An elderly army veteran was fired from his job at a Home Depot store because he tried to stop shoplifters from stealing merchandise worth thousands of dollars.
Jim Tinney, a 70-year-old army veteran, told his local media outlet that when he saw three men attempting to leave the store with thousands of dollars worth of tools, his military training kicked in. Despite a store policy to ignore shoplifters, Tinney instinctually threw a paint roller extension at their feet.
“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” said Tinney. “I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The shoplifters got away. Tinney thought the matter was over, but two weeks after the incident took place, he was fired from the Home Depot. Spokesman for Home Depot Stephen Holmes said the reason the policy of leaving shoplifters alone exists to preserve safety.
Tinney acknowledges he violated policy, but believes the punishment is far too severe.“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” Tinney said.
Since then, Tinney has found it difficult to find more work. “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.”