SAHUARITA, Ariz. — A former Wal-Mart employee whose job it was to stop shoplifters says he was fired for doing his job.
Three weeks ago James Young stopped two shoplifters from leaving the garden center at the Wal-Mart in Sahuarita, Arizona.
“I risked my life and it cost me my job,” Young said.
In security video of the incident Young can be seen approaching to the young man suspected of shoplifting, and identifying himself.
“As a Wal-Mart asset protection manager, I told him, I need the merchandise you got in the sweatshirt back,” he said.
The suspect denied he had anything. Young asked for the merchandise again.
“At that point, he kicks me in groin,” said Young. “He starts to run, and I tackled him to the ground.”
An off duty federal agent and a second suspect then got involved in the scuffle.
One week later, Young, who had been a Wal-Mart employee since 2008, was fired.
“I found out after I got terminated that it came down to there’s absolutely no hands on,” he said.
Wal-Mart officials released the following statement regarding the incident.
“We take our theft prevention methods very seriously, but we have guidelines in place to ensure the safety of both our associates and customers,” said Betsy Harden of Wal-Mart’s National Media Relations.