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.