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Employee fired for chasing shoplifter

13:30 Sat Oct 12 2013
MSN NZ

A US woman has been fired from her job of 18 years after she pursued a shoplifter, retrieved the stolen item and gathered information that led to his arrest.

The company she worked for, Lowe's, has defended the decision as her actions breached safety guidelines, reports WLKY-TV.

Karen Sizemore, a clerk at Lowe's in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, chased a man last week who was later identified as Kyle Heim, as he attempted to flee a store without paying for Dewalt tool kit priced at over $500.

She said she was "angry" and "furious" and decided to give chase due to an "adrenaline rush".

"You just get to the point where you're so tired of people stealing from you," Ms Sizemore said.

She grabbed the toolbox from his back seat and wrote down his number plate, which she passed onto police who later apprehended the suspect.

Her actions impressed co-workers who called her "Rambo, Wonder Woman," she said.

But Lowe's management were less impressed, and the emotional former employee said that her shift abruptly ended when she was sacked.

"Our policies are in place for the safety of our workers. We have very specific guidelines when it comes to handling potential shoplifters, to ensure the well-being of not only our team but our customers," company spokesperson Kris Ahern told WLKY-TV.

Ms Sizemore wants her job back and is now hiring a lawyer.

"Eighteen years with this company, (and fired) for chasing a shoplifter. This is the thanks I get, I guess."

Video source: WLKY-TV

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