The Home Depot Fires 70-year-old Texas Veteran After He Tried to Stop Shoplifters
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The Home Depot Fires 70-year-old Texas Veteran After He Tried to Stop Shoplifters

A veteran from Pearland, Texas, aged 70 was recently fired from his job at Home Depot after he tried to confront shoplifters that have stolen thousands of dollars worth of goods and were running away.

Jim Tinney said for the KTRK-TV that he saw three men carrying expensive tool sets up to the checkout area. It seemed to him that they were acting very nervously.

“One of them shouted ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their sets up and started heading out,” Tinney recalled.

Following his instinct, Tinney said that he threw the paint roller extension he was holding at the time, after what he hit one of the shoplifters in the foot. No one was injured and the men fled the scene.

Tinney said that he did that instinctively as he was trained in the army for such a reactions.

Not taking account his intentions, two weeks after this incident the store where he worked fired him, citing a policy of the company that strongly prohibits confronting shoplifters. He stated that he knew about the policy, but that his reaction was a pure instinct, and observed the punishment as way too harsh.

Tinney said that he expected to be punished but that firing him was a bit too much, adding that it is very hard for him to find a new job.

Tinney said that he is 70 years old and that he needs the job. He also stated that he enjoyed working with the customers.

Director of the Home Depot said the policy is in place to keep their employees safe.

Their policy states that only the trained security personnel can confront and engage shoplifters. That they were witnesses to many cases where employees were injured and that they did not want to take any safety risks.

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5 Comments

  1. Joe Murphy

    July 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I have worked for Home Depot and their policy is not to stop shoplifters. When you know it’s going on and you notify the managers it’s too late or they don’t react at all.
    Returning stolen items is another issue.
    To further their stupidity, they will take back stolen items, without question, and give the thief a credit card that can be used. In the drug culture they will steal, return, get the card and sell it right outside the store to contractors for pennies on the dollar.
    So Home Depot is promoting theft in the stores and promoting Drug Addicts to use this as a means to finance and maintain their habits.
    Their policy for an employee not getting involved is to protect them from injury or personal assault in retribution, I get that part.
    They need to address their policy of being easily victimized and supporting the habits of tstealing and addiction.

  2. Oscar Saens

    July 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    On other news, there have been times in which, against common sense and risking own safety, people run to burning vehicles on a valiant, and unselfish, effort to save the ones inside . At that point they are regarded as heroes. Here we have a 70 year old that did what his instinct made him do. His reward? Losing his job because he went against policy. I wonder (actually I hope) that the executives of HD, one day they are on the road , and need help and the people driving by decide that it is against common sense to stop to help somebody. It is my hope that (I will do it as soon as I finish typing this) people email HD to demand to give that gentlemen his job back. In the meanwhile I will not go to shop there until they do the right thing.

  3. H Scott Smith

    July 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    My company has had an account with Home Depot since they opened in Bloomfield CT. From now on we shop at Lowls

    • H Scott Smith

      July 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Lowes is our new supplier

  4. BoogerHog

    July 18, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Home Depot: where we fuck the other guy and pass the savings on to YOU!

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