The 70-year-old army veteran Jim Tinney tried to do something right when he attempted to stop thieves from leaving the Home Depot store that he works for, but it caused him his job.
After trying to stop thieves from leaving the store, he was sacked after what he saw was doing the right thing, even though it was against company policy.
"In the Army, they train you to do things like that", said Tinney, reports Fox News.
Jim Tinney said he was only trying to do the right thing, but ended up getting fired from his job at a Texas Home Depot after confronting shoplifters last month. "And they all grabbed their kits and started heading out". "I just automatically went like this, and threw the stick at their feet", he said.
Tinney said, "I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That's pretty strong", he said in an interview. "I need to work", he added.
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The men got away but two weeks later when he thought it was over, he was sacked.
He acknowledged that he violated the company's policy that only permits trained security personnel to confront 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", said Holmes. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with the customers helping figure out what they want to do.
A tough lesson for a man who's been around the world serving his country that serving the company he worked for might mean holding off on what seems like a good deed. We've had stabbings, another associate with serious brain damage, and it goes on from there.
"In fact, in just the past 24 hours we've had two shoplifters pull guns at two different stores at both ends of the country", Holmes' statement continued. So you can see, it's a very serious safety risk to everyone, even when it doesn't appear to be'.