Concealed Carrier Fired After Saving Woman’s Life at GM Facility

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‘You shouldn’t have had a firearm here. After this is done he needs to be escorted off the property. He’s not welcome back here.” That was the reaction of an un-named General Motors employee after Didarul Sarder used his lawfully concealed handgun to safe the life of Stephanie Kerr after she’d been attacked and stabbed multiple times by another woman at GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan earlier this week. Sarder was a valet for a subcontractor at the GM facility when the incident occurred. And while Government Motors may not think much of his decision to carry on the job (in Detroit…go figure), the local mayor and police chief have good things to say about him . . .

Police and Mayor of Warren Jim Fouts say Sarder is a hero who should be honored.

“Had it not been for his quick action and quick thinking, pulling out his concealed weapon, she might have been murdered on site,” Fouts said.

Despite being out of work, Sarder told fox2detroit that he has no regrets.

“I would do it all over again,” he said. “If I could save this woman’s life over a job. I can get another job.”

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  1. avatar Vhyrus says:

    As if you needed another reason to never buy a GM.

    1. avatar MiniMe says:

      Indeed.

      GM and its associated companies have been on my s**t-list since ’95.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Now I know why tigers eat their young.”

        — Rodney Dangerfield

        EDIT –

        Update, 8:49 EST

        From the link Vyrus provided:

        “Jill Nagel, spokeswoman for the Chicago-based valet service SP+ Corp., which contracts with GM, said Thursday that Sarder “is not nor was he ever terminated.” She said Sarder was placed on suspension per company policy — although she did not know if it was with or without pay — until the incident is investigated internally.

        Green said Thursday that police understood that Sarder’s employer is keeping him, but he will not be back at GM. Nagel said the decision on whether to keep Nagel at GM has not been determined.

        GM spokesman Michael Albano said GM’s policy is that it does not permit firearms on any GM property.”

        So, he still has a job.

        1. avatar Vhyrus says:

          Here’s the deal with that: if that particular company only works with GM in that region (which is a fairly common thing for many subcontractors) then he will either have to move to a new state or find a new job. I have worked as a subcontractor for a major corp. If they say you’re gone, you’re gone unless you have preferential treatment in your company. Also if he suspended without pay that’s about as good as fired since he has no income.

        2. avatar neiowa says:

          So when Barry visited did his SS keepers check their firearms at the company line?

        3. avatar george from fort worth says:

          so i guess up there in the rust belt, among dying cities, letting someone be attacked and killed is always the proper, safe, politically correct thing to do. yet them that live up there think that is the hallmark of social justice. unfortunately, the last few years we have seen a wave of them fleeing there and bringing that nonsense here.

    2. avatar Martin Gomez says:

      Exactly.

      He should post a gofundme so people can kick in.

      1. avatar Ethan says:

        ^^^This. I’ve been giving $15 or $20 to gun-owners in need through sites like this. The Ohio Buckeye Firearms guy whose house burnt down got $15,000 in a week from Gun owners and NRA members.

        We need more positive influence like that.

    3. avatar dug knaus says:

      Yes!

    4. avatar Harley56 says:

      What does this have to do with buying a GM vehicle?

  2. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    Agreed +1

  3. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    I hope someone will see the good in this and offer him better employment. This after a coworker of mine received a death threat today…oh and I work in a weapons free workplace.

    1. avatar Peter says:

      I will hire him immediately if he is willing to move to Iowa.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    Hats off to you, dude. Good luck in your job hunt.

    And FUCK GM.

  5. avatar Adub says:

    Yeah, GM has a big company mindset.

    For some reason they’re worried about the liability of a workplace shooting, but not killing people with ignition switches. Go figure.

    1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      Not only that, but their unarmed, contracted security is a joke. They can’t even keep competitors with cameras out of their facilities. I never trusted them to keep guns out, which is why I always carried on the proving grounds when I briefly worked for them.

    2. avatar Anon in CT says:

      Yeah, GM has a big government mindset.

      There. FIFY.

    3. avatar The Phantom says:

      Excellent point. Next time they go bankrupt let’s just put them out of our misery.

  6. avatar Another Robert says:

    Wait a minute–he’s black. He can’t be a “concealed carrier”, they are all white male racists. And misogynists, too, so why would he worry about saving a woman’s life? Story can’t be true, just ask Shannon.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      Based on the name, I’d guess his ancestry is from SW Asia, not Africa.

  7. avatar Jim Jones says:

    He has not been fired, he has just been reassigned to a different site. GM contracted out the valet. Yes, GM sucks. NO, he didn’t lose his job. For goodness’ sake TTAG, do a little bit of journalistic research before hitting the “post” button.

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2016/02/10/general-motors-tech-center-stabbing/80172408/

    “GM spokesman Michael Albano said Wednesday afternoon that neither GM nor the valet service contracted by GM has fired anyone.”

    1. avatar jwm says:

      My FUCK GM stands.

      1. avatar dug knaus says:

        How about “Go to Hell, GM, Go to Hell.”

    2. avatar Jon in CO says:

      The Fox2 Detroit report in the link, with video, says he was fired. So calm down.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        Try reading the article below the video. GM did not fire him. As an employee of a subcontractor (“vendor”), GM had no power to fire him. Whether or not the vendor fired him or reassigned him is an unanswered question.

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      He’s not fired, he just can’t work with GM anymore. There’s such a big difference!

      /epic sarcasm

  8. avatar Mark says:

    GM = disgusting for firing this guy. This is what our country has become. WEAK.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      GM did not and could not fire him. He was not a GM employee. All GM could do was to ban him from GM’s property–which it did.

      1. avatar dug knaus says:

        Mark N.: Bravo Sierra. Which is what all GM products are.

      2. avatar egg says:

        Which is why I won’t be replacing my CRV with a GMC Truck as I had planned.

  9. avatar Eric says:

    So this happened in Warren, not Detroit, about 13 miles between the two, and if this had happened at Ford or FIAT Chrysler or any other large company it would have been exactly the same same result. Not sure why everyone is shocked that he got canned. Yes, he’s the hero, no question, but it’s a posted “Criminal Entitlement Zone”, you break the rule, you pay the price.

    EDIT: My wife works at the GM Tech Center, and she said more people were worked up about the guy having a gun, rather than mother and daughter in a knife assult.

    1. avatar Mike says:

      She must have been well liked at work that her coworkers would have rather seen her dead than saved by a guy with a gun.

    2. avatar GEG says:

      Considering that it is clear that your wifes co-workers would rather see her dead then saved by a man with CCW I think I might suggest she find better work.

  10. avatar Jim in Conroe says:

    If you read this carefully, you will see that this guy did not work for GM, but for one of their vendors, and he may even have been a subcontractor providing transportation services to the vendor. GM did not fire him. At the most, they initially asked him (maybe ordered him) to leave the premises, where the shooting occurred. It’s not even clear, if the person who asked him to leave even had the authority to make this decision. If he was fired, it was by the contract vendor or their subcontractor, so go ahead and boycott S+Valet.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      where the shooting occurred

      There was no shooting.

  11. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    You shouldn’t have had a firearm here.

    Only logical conclusion: GM would rather the victim have died from the attack.

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      ‘You shouldn’t have had a firearm here.

      Looks like he needs a firearm there.

      Pretty amazing that the GM employee has more hatred for lawful gun owners than caring for the saving of a person’s life. – And he is immediately ready to embrace more victims of such with his ridiculous actions.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      GM would rather the victim have died from the attack.

      What do you expect from a company that would rather have its customers die than replace a faulty ignition switch?

      1. avatar Adub says:

        Her death would have solved a headcount problem…

  12. avatar Bob313 says:

    “I would do it all over again,” he said. “If I could save this woman’s life over a job. I can get another job.”

    That is the most honorable thing I have heard in a long time.

    1. avatar East Slope Charlie says:

      ditto. Honor is currently in very short supply.

    2. avatar What about Bob says:

      This.

      I hope someone hears the story and hires him for a better position.

  13. avatar Larry says:

    ‘ cent that was a low level employee who was over ruled .

  14. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Way to go, someone who holds life in a little higher regard than GM does. Hopefully someone up there hears this and offers him a replacement gig.

  15. avatar Katy says:

    GM wasn’t upset that he had a gun. The problem is that it didn’t have a defective trigger.

    1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      Don’t you mean defective ignition switch?

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      Apparently it did have a defective trigger. It didn’t fire.

    3. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Just wait until they force smart guns on us. At some point, some gun manufacturer is going to get caught rigging the software so the guns pass inspection.

      1. avatar Ebby123 says:

        Over my dead body.
        A smart gun mandate is no different that an outright ban. No different.
        Treat it accordingly.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Statement: “You shouldn’t have had a firearm here. After this is done he needs to be escorted off the property. He’s not welcome back here.”

    Answer: “He saved a life, you submoronic, repulsive dumbsh!t. What the hell have you done except waste oxygen and pollute the universe with your mouth-breathing offspring? You should be kissing Sarder’s ass and begging his forgiveness for your unrelenting stupidity.”

    Strongly worded argument to follow.

    1. avatar n64456 says:

      Well he(she) was most likely a koolaid-drinking UAW member; just touting the union (Democratic) party line…….

  17. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Wait. So inquiring minds want to know…
    Did the lady who did the stabby thing get fired too? Or is she on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation cause she is protected by the UAW.

    1. avatar Detroiter says:

      The lady who was stabbed was the employee. The one who did the stabbing was her daughter.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        So GM can say this wasn’t workplace violence. It was domestic violence.

  18. avatar CLarson says:

    I’m sure GM will take care of this since it happened on their property to their employee. Oh yeah… they have no liability for creating an unsafe gun free zone. I feel sorry for the victim.

  19. avatar SteveO says:

    “…if it just saves one life…”

  20. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    Since I wrote off GM some years ago, I can’t damage them further except to say f*** GM and the clunker they rode in on!

  21. avatar Carl says:

    Stop the autoplay spam please

  22. avatar Frank in VA says:

    He was fired, but he was later rehired when some higher level management over-ruled the toolbag who fired him.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/11/worker-fired-for-carrying-gun-on-company-property-given-job-back.html

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      The real question now is, does he want to go back to a job where he will be told he can’t be armed?

      I suspect he will get some job offers from a more enlightened company because of this…

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Yup, someone with sense and a bit of savvy took over. BUT the lesson remains… you are only allowed to have a gun if you happen to use it at that second to save someone’s life. Otherwise you’re fired.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        My last actual job prohibited employees from carrying. I carried anyway. Every day. All the time. Because you are only allowed to have a gun if you don’t get caught. And if you do get caught, you lose your job but get to keep your freedom.

        1. avatar Frank in VA says:

          Also, a pink slip is better than a toe tag any day.

  23. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    As if I didn’t already have 85 billion reasons to never, ever give GM one red cent of my money.

  24. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Ah Detroit! The Democrat-run Liberal Worker’s Paradise for more than a half century.

    Where labor is cheap and life is even cheaper.

  25. avatar Erasmus says:

    Reason number 10,001 not to buy a Government Motors (GM) car.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Back in the day, looooong before the bailout, we used to call it “General Murder.”

      1. avatar Marc says:

        All you guys are bagging on GM for being anti gun. I’d be willing to bet every major auto manufacturer has the same gun policy regarding its property. What’s everybody going to do, walk or ride a bicycle everywhere? Wait, I’ll bet Schwinn has same policy. Wait, Nike probably does too. You wind up boycotting every single company. Just carry everywhere and don’t give a crap about what any company, gov’t, person, entity has to say.

  26. avatar Priest of the center mass says:

    No doubt about it, there is a major problem with journalism these days.Also the current trend of rushing to judge based on the initial information people get.
    Then the actual story comes out and everyone just drifts off topic.
    What an absolute mess!
    Inaccurate reporting is vile and the primary reason for civil unrest.

  27. avatar Wrightl3 says:

    Glad this hero stepped up and saved the day. God bless him. Also, very disappointed in gm.

  28. avatar Matt N. says:

    Now wait a minute here. It can’t possibly be the daughters fault. I mean, she took a blade to that gun free zone to stick her mother. Im sure the antis will applaud her for that…

  29. avatar Samson says:

    In my humblest of opinions, the world is getting worse and worse and this type of thing will happen more and more- In that, I mean assaults and attempted murders and robberies and random attacks by lions and tigers and bears (wait for it …….. keep waiting ….. ok now….. OH MY!) are only going to increase and “random people” aka innocent sheeples are going to be suffering these incidents more and more (one goes up the other obviously goes up, because they’re the same ….) So there will hopefully be plenty more good guys (and gals) able to provide help – lifesaving help , such as this gentleman provided, via the barrel of his firearm….. – and eventually the antis will see, the only thing that stops a bad guy (or gal! in this case especially!) is a good guy (or gal) with a gun!

  30. avatar Matt N. says:

    Nope, there’s always gonna be idiots like 2asux, that’ll claim were all bad guys with guns trying to save the world, and killing innocents along the way.

  31. avatar J says:

    That’s a wake up call that he worked for PC company that really didn’t care about him.

  32. avatar JSJ says:

    GM Death Watch has returned!

  33. avatar commonwealth109 says:

    So GM has valet parking at work? Guess they put their Obama money to use effectively.

  34. avatar PsyGuy says:

    “…authorities think the daughter, who the mother said had some mental issues, was upset about something.”

    My reaction when I read that?
    I Am Jack’s Complete Lack of Surprise

    ** sarcasm on **
    I am stunned! The obvious answer is that we need more KNIFE CONTROL. If we had that in place, this wouldn’t have happened!

    Was it an evil “assault knife” with a black plastic handle? WHO NEEDS THOSE?!?!
    She was mentally ill! We need background checks before *anyone* buys knives!! OMG!!!
    ** sarcasm off **

  35. avatar pg2 says:

    Another reason to buy a Ford instead of a Government Motors truck.

  36. avatar BDub says:

    Wait. Didn’t he get his job back yesterday?

  37. avatar Pseudo says:

    Legit brought tears to my eyes. To commandeer a popular phrase, keep calm and carry on.

  38. avatar JoeVK says:

    Both of my GM vehicles are beyond used (my C1500 is 26 years old, the Bravada is 18), and bought from private sellers. So GM didn’t get a dime from their purchase.

    The company I work for welcomes conceal or open carriers, as long as they’re not employees. Employees aren’t allowed to have firearms on the property at any time. Not locked up in their locked vehicle, not carried when off the clock and out of uniform, whether they posses a license to carry or not. It’s instant termination if discovered.

  39. avatar Publius says:

    You need to update this. GM apologized and he has his job back.

  40. avatar Roymond says:

    For good sense’ sake, promote the man and pay for concealed carry training for anyone he chooses!

    Anyone with an ounce of sense would be bragging that at their job place, employees protect other employees against violence.

  41. avatar J.R. says:

    Nothing personal about you all who think GM is in the wrong, but…… I worked for a GM division 35-40 yrs ago and also worked for a company that carried out a specific service for GM. Some of those employees are the last people who need or would you desire to have firearms. I’m sure many did have them in their vehicles. At the time, GM did not necessarily hire to most upstanding people at some of their plants. Working day in and day out breathing oily fumes, or fine sand particles, or pouring molten metal for twenty-five or thirty years (retirement time) and doing it in a variety of weather conditions, subzero temps to hot boiling summer days (and the interior of the plants are at their hottest during the second shift). And then you have someone pissed off at a fellow employee for last nights card game, pool game, or porking his wife. Yeah, they may bring in a weapon, but you surely don’t want it with them legally. I’m all for concealed carry, but maybe, just not in all places.

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