Army veteran Jim Tinney was a Home Depot employee when three individuals decided that they would steal from the store. Tinney did what most upstanding people ought to do, and attempted to stop the three assailants from leaving the store with stolen merchandise. You would think he’d be rewarded for his great deeds, right? That wasn’t the case as he was actually fired from his job.
Via Daily Mail:
A 70-year-old Army veteran was fired because he tried to stop thieves from leaving the Home Depot where he worked.
Jim Tinney saw three thieves about to take off with valuable tool sets form the Home Depot in Pearland, Texas.
‘One of them hollered, “let’s go” and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,’ he said.
That’s when he threw a paint roller extension at their feet, trying to stop them as a knee-jerk reaction, Fox 6 reported.
‘In the Army, they train you to do things like that,’ he added.
The shoplifters made it out with the tools, which he said were worth thousands of dollars.
Two weeks later, Tinney was fired. Though he knew stopping shoplifters was against company policy, he said he acted on a automatically.
‘I think they could have written me up and reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,’ he said.
Stephen Holmes, a Home Depot spokesperson said in a statement to KTRK that the company’s strict policy is for everyone’s safety.
Holmes said:’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.
‘Last week, we had an associate bitten. We’ve had stabbings, another associate with serious brain damage, and it goes on from there,’ Holmes added.
‘In fact, in just the past 24 hours we’ve had two shoplifters pull guns at two different stores at both ends of the country. So you can see, it’s a very serious safety risk to everyone, even when it doesn’t appear to be.’
But now, Tinney is struggling to find himself another job.
‘I’m 70 years old, I need to work and I needed that job,’ he said.
‘And I enjoy working with the customers, helping them figure out weird things that they want to do. It’s fun.’