Devin McLean, an AutoZone employee in York County, VA did something most people would consider admirable. Heroic even. Unfortunately, his employers aren’t of the same opinion. McLean and his boss were in the store alone when The Fake Beard Bandit, a stickup man who’d knocked over 30 businesses in the area, strolled in. For the second time in two months. Yep, he’d already robbed the same store once before, so McLean recognized him. The hirsute hold-up man flashed a gun and demanded the manager open the safe . . .
He apparently didn’t know that McLean was in the can. From wtkr.com:
“I waited for him to go up toward the front, I ran out of the restroom, ran out to my truck where I keep my own personal weapon, grabbed my weapon, came back into the store and confronted the guy,” says McClean.
“When I yelled “freeze” and I said “Stop, drop the weapon,” he threw his hands up with his gun still in his hand he started running,” says McClean. “I felt like it was my responsibility to step in.”
Devin’s manager is grateful.
Unfortunately, AutoZone wasn’t quite as appreciative and fired his ass. As a PR flack told a reporter, they have a zero tolerance policy on employees with guns in their stores. Which in practice means they apply zero thought process to dealing with something like this. That makes it easy to manage difficult situations (“Sorry, nothing we can do about it. That’s our policy.”), but doesn’t say much for he company.
The requisite boycott efforts have since begun to pop up in the wake of McLean’s firing. Meanwhile, if someone knows of a job for a 23-year-old Air Force vet who apparently works hard and is willing to put himself on the line for a fellow employee, we can think of a good candidate.