HR Strange But True!
November 01, 2002

Anyone who spends much time in HR knows that some people handle termination better than others. Based on a report in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, it appears that Alfred Lattanzio is an extreme case.

Angry about losing his job, Lattanzio went to his former boss' home in Spring Hill, Fla., threatened him with a knife, got chased off with a rake, and then carjacked a truck full of teenagers, according to the Times, which cited a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.

Charles Corbett III said he had fired Lattanzio, 25, from his floor-covering business after a client caught Lattanzio going through her jewelry box. But Corbett also told Lattanzio they could still be friends, and Lattanzio visited his house that night. There, according to Corbett, Lattanzio stole $2 from a counter top.

An angry Corbett told Lattanzio to leave. In the meantime, Corbett's brother arrived and got into an argument with Lattanzio. Lattanzio pulled out the 6-inch knife and moved toward the brother, authorities said. Corbett picked up a rake, held it like a baseball bat, and told Lattanzio to drop the knife. Lattanzio complied and fled on foot - but only long enough to flag down a Ford Explorer with three teenagers inside, authorities said.

Lattanzio pressed something, claiming it was a stun gun, into the side of a front-seat passenger, then ordered the teens to hand over all their money; they gave him loose change. One of the teen jumped out of the vehicle and ran down the street, screaming - which got the attention of Corbett, who called police.

Authorities later found Lattanzio at his father's house, where he was arrested. Deputies think he used a cell phone, rather than a stun gun, to scare the teens, who were not hurt.

"Our friendship is over," Corbett told the Times. "It's definitely over."

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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