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This is standard policy at any major retailer, and this happens fairly often. Sadly, not only would Best Buy be liable if the employee was injured, but there will most likely be a lawsuit in this case too because the poor criminal got a booboo from being thrown to the ground. And since the employee is not an officer you can bet Best Buy isn't even going to try to fight this in court and they will most likely just pay the guy.

So in the end, the employee cost Best Buy more than the cost of the laptops if there is a lawsuit (and there always is). Hence the reason for the policy, and hence the reason he was fired
    
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Yeah same policy at my store too... (Not BBY). Its just because the company doesn't want to be liable for being responsible for your death. If company policy was to pursue theves; well, you see what precedent that sets if you get shot trying to apprehend someone. Lawsuit? You bet your @**.
    
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doh.gif Total fail.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by My Desired Display Name;13402198 
Well if thats the case, anyone have a large van and some skimask?

If a store has security, the security persons can and will stop you. Regular employees are not supposed to.
    
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Same at our shop, but I've apprehended probably 4 thieves in my time there and nothing ever happened to me. Hell, the manager was happy I prevented these people.

Now, we were once held up by armed robbers. I didn't do anything then, I just give them the money and whatever else they wanted (Although I lied out of my teeth about the safe in order to put them off stealing from there too, which worked). During this time, I was more concerned about the staff working under me and their safety to try any heroics... and the area managers totally agreed that our safety comes before the stock and money. I quote:

"We can replace the money, but we can't replace you guys!"

Still, there's no way this guy should have been fired and there's no way making him wait a month to find out his fate because someone was on holiday is fair either. They should have suspended him on full pay for a duration of time where they could give him some BS training sessions on how to handle thieves, because imho, that guys is one of the good guys you want around. That or they could write him an exemplary reference so he can get another job immediately.
Edited by Viridian - 5/6/11 at 4:06am
    
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My mother is a parole officer and she has a guy on her caseload that tried to rob a subshop of some form and when the robber produced the knife the employee in pure movie style took a larger knife and said the famous line "thats not a knife... this is a knife". I believe the employee too got fired, guess its safer that way.
    
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America, where thieves have rights. lachen.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Andr3az;13402142 
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The store has a policy to protect it's employees. Yeah, it sucks for the guy - but it makes sense for Best Buy to do this, it's better for them.

To be honest, he won't have a hard time finding another job, with a news article like that listing him as a great employee and showing dedication, and a reason he got fired most places won't mind... plus his old boss will probably write a good reference.
Edited by lattyware - 5/6/11 at 4:16am
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Even though I will never shop at Best Buy because we don't have one in Wales..... I will say.... They have lost a customer
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Raul-7;13402267 
America, where thieves have rights. lachen.gif

too true

Bestbuy is pretty much encouraing thieves.

Come to our shops. Steal our stuff. We won't stop you biggrin.gif. We promise. And if someone tries, they get FIRED gunner2.gif
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