A 70-year-old Army veteran is desperate for a job after Home Depot fired him for confronting shoplifters.
Jim Tinney says he tried to stop three thieves trying to make off with thousands of dollars in stolen tools but his bravery is apparently against company policy.
“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney told Fox 6.
“One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,” Tinney recalled.
Tinney says he tossed a paint roller at them and ran to stop them.
“I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet,” Tinney said.
The men ended up getting away, then two weeks later, Tinney was fired.
“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me. But terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” Tinney said.
“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.”
More, via Fox 6:
It’s been a tough lesson for a man who’s been around the world, serving his country. He said serving the company he worked for might mean holding off on what seems like a good deed.
Home Depot officials noted in their statement that during a 24-hour period, shoplifters pulled guns at two different stores on both ends of the country.
A spokesman for Home Depot said in a statement:
“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.”