious brain damage, and it goes on from there.

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