A long-time employee of a Lowe’s Hardware store in Elizabethtown, Kentucky thought she had done a good deed by observing a shoplifter walking out of the store with a Dewalt tool kit priced at nearly $600 without paying, and following him to the parking lot. She tried to get the merchandise out of the back seat of the crook’s vehicle, but he sped off – although she did get the license plate number which would eventually lead to the arrest of the shoplifter.Karen Sizemore had dedicated 18 years of her life working for Lowe’s. After her heroic actions which led to the arrest of the perpetrator, Kyle Heim, her co-workers were calling her names like “Rambo” and “Wonder Woman” out of admiration.
Sizemore said the shoplifter made her so mad she decided to go after him.
“It was just the adrenaline rush. I’m not taking it any more. You just get to the point where you’re so tired of people stealing from you,” she said.
But the higher-ups at Lowe’s saw it a different way. Halfway through her shift, she was… fired.
Sizemore said, “their explanation was I put myself and other people in danger and they fired me.”
Lowe’s explanation? According to company spokesperson Kris Ahearn:
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
Okay, point taken, but firing her? Where is the justice in that?
A tearful Sizemore said, “Eighteen years with this company, for chasing a shoplifter. This is the thanks I get?”
She says she just wants her job back, and may hire an attorney to help her do so.
Lowe’s also said that they were “investigating” the incident, so stay tuned. PLEASE share this story and contact Lowe’s corporate headquarters here.
Let them know how you feel in the comments section of that page, call their corporate office, and send them emails. This lady does not deserve to lose her job over this!
A petition by MoveOn.org is circulating on Sizemore’s behalf. Click here to sign it. MoveOn’s statement reads:
Lowe’s fired a grandmother after 18 years of dedicated employment for helping catch a shoplifter she witnessed stealing a $600 tool kit. Since corporate companies have turned their backs on their courageous employees, lets turn our backs on them and support this hero!
Please watch the local news story on this below from WLKY 32 out of Louisville.