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An AutoZone worker who stopped an armed robbery by retrieving a weapon from his truck said he was fired by the company for violating their gun policy.

Devin McClean and his store manager were about to close the AutoZone in York County, Va. when a gunman barged into the store.

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*Sigh* more clever coporate thinking...you seem to lose more common sense the higher up the ladder you get...

This guy saved them money and saved a man's life, and his reward is to be fired? People wonder why other people don't step forwards these days, it's because of stuff like this happening!
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If an employee feels comfortable using a gun, I say the management should supply him with one.

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pretty much a lose lose situation for the guy

either he came back in with the gun to protect his friend and get fired (which is what happened)
or he doesn't and drives away and gets considered a coward that only thinks about saving himself (whether he calls the police or not)

AutoZone should be ashamed of themselves, rules like that need to have some kind of exception for that kind of situation
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You'd think by now that this whole "zero tolerance" nonsense is just that nonsense and just gives the company or organization an excuse to be lazy and immoral, especially since these policies have been proven to be useless to begin with
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[quote name='Brando212' timestamp='1354642208' post='595368084']
pretty much a lose lose situation for the guy

either he came back in with the gun to protect his friend and get fired (which is what happened)
or he doesn't and drives away and gets considered a coward that only thinks about saving himself (whether he calls the police or not)

AutoZone should be ashamed of themselves, rules like that need to have some kind of exception for that kind of situation
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[size=5][b]Yes their policies are terrible--[/b][/size]

[size=5][b]I myself fell victim to this circumstance...[/b][/size]

[size=5][b]I was feeling ill already worked my shift .... Someone didn't show up... they asked me to work until they found a replacement...four hours later they didn't.. I began to cough up blood (found out I had double pneumonia ... things were slow so I said to the manager I needed to go to the hospital... he said NO I could not go... I started feeling dizzy... so I asked again to go... he said No... I called the district manager-- he said that I should go to the hospital... So I punched out... went to the Hospital and was in the hospital for four weeks... [/b][/size]
[size=5][b]When I got back..[/b][/size]

[size=5][b]I was told that I had quit because I clocked out before my scheduled time even though I had the approval of my district manager. To make matters worse is that I had already worked my 8 hours that were scheduled, which to me didn't make sense... clocking out when I had already worked what I was scheduled.When I confronted the district manager about this I was told... Well that is the company policy. I had worked for them for 3 years.[/b][/size]

[size=5][b]That and four years later I applied at a different location and was told once I quit that I can no longer work for the corporation.[/b][/size]

So this does not surprise me at all.

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[quote name='redvamp128' timestamp='1354643395' post='595368132']
[size=4]Yes their policies are terrible--

I myself fell victim to this circumstance...

I was feeling ill already worked my shift .... Someone didn't show up... they asked me to work until they found a replacement...four hours later they didn't.. I began to cough up blood (found out I had double pneumonia ... things were slow so I said to the manager I needed to go to the hospital... he said NO I could not go... I started feeling dizzy... so I asked again to go... he said No... I called the district manager-- he said that I should go to the hospital... So I punched out... went to the Hospital and was in the hospital for four weeks...
When I got back..[/size]

[size=4]I was told that I had quit because I clocked out before my appointed time even though I had the approval of my district manager. When I confronted the district manager about this I was told... Well that is the company policy. I had worked for them for 3 years.[/size]

So this does not surprise me at all.
[/quote]especially in your case i would have taken them to court sense you had gotten approval and it literally was a health emergency

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[quote]So this does not surprise me at all.[/quote]
Good god! If that had been me I'd have gone nuts on the company.

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I shop at Advance.
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I hope this guys lands on his feet soon. I'm sure he's a local hero who won't have a problem getting another job.

And with that, I will never go to Auto Zone again. Congratulations AutoZone execs, this guy may have saved you $2000; but now you have lost and will lose way more than that.

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[quote name='Brando212' timestamp='1354643611' post='595368142']
especially in your case i would have taken them to court sense you had gotten approval and it literally was a health emergency
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When he was confronted-- he said ...

"I said that If I were you I would go to the hospital, but I didn't approve you clocking out."
"If you had just left and not clocked out the company policy would not have been able to been enforced."
"You should have called an ambulance to come get you then that would have fallen under the emergency leave time."

I didn't see a reason to call an ambulance since I was less than 3 blocks from the Hospital... where I collapsed in the ER.

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[quote name='redvamp128' timestamp='1354644838' post='595368230']
When he was confronted-- he said ...

"I said that If I were you I would go to the hospital, but I didn't approve you clocking out."
"If you had just left and not clocked out the company policy would not have been able to been enforced."
"You should have called an ambulance to come get you then that would have fallen under the emergency leave time."

I didn't see a reason to call an ambulance since I was less than 3 blocks from the Hospital... where I collapsed in the ER.
[/quote]still sounds full of crap to me and i bet you'd still have a winning case

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I'm running out of Auto shops to go to, between this and Pep Boys totally disrespecting Veterans over and over again, I have been releagated to any Mom and Pop type place if there's any left or Walmart

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[quote name='z0phi3l' timestamp='1354645223' post='595368246']
I'm running out of Auto shops to go to, between this and Pep Boys totally disrespecting Veterans over and over again, I have been releagated to any Mom and Pop type place if there's any left [b]or Walmart[/b]
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I hear they have a fine selection of Little Trees and Yosemite Sam floor mats!
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Robberies and theft are a fine line in retail. In the case of robberies, we were told to comply with their demands, no questions asked. With theft, we were told never to approach or chase the suspect, but to report it to your higher up.

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Is it better to just let them take the money and leave? His manager

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[quote]Is it better to just let them take the money and leave?[/quote]

99% of the time yes. That's why companies have a do as the thieves ask policy.

This said it's definately not a reason to fire someone. I mean it's a case by case. He felt it was safer to confront the armed thief and nobody got injured. He was there, the guy who fired him was not.

BTW props to him for not shooting someone running away. Finally a guy who have balls between the legs.

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This man is a trained soldier and did what he was trained to do and lost his job. Someone down there give him a job so he can provide for his family.

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[quote name='Doli' timestamp='1354645935' post='595368298']
Is it better to just let them take the money and leave?
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Yes, but in many robberies, the crooks don't [i]just[/i] take the money and leave -- they kill the store employees.

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Most stores have a policy of being non-confrontational towards customers (or robbers). An employee found violating that policy is usually fired.

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I work for them some of the most stupid policies ever.

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Same sort of thing happened to a walgreens employee a while back.

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I wouldn't want to tackle an irate customer or a robber these days. You never know what kind of juice they are on. You could get hurt or killed.

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