When four employees at a Home Depot in Midwest City, Oklahoma saw men running out of their store carrying merchandise, one called the police while the others went out in the parking lot to ask the man for his receipt.
Police caught the suspected shoplifters but wouldn't have without the heads up from the employees, says Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes, who is considering giving the men letters of commendation for their help.
The employees got another type of response from their employer--pink slips. Their termination letters said they were fired for "pursuing and assisting in the apprehension of suspected shoplifters," according to a report from KOCO-TV.
The employees apparently violated Home Depot policy that prohibits employees from chasing shoplifters. Many companies, including banks, have similar policies because they do not want employees putting themselves in harm's way to protect company property.
One of the fired employees tells KOCO-TV that the loss-prevention manager at the store told the employees they should have just wished the thieves a good day as they left.
While the employees acknowledge that they knew of the policy, they felt that it is inconsistently enforced, especially since one had previously been praised for catching someone trying to steal $2,500 worth of wire. Home Depot issued a statement that it does not comment on personnel matters.