Friday, June 08, 2007

Home Depot -Worst Employer Ever?

The Man was beside himself back when Home Depot first opened. Not only would this store hurt the labor trades with their low prices, but he knew they would offer crap equipment and homeowners would forgo quality for low prices...and service calls would triple.

What bothered me was the fact that so many people talk about the woes of the Wal-Mart employees -but from what I have heard, Home Depot is one of the worst employers ever. Not one second overtime. Crappy schedules. Low Pay (even for experienced tradesman and college grads). Minimum benefits and to top all that off NO employee discount.

Then yesterday I read this:

"A former Home Depot employee said the company fired him and three other workers because they helped police catch several suspected shoplifters in May.

Midwest City police said the men helped officers catch suspected shoplifters as they tried to run from a store with lawn equipment.

An internal memo from Home Depot outlines that associates cannot accuse, detain, chase or call the police on any customer for shoplifting.

Bob Stewart said what really doesn't make sense is a termination letter Home Depot gave him and three other employees after they helped police catch the shoplifters.

"We saw them with the merchandise. We saw them run out of the store. I never kept my eyes off of them. Then when we asked them for a receipt, and that's when they dropped the merchandise and they kept running. One guy still had a chainsaw while he was running, and that's when the cops tackled him," he said.

The letter said Stewart and the others were fired because "he pursued and assisted in the apprehension of suspected shoplifters." (source)

I can't begin to fathom why a company would object to diligent employees that would endanger themselves to protect corporate merchandise.

But wait, the story gets better. It turns out the shoplifters were driving a stolen vehicle and the owner of the car, John Ross who was appalled at Home depot's actions, gave the men a reward and much appreciation.

Stockholders seem pretty miffed too.

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