A 70-year-old Home Depot employee was sacked after attempting to stop shoplifters from making off with tools from a Pearland store.
"In the army, they train you to do things like that", he said.
Tinney reportedly told the local media that he chose to throw a paint roller extension toward one of the three shoplifters who he noticed was stealing several tool sets from Home Depot in Pearland, Texas to prevent them from leaving the store premises.
'One of them hollered, "let's go" and they all grabbed their kits and started heading out, ' he said. He said he reacted on reflex and threw a paint roller extension toward one shoplifter's feet. The shoplifters weren't hurt and got away.
Unfortunately, the men still got away, and Tinney was sacked a couple weeks later.
"I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me". "I just automatically went like this and threw the stick at their feet". "That's pretty strong", Tinney said.
'I'm 70 years old, I need to work and I needed that job, ' he said.
"What I can tell you now is that we have a strict policy that only our trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters", Holmes told the station in a statement.
'And I enjoy working with the customers, helping them figure out weird things that they want to do. Tinney admitted that he knew Home Depot's policy of confronting shoplifters was clear - don't do it.
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 deaths and serious injury over the years, and no amount of merchandise is more important than the safety of our associates and customers", the company communications head stated.
Home Depot also said in its statement that, within a 24-hour period, shoplifters pulled guns at two different Home Depots on opposite sides of the country.