Army veteran fired from Home Depot after trying to stop shoplifters

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

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. According to commentators, it appeared, what he saw as doing the right thing was against company policy.

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

"In the Army, they train you to do things like that", Tinney told the station.

Jim Tinney jumped into action last month when he saw three men running out of the store carrying tool sets. He said they seemed nervous.

Jim Tinney said he was sacked from his job at a Home Depot in Pearland, Texas, two weeks after an incident in which he threw a paint roller extension at one of three men he said were shoplifting from the store, New York Daily News reports.

"One of them hollered 'let's go, ' and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out, " Tinney said. "I just automatically... threw the stick at their feet".

The men ended up getting away and Tinney thought it was over until 2 weeks later when he was sacked.

The Home Depot said in a statement that only trained company security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters, citing the safety of customers and associates.

'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. "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 statement read.

The veteran says he's having trouble getting a new job.

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

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

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