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Heroic AutoZone Employee Fired for Using Gun to Thwart Armed Robbery

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by SaltwaterServr, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Devin McClean never thought that saving his boss’s life would cost him his job … but it did. McClean and his manager were getting ready to close a Virginia AutoZone shop when a gunman burst in and forced the manager to open the store’s safe.

    McClean was able to sneak outside, grab a gun from his truck. He was able to scare off the robber, quite possibly saving his boss’s life.

  2. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian 3.141529 Zone Supporter

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    On a level I have no problem with this, on another it is outrageous.
  3. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Thank you! You're fired!

    What guy...

    The 'Letter Of The Law' really is a destructive concept.
  4. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I agree. It is a poorly written policy that many companies utilize. It really ignores reality in an effort to limit the companies exposure to lawsuits in case something bad happens. The boss had no choice because it is a corporate policy.
  5. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Pretty sad...

    They probably took his gun away, too. :rolleyes:

    In some states there used to be a law that if you don't help while witnessing a crime, you could be arrested. Same with Doctors...if they walk away during some sort of accident and don't help like they could...they can get arrested.

    I bet that kid gets another job, a good one.
  6. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Stupidity has run rampant in America.
  7. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    We need more spirit. I almost always go with the spirt v. the letter.
  8. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    This is what happens when corporations write policies that are essentially catch-alls because it's not worth their time to hash out every single possibile instance of an act that would be exempt. While not stupid by itself, when compounded with a lack of a review process it's inherently moronic.
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    What level is that?
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    As usual its mostly the lawyers that are at fault
  11. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    The same level that has him thinking a #1 WR is one that is constantly out with hamstring injuries.
  12. bigdnlaca

    bigdnlaca Well-Known Member

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    This story is kind of similar to Katt Williams slapping that Target guy and he got fired because he called the police on his cell phone.

    Virginia is an at-will employment state so it will be tough for the employee to sue. Yes, he saved his life but retaliation might happen from the robber because the employee pulled the gun and I guess the boss feels he has to do what is best for the safety of the building, employees, and customers.
  13. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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  14. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    They probably saved his life by firing him, and I really don't think he should fret too much over loosing his entry level job.
  15. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Without a doubt this is the dumbest thing I will read today and I hope Auto Zone faces a backlash.
  16. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Yup ...... O'Reilly's is on the other side of town ..... but they are getting all my business now.
  17. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Do you know if they have a similar corporate policy? I would think they do, but I don't know that for a fact. You may want to try out a mom-and-pop store if there is one around.

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