Walgreens Pharmacist Fired for Shooti...

Walgreens Pharmacist Fired for Shooting at Robbers

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#1 May 30, 2011
link here:

Wonder if this will be on Wagner's next blog!

Anyways, I think he went againt policy but I would not fire the guy. I would suspend him for a month without pay. I myself have feared being too caught up in the moment with shoplifters and get myself fired over some confrontation. Admittedly I'm not very level headed at times.

Since he was gonna be fired anyways, too bad he didn't shoot to kill.

Cypress, TX

#2 May 30, 2011
I would have fired this guy in a heartbeat. Sorry, you don't escalate the incident. Although there's no guarantee, much more than likely the robbers would have made off with whatever they were after (drugs, money) without firing a shot. With this pharmacist opening fire on the intruders he risked hitting someone else and/or possibly creating a hostage situation. Even though it ended up OK, this was a very stupid move. Also, if he were able to get awa with it how many more employees would bring their own weapons into the store?

Owings Mills, MD

#4 May 30, 2011
It's funny how it is assumed every armed robber will just take the loot and run? What makes you think that way? Company policy! Take for example the other case where the clerk was raped in the restroom, why were the staff who chased after the rapist not fired?
In this case the guy was licensed to carry a concealed weapon, a right protected by the constition, nobody knew he had a gun till he was forced to defend himself, and at that point, after he shows his weapon, he is expected to raise his hands, open the safe and expect the robbers will just take the loot and leave.

Scott Depot, WV

#5 May 30, 2011
Idiots making policy can't accept better phallus.

Cypress, TX

#6 Jun 1, 2011
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 11:24:15 PM by azturk

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

April 13, 2003, Sunday, BC cycle Kokomo, IN

A drug store manager who fired two shots at an armed robber has been terminated by CVS Corp. officials, who said his actions put his co-worker's life in danger.

Mike DeAngelis, spokesman for Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS, said Mike Hart was fired for exercising poor judgment.

"We certainly understand the difficult situation he's going through, but we investigated it and decided he exercised poor judgment in discharging a firearm at a fleeing suspect, needlessly putting people's lives at risk," DeAngelis said.

Hart, 46, had been the store's manager for three years. He said he feels he was terminated "because I fought back."

According to police reports, Hart and a female co-worker were getting ready to close the store on March 29 when a man walked in and asked about purchasing baby items.

The man pulled out a handgun and demanded money and forced Hart and his co-worker into an upstairs office, where the store's safe was located. Hart obeyed the man's orders and gave him cash. But instead of leaving the store with the money, the intruder then started to put on gloves.

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Elizabeth, NJ

#7 Jun 1, 2011
@ geraldo

So the robber was fleeing after he put on his gloves? What's the rationale for termination putting fellow staff in danger, what happened to the robber?

United States

#8 Jun 3, 2011
This is bs, how can you know that the robbers aren't going to kill the witnesses? you don't until its too late. In my years as an overnight manager, i have drawn my gun 4 times, never fired once, just brandishing is usually enough to scare off or subdue thieves. however, if my life were truly in danger I would not hesitate shooting to kill. Who will provide for my family if I am dead. "Cooperate and Comply" is horse s***
wag wench


#9 Jun 11, 2011
why not ask the Manager at KFC-shot by thugs - left in a wheel chair for life - about it. What good is company policy when a person has to live with a tube shoved down their throat...
wag wench


#10 Jun 11, 2011
police - often say that if a thug is wearing a mask they will not shoot- but with out one they are more apt to shoot a person.But why find out or take the risk @50/50 odds.

Owings Mills, MD

#11 Jun 11, 2011
@ wag wrench
I Thoth the opposite was the truth; the worse the crime the more prep and disguise is needed in order not to get caught and jailed for life or lethal injection.
Anyway it really does not matter, robbery is not a science, nobody knows what's going to happen including the robber with a loaded gun!

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