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Home Depot cans workers that foiled shoplifter

Customer shoplifts. Employees chase customer to parking lot. Shoplifter threatens to shoot employees before running away. Customers write down shoplifter's car license plate. Police ultimately nab shoplifter.

Uh, story doesn't end there.

The employees were fired.

No, really. Check out the full story here.

See, those employees broke their company's policy. At the Home Depot, it's never fair game to chase a shoplifter.

"Even if you pursue a shoplifter to get their tag number, they often then speed away, putting everyone in the lot at risk. The problem is that pursuing shoplifters is extremely dangerous, which is why we only allow trained security personnel to do so."
— Stephen Holmes, Home Depot corporate communicators director

Look, we get it that chasing shoplifters is not safe. We also get that Home Depot has some history with this particular topic.

Earlier this month, a suspected shoplifter was arrested for stabbing and injuring a Home Depot loss prevention officer at a store in North Carolina. Less than two weeks later, at another Home Depot store in North Carolina, a customer allegedly punched a cashier in the head during an argument over a receipt. The employee suffered brain damage, according to the company.

We get a rule was broken.

But, firing employees for actually helping seems... well, God bless, Corporate America, one and all.

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The Crossroads Pawn and Audio in Little River, S.C., put up the sign last week which reads, "We sell AR-15's because we're not Dick's."

The company also posted a photo of the sign to their Facebook page Tuesday, which was met with mostly supportive comments.



Barbara Davey, a manager of the shop, spoke to local TV station WPDE and said, "It was a simple marketing idea is all it was."

She said that the sign was met with some pushback, but has brought in more business.

"We have a few people, you know, who weren't in favor of the sign but our positive feedback really outweighed that negative feedback," said Davey.

The store posted a statement on Monday explaining their stance on guns: "An AR15 is NOT a combat weapon or a tactical assault rifle. In no way are the horrific massacres happening to our children and in our schools acceptable. This violence must stop."

They also support the NRA.



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