It’s hard enough seeing a vet down on his luck and still needing to work when he’s 70. But this?
That’s insane! Who is running this place, anyway?
Jim Tinney says trying to do the right thing has guided him pretty well in life.
“In the Army, they train you to do things like that,” Tinney said.
Recently, Tinney said he saw three men carrying tool sets worth thousands of dollars to the checkout area at Home Depot. He said they seemed nervous.
“One of them hollered ‘let’s go,’ and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out,” Tinney said.
Tinney said without thinking, he tossed the paint roller extension he was holding, and ran to stop one of the men.
“I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet,” Tinney said.
The men ended up getting away. Tinney said he thought it was over, until two weeks later, when he was fired. —Fox
First off, for a 70-year-old vet to give chase to a trio of punks? That’s badass. We love it, Jim!
But they FIRED him?? For trying to protect THOUSANDS of dollars in merchandise?
Surely there’s got to be more to this story.
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.”
“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me. But terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” Tinney said. —Fox
Now the poor guy can’t find work. Hold on a minute… What did they say?
‘Only our trained security personnel’??
Stop and think about that for a second.
Do they really think someone with training as a mall cop will be able to handle himself better against these thieves than an ARMY veteran?
They also fired a young hero who stopped a kidnapping, not even a month ago.
It makes you wonder which staff Home Depot thinks are worth keeping.
Tinney is a hero, we hope everything works out for him. As for Home Depot? We don’t know what is going on over there. We suggest they offer special ‘training’ to their management. One of these, or both would be a good start.
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