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)

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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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