Skip to comments.Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground
Posted on 04/19/2014 12:17:23 AM PDT by piytar
A customer in the parking lot of the Kroger recorded the incident on their cellphone. In the video, you can see the unnamed manager approach the shoplifting suspect. The suspect appears to have a knife in his hand. The manager shoves him into a parked car and gets the knife out the suspects hand before eventually slamming him down to the ground.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
I see they want to be more like KMart, Sears, JC Penney, Circuit City, et al.
“The alleged shoplifter is 51-year-old Claude Medlock. According to KDFW, Arlington Police say that Mr. Medlock has a, lengthy criminal history that includes theft and robbery convictions.”
Shame he didn’t “accidentally” fall on his own knife in the struggle, heh heh heh...
As for the manager...I’m sympathetic to him, and hope he gets his job back. Still, it’s never a good idea to approach an armed man when you aren’t, unless it’s unavoidable. The manager basically risked his life for the value of whatever the perp stole - probably less than $100 worth of stuff.
Sure, the manager surely acted out of principle, not dollar value of the stolen items, but at the end of the day, it still adds up to risking your life against a guy with a knife over a few bucks worth of groceries. It’s not worth it, especially when you find out your employer is only too happy to throw you under the bus for trying to the right thing instead of following “the rules.”
Anyway, glad the guy is okay. And I do hope Kroger reconsiders and gives the guy his job back.
Die, corporate scum.
I’m curious.... Did Kroger have a life insurance policy on this manager, payable to the Corp? Many corporations do that and if the manager broke the ‘rules’ and got hurt or killed then the Insurance company wouldn’t have to pay out on him.
Just a thought...
Maybe the Manager had invested in training such as 5 Second Survival. Did that ever cross your mind in your speculation?
I also have used my advanced hand to hand training from my time in the military. Did that ever enter into your speculation as to what one anyone but you should do?
Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
This is all about the impending lawsuit from the now “injured” perp.
Remind me not to shop at Kroger.
Thanks for the link. My message to Kroger (and we are big time customers of theirs):
“You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for firing the manager who apprehended and disarmed Claude Medlock. Instead of firing him, he should have been promoted, as he had the company’s interest at heart.
Corporate hierarchies (not just you) are constantly complaining about employees not being loyal. This incident is a textbook example of why that is. The only people who should be fired from Kroger are the person who ordered the firing and those who acquiesced to it.”
I’m willing to bet that this manager had a conflict between the corporate policy of allowing shoplifters to escape and his obligation to reduce shoplifting losses in order to earn bonuses and maintain his ranking within the corporation to feed his family. I’d be suing Kroger one way or another if I was him.
Link to the video of the take down.
This is all about the impending lawsuit from the now injured perp.
And or potential cost if the mgr had been injured or disabled.
Yeah, the criminal will sue. Kroger is hoping to head that off. Shoplifters are usually spoken to but not apprehended if they resist. One possible exception is alcohol. Kroger can be sued for what the shoplifter does with the alcohol.
Damn lawyers are killing this country.
This is all about you and me as we pay in the long run for loss in our bill at the check out.
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