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Wal-Mart Fires Security Guard for Chasing Shoplifter

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

They say that no good deed goes unpunished, and so it seems in this case.

A Wal-Mart guard saw a man in the act of stealing golf balls.  He chased the suspect, who pulled a knife and was later arrested, across the parking lot.  In doing so, the guard violated Wal-Mart's policy against chases.   He was fired the next day.

What do you think about this?   Should Wal-Mart have treated the guard so harshly?

I'll leave the answer to the moral part of the question to you.  The answer to the legal part of the question is that Wal-Mart was clearly within its rights to set a policy on how shoplifting incidents were to be handled and to decide that the guard's violation of that policy warranted termination.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...


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