A former grocery retailer clerk says he was fired for being a Good Samaritan after he stopped an alleged thief from working away with an aged girl’s purse.
Amir Shedyak, 20, says the incident occurred final month whereas he was working at a Hannaford grocery retailer in Burlington, Vt. He saved the girl’s purse and was later fired for violating his office’s security guidelines, in keeping with a post on his Fb web page that has generated 1000’s of reactions.
“I simply really feel that what I had carried out was not flawed and mustn’t have resulted in me being fired,” he wrote.
Shedyak had been on the retailer for 4 years and was worker of the month earlier this 12 months, WCAX stories. He’s additionally a part-time volunteer firefighter.
He says he had simply clocked in at work when one other worker reported the theft to him. He took off working, noticed the suspect and chased him down.
“He had the purse in his hand,” Shedyak instructed WCAX.
He says he managed to pin the suspect down and retrieve the purse, however the man slithered free and escaped whereas he was on the cellphone with police.
Shedyak says he was glad to return the purse to its proprietor.
“She was making an attempt to supply me cash,” he stated. Shedyak turned the girl down and stated he simply needed to do what’s proper.
“It’s not like I used to be going to do that to be some hero,” he stated.
Adrian Moore, 29, was later arrested on a larceny cost in reference to the incident, in keeping with police.
Hannaford suspended Shedyak whereas it investigated the incident, then known as him in and fired him, in keeping with his put up.
“The result resulted in me getting fired on account of questions of safety whereas on firm time,” he wrote.
Shedyak instructed WCAX that he was pissed off by the end result, as a result of issues may need turned out in a different way if he had not been on the clock.
“Why ought to it make a distinction that, hey, I’m clocked in now — he’s in hassle. If I wasn’t clocked in — oh, you probably did a great job,” he stated.
Hannaford administration declined to touch upon “personnel issues” when requested concerning the case.
Native lawyer Pietro Lynn says Shedyak was doubtless fired on account of authorized legal responsibility considerations.
“It’s not unusual in any respect for employers to discourage staff from laying fingers on clients,” he instructed WXAX.
He identified that such an encounter might have led to an harm and an costly lawsuit.
“There are such a lot of instances in Vermont the place employers are held liable for the wrongful acts of their staff,” he stated.
Shedyak says he’s discovered a brand new job for the reason that incident occurred.
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