An Omaha man is out of a job for what he says was doing the right thing. Steve Fennel had worked for Home Depot for four years and was currently employed as a front end supervisor. He says earlier this month he saw a man running out of the store with a radio he didn’t pay for. On his way out of the door he ran directly into Fennel.
Fennel says, “The thing that they tell you is don’t go outside but this customer slammed into me. In my mind I was assault and thought since I can’t put my hands on this guy I’m calling the cops.” Fennel did go outside to get a description of the get-away vehicle and called 911. He thought that was the end of things until the next week he was called into the managers office and was terminated for causing a safety risk.
Home Depot policy states that employees are not allowed to approach shoplifters and even acts like getting a license plate number can cause accidents or retaliation. That could put customers, the public and employees in danger.
Fennel says he did not pursue a customer in an unsafe manner. He says, “When something is wrong it is wrong. My whole life my father taught me to be a man and stand up for myself, do the right thing. If someone is stealing, tell them that isn’t right. That is basic America upbringing.” Fennel took that advice to heart and earned the Bronze Star and served several tours in Iraq. Fennel is currently looking for a new job.