Skip to comments.Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground
Posted on 04/18/2014 7:17:46 PM PDT by grundle
If youre an employee of a chain store and you see a shoplifter, dont confront them. Its been proven again and again and again and again that no matter how noble your intentions are, you can be fired from your job. As KDFW FOX 4 News reports, this is exactly what happened to one Kroger grocery store manager in Arlington, Texas.
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.
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. They didnt consider the managers actions a crime, but that didnt matter to Kroger. Kroger sent a statement to KDFW, which read in part:
The incident is not a reflection of our companys fraud prevention protocol, procedures or training He is no longer employed by our company.
The manager told the station that he had worked in loss prevention for 13 years, and believed he handled the situation properly.
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Bad PR for Kroger
“is not a reflection of our companys fraud prevention protocol, procedures or training”
Sadly, in today’s litigious America, home of The Litigation Lottery, it far cheaper in the long run to let someone like that carry off whatever they want, than to risk a confrontation, and the lawsuits that could come from that.
They call it “Risk Management”
All part of the progressive program to make Americans a nation of wimps.
Er, that would be “America.”
These situations are really difficult to call. Of course you would think that stopping thieves and especially knife-weilders is important and just.
OTOH, the crooks can turn around and accuse store employees of all the usual junk racism, etc etc and drag things out in court for years. And God forbid the store employee would injure the perp. You can imagine where that would go.
In my state, selling hard liquor in supermarkets was just voted in. The very first day, a kid robbed the neighborhood supermarket of a couple of expensive bottles of hootch. They just watched him run out the door with it and caught him on camera. I think he was apprehended by police. The store changed the location of the booze, so it’s further from the door.
All crimminals scheduled to be released from prison will know to go to Kroegers for the free stuff 0bama is not giving them.
When I use to be insane enough to live in the Marxist city of New York, all all all the time I would see people, usually blacks, going into Duane Reade drug stores, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, stuffing their pants with stuff then walking right out the front door setting off the scanner alarm. And guess what would happen? Absolutely NOTHING! Because employees weren’t allowed to confront shoplifters. So guess what would would happen next? Nothing! They just continue shoplifting! Isn’t that great? Why pay for anything! Why have cameras in the stores? Why have a scanner at the door?
When I worked in a large grocery chain in the 80’s, all male employees were required to chase down and apprehend shoplifters. Someone would call “Freight Check!” on the PA and we would all head for the front of the store prepared to crack heads. How times have changed.
part of the passification and wussification of America
Security guards, at least in NY, aren’t allowed to do anything except look bored and call the police.....IF site management let’s them.
Otherwise, lay down and play dead, it’s going to be a long night...
Translation: "We would rather have all of our law abiding customer pay for the items stolen by these thieves."
Secondary Translation: "The thieves' Thieves (lawyers) are even BIGGER THIEVES!
are you still considered a ‘suspect’ when you’re apprehended at the scene after being slammed face down with the goods?
Times have really changed. :(
In the 80’s our company was part owner in a bank.
Somebody tried, unsuccessfully, to rob it. The perp was trying to escape on foot and our bank president ran him down (on foot as well) and kept him pinned down until the cops got there. I loved the bank pres!! Don’t EVEN try to rob that bank. :)
Of course like you said times have changed as have small towns and small town banks.
I was talking to a young man who works for a grocery chain, and he said some will put a porterhouse steak in their pants then run out the store. And they are instructed not to pursue any shoplifters.
Well, he certainly looks “aggravated” ! ;)
What’s the bank president going to do-fire himself? ;)
One would think by now that the American people would all know that “No good deed goes unpunished”.
This ended my trips to Kroger.