Texas veteran fired for con­fronting sho­plifters

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

PEARLAND, Texas — A 70-year-old Army veteran has been fired from a Hous­tonarea Home De­pot af­ter try­ing to stop sus­pected sho­plifters from tak­ing thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of mer­chan­dise. KTRK-TV in Hous­ton re­ports that Jim Tin­ney says he was fired last month from the store in Pearland.

Tin­ney says he was trained to not con­front sho­plifters and knows he vi­o­lated com­pany pol­icy, but that his mil­i­tary train­ing just kicked in when he no­ticed three men at­tempt­ing to steal tools. He threw a paint roller ex­ten­sion pole to­ward the sus­pects’ feet. The men es­caped.

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