Crime and Punishment

Charge a gun. Run from a knife. Or not.

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An unnamed Kroger manager took umbrage when 51 year old career criminal Claude Medlock shoplifted from his store.

It is a long established adage that you should charge a gun and run from a knife. But that didn’t stop a Kroger manager from achieving a very Pyrrhic victory when he managed to disarm and subdue a shoplifter in the parking lot of his store. He emerged from the encounter unscathed but the act cost him his job. From KDFW:

“Cell phone video shot by a shopper shows the manager taking on the suspect in the parking lot of a Kroger store in Arlington. The manager eventually takes the knife from the man and throws the suspect to the ground.

Kroger said in a statement to FOX4 the manager’s actions were “not a reflection of our company’s fraud prevention protocol, procedures or training…He is no longer employed by our company.”

Arlington police said the shoplifter, Claude Medlock, 51, had a lengthy criminal history that includes theft and robbery convictions. Police told FOX4 they didn’t consider the manger’s actions criminal.”

While it might not have been the best idea, from both a tactical (charging a knife) and strategic (cost him his job) point-of-view, cheers go out to the unnamed manager for demonstrating his cojones and for helping send a scumbag to jail before he could prey upon the honest folks in Arlington, TX again.

Jeers go out to Kroger Corp. for firing a man who had over 13 years of loss prevention experience and obviously cared enough about his store to risk his life to protect it.

Discussion

5 responses to ‘Charge a gun. Run from a knife. Or not.

  1. I appreciate what he tried to do (did do), but if the company doesn’t give a damn about their money, I’m not sure why he should.

    • I’m guessing it’s less about protecting Kroger’s money and more reacting to a violation of his environment. A workplace can become like a second home and co-workers like an extended family. In a mindset like that the scumbag who walks into the store and starts stealing stuff isn’t stealing from Kroger, he’s stealing from the manager’s employees and could be an immediate or later threat to customers. If he considers those groups of people important, he reacts.

  2. Is there anything in a Kroger worth dying for? Kroger probably doesn’t want to get sued by a dead manager’s kin should they fail to subdue an armed robber. Not very cool but realistic given the ambulance chasers who would love to jump on the case. I know that many retail mall stores have a hands-off policy on shop-lifters… the disruption to business and hassles involved are more costly that whatever they could steal.

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