Longtime employee fired from Lowes fo...

Longtime employee fired from Lowes for chasing robber

There are 17 comments on the WHAS11 story from Oct 11, 2013, titled Longtime employee fired from Lowes for chasing robber. In it, WHAS11 reports that:

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. A long time employee of the Lowe's Home Improvement store chain was fired after she chased down a robber who was stealing tools from the store.

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Luigi Valentino

Omaha, NE

#1 Oct 13, 2013
A letter to Lowes.....

I was appalled to hear of the Termination of Karen Sizemore from your Elizabethtown, KY Store.
I do realize you have store policies and procedures. However, haven't you heard of a write up? A written warning? A verbal warning?

18 years is a very longtime. Karen's loyalty should be commended. All those years at a place, which I am sure doesn't even pay their employees much more over minimum wage.

You really should be ashamed of yourself.

I have spent Thousands of dollars at Lowes. I will be taking my business elsewhere. I will also encourage everyone I know to boycott LOWES from coast to coast. You are not the only kid on the block. Home Depot will experience an increase in sales.
I will continue to Boycott until Karen is reinstated at your company AND Given Pay for the time you forced her off the job.
I believe a Promotion, Bonus and pay raise is also in order.

SHAME ON LOWES!

Luigi Valentino
Omaha Ne.
Mr Big

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 Oct 13, 2013
Lowes doesn't care. Minimum wages, minimum service and too many times minimum attitudes by their people.

It is about catering to political correctness and not wanting to offend the marginal members of our society. It is easier to charge higher prices to offset stealing (known as 'shrink') as opposed to being accused of profiling (also known as 'probable cause') amongst the gangster wanna-be element of our society. It is too bad that those sleaze balls don't spend their time productively getting training and seeking employment instead of collecting their welfare and stealing to augment their drug habits.

I canceled my credit card there years ago and go to Home Depot.
Politically Incorrect

United States

#3 Oct 13, 2013
Just took some items back today. I wont be going back now

“Have a ”

Since: Jun 08

sunny day :)

#4 Oct 13, 2013
Walmart is the same way....a few months ago,a walmart employee was fired for rescuing a dog who was left in a hot car,and another time an autozone employee was let go for stopping an attempted robbery.These and other examples are just pitiful.
Mr Big

Elizabethtown, KY

#5 Oct 14, 2013
All to typical of big stores. Burlington Coat Factory has the same policy.

Not pursuing outside the store is a good policy as many of these gutter rats are armed.

As for service, Home Depot has workers who will not hide from you (Lowes' will) and are willing to answer your questions and wait on you.

Wally World just sucks all the way around and treats their employees like shit.
True

Erlanger, KY

#6 Oct 17, 2013
No good deed goes unpunished. Sad but true in most cases. Thank goodness there are good people still out there willing to try!
Politically Incorrect

United States

#7 Oct 17, 2013
Government wants apathy and inaction, which is why there is a war on masculinity.
datahaza

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Oct 18, 2013
True wrote:
No good deed goes unpunished. Sad but true in most cases. Thank goodness there are good people still out there willing to try!
Agree:-)
True

Springboro, OH

#9 Oct 18, 2013
War on decency, honor, and integrity as well!

Since: Feb 12

Fort Worth, TX

#10 Oct 30, 2013
As a longtime employee myself, I can promise all you haters that she was WELL aware of the company policy. Big companies keep these policies in place to protect employees and legit customers. If that thief had pulled out a weapon and killed or injured her, we'd be mourning that instead of her job.
spartan

Louisville, KY

#11 Oct 30, 2013
Mavsgirl wrote:
As a longtime employee myself, I can promise all you haters that she was WELL aware of the company policy. Big companies keep these policies in place to protect employees and legit customers. If that thief had pulled out a weapon and killed or injured her, we'd be mourning that instead of her job.
This is a good reply.And as I view it,,,a very strong part of the truth.
Fact is,she risked her own well-being (which was commendable but stupid),and put her employers in the direct line of fire for a six-figure apology lawsuit in two different ways that I can see.One-if she caught the robber and he hurt her.Or two-if she caught the robber and he "claimed" that she hurt him.Or if she would've simply fell down and got hurt along the way.And she risked all of this over a few dollars worth of fully insured merchandise.Rather foolish actually.
All that aside though,I can understand the corporation sending a message to loose cannons who risk several-hundred thousand dollars worth of lawsuits in spite of policy that's put in place to prevent just that kind of lunacy.However,now that they've made their point,,,I personally feel that reinstating her should at least be considered.
Handyman434

Campbellsville, KY

#12 Oct 31, 2013
I know she made a mistake, but I ended all of my business with them and have urged other contractors to do the same thing. It's out of principal and I was told by two managers that many employees had done worse and had be written up several times and nothing was done. Why? Because of favoritism? Two were caught out back fucking! Never fired. This is what happens when you have sorry assed management.

Since: Oct 13

Vine Grove, KY

#13 Oct 31, 2013
Ok, I have been quiet long enough. First off, contrary to what a few people are saying, THERE WAS NOT A POLICY. If there was one, I would not have been fired for the following reason as stated on my unemployment letter that I received. It states: The findings of fact establish the claimant did not knowingly violate a reasonable and uniformly enforced rule of the employer. The discharge was for reasons OTHER than misconduct connected with the work. Being there for almost 18 years, I am certain I would have been aware if there was a policy. Others have/had informed me of doing the same action that I did and they are still there. Why didn't they get fired? Guess it just depends on who you are. Apparently I wasn't "special" enough to just have received a reprimand and told not to do it again.
Tough Guy

Vine Grove, KY

#14 Oct 31, 2013
KarenS214 wrote:
Ok, I have been quiet long enough. First off, contrary to what a few people are saying, THERE WAS NOT A POLICY. If there was one, I would not have been fired for the following reason as stated on my unemployment letter that I received. It states: The findings of fact establish the claimant did not knowingly violate a reasonable and uniformly enforced rule of the employer. The discharge was for reasons OTHER than misconduct connected with the work. Being there for almost 18 years, I am certain I would have been aware if there was a policy. Others have/had informed me of doing the same action that I did and they are still there. Why didn't they get fired? Guess it just depends on who you are. Apparently I wasn't "special" enough to just have received a reprimand and told not to do it again.
Sorry, don't believe you are the person that is the subject of this post. If you are, you need to keep your mouth shut and fight this out in unemployment channels or court.
Handyman434

Campbellsville, KY

#15 Oct 31, 2013
KarenS214 wrote:
Ok, I have been quiet long enough. First off, contrary to what a few people are saying, THERE WAS NOT A POLICY. If there was one, I would not have been fired for the following reason as stated on my unemployment letter that I received. It states: The findings of fact establish the claimant did not knowingly violate a reasonable and uniformly enforced rule of the employer. The discharge was for reasons OTHER than misconduct connected with the work. Being there for almost 18 years, I am certain I would have been aware if there was a policy. Others have/had informed me of doing the same action that I did and they are still there. Why didn't they get fired? Guess it just depends on who you are. Apparently I wasn't "special" enough to just have received a reprimand and told not to do it again.
Hey Karen, i hope you have a lawyer and sue the crap out of them. I'll be a character whitness any day. I don't do business there no more. That was wrong!
spartan

Louisville, KY

#16 Oct 31, 2013
KarenS214 wrote:
Ok, I have been quiet long enough. First off, contrary to what a few people are saying, THERE WAS NOT A POLICY. If there was one, I would not have been fired for the following reason as stated on my unemployment letter that I received. It states: The findings of fact establish the claimant did not knowingly violate a reasonable and uniformly enforced rule of the employer. The discharge was for reasons OTHER than misconduct connected with the work. Being there for almost 18 years, I am certain I would have been aware if there was a policy. Others have/had informed me of doing the same action that I did and they are still there. Why didn't they get fired? Guess it just depends on who you are. Apparently I wasn't "special" enough to just have received a reprimand and told not to do it again.
Although I have to admit that what you did was foolish for several reasons,,,I believe that it was very unfair to terminate your employment when you were clearly guilty of nothing but looking after your employer's interest."Especially " after eighteen years of service.
If I can ask,have you sought your job back through diplomatic channels or sit-down litigation with leadership above the store you worked in??? The reason I ask is,I believe that with the right commentary on the right platform,and with the right presentation,,,you could talk yourself into being rehired,(even if they do though,,,it isn't likely that you'll get to keep your seniority).
If you manage to get a meeting with a necktie though,I'd firmly recommend that you only show a hurt bewildered side,,,and no aggression at all.
Good luck either way.
Tough Guy

Vine Grove, KY

#17 Oct 31, 2013
Sorry, you need to suck it up and move on. Going back to work after they fired you is a sucker bet. It would be an extremely stupid move on your part.

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