Walmart Fires Employee After Shoplifter Chase

October 23, 2009

Arkansas (ChattahBox) – A man has been fired after he chased a knife wielding shoplifter who had stuffed some golf balls down his pants.

Josh Rutner, a security guard from a Ocala-based Walmart, first noticed the suspect stuff a bag of golf balls itno his pants and wander around the store. He also ate some unpaid for chicken from the deli.

When the suspect, identified as Marc Ash, tried to leave the store, Rutner and another guard gave chase.

Ash pulled a knife and attempted to slash at Rutner’s face, which led to the guard defending himself with a shopping cart and disarming him.

The man was arrested, and the merchandise was retrieved. The next day, Rutner was fired.

According to a Walmart spokesperson, chasing a shoplifter who has a weapon is against policy, and is an offense that stops him from further hires with the company.

“I couldn’t let him get away,” Rutner said. “That’s wrong. I didn’t get hurt. They got their merchandise, and yet I got fired.”

Ash is being held on $57,000 bail, and Rutner is set to speak at his deposition next week.



4 Responses to “Walmart Fires Employee After Shoplifter Chase”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 23rd, 2009 2:52 pm

    It should be noted that the suspect was not *obviously* armed until *after* the chase took place.

    Wal-Mart should fire the bureaucrat who fires a hero. If that really is the company position – “we fire heroic employees” – then it’s time to boycott Wal-Mart nationwide. Since damn near everything they sell is made in China, that would only help the American economy.

    And if Wal-Mart decides to hire Rutner back to save face, he ought to get a raise AND a big bonus.

  2. Pam on October 23rd, 2009 3:34 pm

    WAL-MART has got to go!!
    This is so stupid.

  3. Paul on October 24th, 2009 7:46 am

    Though this story seems silly and most sensible people would have no issue with what this employee did, Walmart has been forced into this decision for many reasons. But mostly 1: If the emplyee got hurt, he would most likely sue Walmart with his lawyer saying that the employee’s managers told him to put himself in harm’s way and/or 2: The suspect sues Walmart because the employee used excessive force in apprehending him. I agree, this whole thing makes Walmart look silly. But they are in a no-win situation in every direction. You can thank frivolous lawsuits and silly lawmakers and judges for that.

  4. whop on October 28th, 2009 3:16 pm

    I’m first to be a Walmart hater, but some things they do makes sense….
    My friend was Hans, his life was ended to short.

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