Best Buy fires employees who sacked shoplifter

A pair of Best Buy employees chased and tackled a knife-wielding shoplifter in the parking lot of a Colorado store.

And then, they were fired.

The Broomfield Enterprise newspaper reports the security guards were fired, they said, for breaking a company policy against making physical contact with customers. “I knew I wasn’t supposed to tackle the guy,” one employee said. “It’s to protect [Best Buy] from getting sued.”

The other employee said he never received such training and that the company “kind of left us in a gray area, and I think they did it intentionally.” Best Buy’s corporate media relations department didn’t return the newspaper’s phone calls.

The thief, by the way, got away. (via The Consumerist)

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Grace McGarvie on 08/18/2009 - 02:43 pm.

    Best Buy is nuts! When did trying to do good become a firing offense. Talk about values, I will not shop at Best Buy again until they rehire these heroes!!!!

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