A veteran was fired from Home Depot after he decided to confront three shoplifters

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Jim Tinney’s years in the Army taught him the importance of speaking up when necessary. The 70-year-old did just that when he noticed three shoplifters trying to make off with thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Home Depot where he worked in Pearland, Texas.

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KTRK reports that Tinney lost his job after throwing a paint roller extension at their feet in an attempt to stop them, even though the robbers weren’t injured.

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Company spokesman Stephen Holmes referred to a strict company policy “that only [their] trained security personnel can pursue and engage shoplifters.”

Even Tinney admitted that the training was straightforward. Still, he argues that the company should have handed down a gentler punishment

“I think they could have written me up, reprimanded me, but terminate me? That’s pretty strong,” he said in an interview. “I’m 70 years old. I need to work. I needed that job. I enjoyed working with customers figuring out what they wanted to do. It’s fun.”

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