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Someone find a job for ex-Home Depot guy

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published May 18, 2012

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There'll be a story in Saturday's Vindy that you'll want to read.

Last week, we reported about Boardman police being upset that Home Depot let a shoplifter go despite the police catching him due to an employee who called it in — which is against company policy.

Well -- guess what happened to the employee? See Ashley Luthern's story Saturday.

I can understand Home Depot's policy in that, if the shoplifter turns and opens fire to evade capture for a $25 stolen hammer, our crowd react would be -- "What the hell were they stopping him for -- for a $25 hammer? They can afford that."

That's for sure what we would have said. You know who you are. Just about all of us.

But that it happened and that no one was hurt, it's difficult to accept that a guy is now out of a job.

Anyone need an honest worker with management experience?

Read Saturday's Vindy to get more informed.



1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Has the Vindicator offered him a job?

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The message in this lesson is ... Robin Hood is back! Steal from the rich and give to the poor!

Or, is it steal from the poor and give to the rich...I am confused!?!

Who is really paying for all of this? Who are the rich and who are the poor?

This sounds to me like a government run program!

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3chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Home Depot's mistake was that it failed to educate all its employees on its policy and the consquences of its violation.

We are confusing our sense of morals with a company's ability to determine how employees must act during the course oif employment.

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4southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I understand Home Depot's policy; yet, they are over reacting to the situation.

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5peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The FACT of this matter is, that the employee did not chase the suspect out of the store. He stayed INSIDE the store and called the police.

It was the POLICE who caught the thief, with MERCHANDISE IN HAND, took him back to the store. And what does the manager do? He says "We are NOT filing charges, and further, he can KEEP the merchandse"! Then turns around the fires the employee!!!!!!! WTH?!?!?

That is insane! I'll never step foot inside a HD again.

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6mrblue(1175 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Has anyone asked the store manager what the dollar amount is on walking out of the store without paying? The paying customer pays a higher price simply because someone has to cover the losses of those who don'tr pay. The welcome mat is out at the Home Depot for all those who feel as though they don't want to pay for anything.

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7taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Franko....It would be great if we could get an update on this story. I'm sure many of us would appreciate knowing if he was able to get his job back or another one. thanks

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8Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I have worked at Home Depot before, and even the lowliest worker is trained in these matters. He clearly knew what he was doing was against company policy, and he did it anyway. What other corporate employer will want him now, since corporate employers really only want zombies who follow their clearly stated policies, regardless of what is right?

There are many people like this gentleman who are out of work, though, people who are just as upstanding and work for the good in the world. It seems silly to try to find a job for just one of them who happened to break a company policy to do right. We should try to figure out how to change the world so all of them can be employed, and by better employers than corporate capitalist numbskulls who only care about minutia like the policies that this gentleman broke because he saw something illegal happening and tried to act out of good morals.

Corporate capitalism has its head up its butt, as usual.

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9peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Tigerlilly - you change the world one person at a time. No reason we shouldn't start with this guy.

Mr. Franko, an update would be appreciated, if you have one?

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10IslandMike(764 comments)posted 4 years ago

This is one of the most read stories by county jail inmates. Don't think that they aren't well aware of the FACT that they can steal all they want and NOT be prosecuted. AWESOME!!

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11jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 4 years ago

Home Depot is not the only retailer with this policy. Where I work it is the same. Even if I see somone take something and conceal it, all I can do is ask the person to give it back. It is against company policy to try and detain the shoplifter for police so if they want to leave with the merchandise we have to let them. Until these retailers adopt more agressive plans to detain and prosecute shoplifting the problem will continue and escalate.

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