In another sad story that illustrates the cowardice of Corporate America, an elderly military veteran lost his job at a Texas Home Depot because he was trying to be a good employee by intervening to prevent shoplifters.
Jim Tinney, a 70-year-old Army veteran had the best interests of his employer in mind when he witnessed three men acting suspiciously and tried to be a good soldier by taking the initiative to stop a criminal act.
However, he was fragged by his ungrateful employer and now has to find somewhere else to work, a tall task for a man of his age.
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According to Houston ABC affiliate 13 Eyewitness News “70-year-old veteran fired after trying to stop shoplifters”:
A 70-year-old veteran working at a Home Depot store tried to stop shoplifters taking thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, but his attempted intervention cost him his job.
Jim Tinney saw three men trying to run out of the store carrying tool sets last month. He said he reacted on reflex and threw a paint roller extension toward one shoplifter’s feet. The shoplifters weren’t hurt and got away.
“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney said. “I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet.”
Tinney said he thought it was over until two weeks later when he was fired. He admits his training at the store was clear – he should not confront shoplifters.
Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for the company, said the policy is in place for everyone’s safety. He described dangerous encounters that have stemmed from employees disregarding policy to confront shoplifting suspects.
Tinney understands that he violated policy, but he believes the punishment doesn’t fit.
“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he said. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun.”
It’s a tough lesson for a man who has been around the world serving his country that serving the company he works for might mean holding off on what seems like a good deed.
Statement from Stephen Holmes, director of corporate communications at The Home Depot:
“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.
Translation: the gutless suits at Home Depot corporate HQ are more afraid of being sued than they are of standing up for their own employees – especially military vets.
One has to wonder whether the company’s dumping of Mr. Tinney is just age discrimination after they decided that protecting Home Depot merchandise as a part of his job wasn’t a rational response for a military veteran, it’s a damned disgrace and this humble author will be spending his money at Lowes going forward.
The disdain for veterans in this country is only second to that of senior citizens who are rapidly being discarded by the corporate bean counters, the vast majority who have never worn a uniform other than one for a fast food chain.