Jim Tinney is a 70-year-old veteran who, until recently, worked in a Texas Home Depot. He tried to do the right thing, at least in his mind, when the store he worked at was being robbed. Tinney attempted to stop the criminals which is against Home Depot’s policies. He ended up losing his job which he feels is wrong.
It all started the day that Tinney saw three men approaching the checkout line, looking nervous. They were carrying tool sets worth thousands of dollars. He states, “One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out.”
Holding a paint roller extension in his hand, Tinney acted on instinct. “In the Army, they train you to do things like that. I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet.” He says he did not predict what would happen next.
The robbers ended up getting away and Tinney was fired about two weeks later. Home Depot released a statement about the incident;
“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.”
Tinney says that while he understands, he thinks being fired was excessive. “I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me. But terminate me? That’s pretty strong.”
The vet admits that he learned during the store training to not confront shoplifters. He says he simply acted on reflex and not in defiance.
Now Tinney laments that he is having difficulty finding another job. He would like to go back to Home Depot.
“I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers, helping figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun,” Tinney said. The store has not issued any response on if they intend to rehire the man.
Source: Fox News