How To Get Fired: Help Someone In Need!

“Mike and I thought we did the good deed of the day,” says Paul Shoemaker — and why wouldn’t he?

After all, Shoemaker and Mike McGee, co-workers at a Sprint outlet at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, were heading on break when they heard a cry for help from an aging security guard as a shoplifting suspect blazed past them — and instead of ignoring this plea, they chased the guy down, caught him, and held him until mall security and police arrived.

Their reward for this heroic action? They were fired.

From an April 27th Westword blog post titled “Sprint employees fired for capturing shoplifter

NOTE: Remember to tune in on to the PI Window on Business on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 8:00 PM EST as I interview one of the top employment lawyers in the country to talk about this as well as other cases on “Wal-Mart, Sexual Discrimination and the Good Samaritans.”

I actually came across the above story through NY Times bestselling author Larry Winget, who posted it in Facebook.

Appalled by what I can only describe as being the myopic view of Sprint in terms of applying a policy that while having merits under the proper circumstances (protect store employees and customers), its broad application to include the situation for which these gentlemen played a necessary and conscientious role borders on ridiculous.

What are your thoughts, and what would you say to these gentlemen if you had the chance?

Well you have the chance, because joining me on a special PI Window on Business evening segment on Monday, May 3rd at 8:00 PM EST are the two individuals who deserve praise instead of termination, Mike McGee and Paul Shoemaker to share their story and feelings on what is undoubtedly an unforgettable and probably bewildering experience.

Please note that I will be opening our 1-800 number for you to call in with your comments and I hope support for two people who looked beyond themselves and did the right thing, by getting involved and coming to the aid of another human being who was in trouble.

Remember to use the following link or click on the Blog Talk Radio icon below to access the live broadcast of Monday’s special evening broadcast of “How To Get Fired: Help Someone In Need!” at 8:00 PM EST on the Blog Talk Radio Network.

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6 Responses to “How To Get Fired: Help Someone In Need!”
  1. Nile says:

    Maybe if they were in the store, but on break or personal time outside the store . . . no way. They should be praised

  2. Bob says:

    I’m curious what reason they gave for axing the two gentlemen.

  3. Kate says:

    I actually agree with this. The average citizen can’t legally do this. Most security guards at malls and stores can’t even do it. These laws are to prevent things like the CVS incident (guy steals toothpaste and crayons, manager strangles him for minutes until he DIES). If the employee was on break, they were still legally in the wrong and it depends on company policy. If the employee was done for the day, got drunk, and made a scene outside of the store, would he get fired? If so, this is fair. He did something illegal and got fired.

    • Interesting take Kate. To begin, I applaud the courage of your convictions as your position is definitely in the minority in no small way.

      The question I have is when does one cross the line between willful indifference to the plight of another human being and, foolhardy intercession?

      The authorities (re police) commended them for their actions.

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