70-year-old employee tries to stop shoplifters - gets fired 2 weeks later

70-year-old employee tries to stop shoplifters - gets fired 2 weeks later

A steadfast Home Depot employee who attempted to fight off three thieves by has been fired.

Jim Tinney, a 70-year-old employee at a Texas branch of the retailer, saw a group of men shoplifting expensive tool sets, and reacted by throwing a paint roller extension at one of their feet. His tactic didn’t work, and the robbers ran off.

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Comments (1)

  • Lianne
    Lianne
    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:03am BST
    So, this was US case where the hiring and firing rules are very different to those that we face in the UK but I think it was too harsh and I think a UK employment tribunal would most likely reach the same conclusion. I completely understand what Home Depot was trying to do and they are right that, particularly in the US where guns are more common, their employees shouldn't try to tackle shop lifters but it seems strange to interpret a rule that is designed to protect employees in a way that means that a 70 year old man gets fired.

    It's a tricky situation to deal with and there's no doubt that Home Depot will have done what they thought best given the situation but I don't think it would have been acceptable in the UK.

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