A heroic man was recently fired from his job at a major American company over his decision to save a child from being kidnapped back in May.
The Home Depot decided to fire Dillon Reagan, 32, after he stopped a child from becoming the target of a kidnapping.
The original incident took place in May while Reagan was working at the tool rental center at a store located in Portland, Oregon.
A coworker yelled for Reagan’s help after they witnessed a domestic dispute in the parking lot.
“I stepped outside and sure enough, there’s this lady who’s frantic and crying, ‘Somebody help me please! He’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my child!’”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Reagan and the co-worker called the police. The dispatcher on the call urged the two to follow the man on foot until police could respond. The incident turned out not to be a kidnapping at all, according to WSPA, but a dispute between a couple, and the man had walked off with the couple’s child.
After authorities arrived and the two gave their statements to police, Reagan said they returned to the store, which happened to be about 10 minutes later.
Reagan was later disciplined later and told by his boss that he should have just gone back to work.
A week later, the company fired Reagan claiming he violated store policy when he left the premises.
Not surprisingly, the Internet exploded and tore into The Home Depot over their decision to fire Reagan.
— HobbyBroadcaster (@HobbyBroadcastr) July 11, 2017
Fired a guy for preventing the abduction of a child? I'll never step foot inside a HD again. #HomeDepot
— Thomas Rowley (@tom_there) July 11, 2017
Home Depot fired them for stopping a kid napping! I shop at Lowe's! https://t.co/qWixuttNQl
— Laura Mccrary (@lauraMcc1422) July 9, 2017
Fired a guy for stopping a kidnapping?! You can't buy that kind of advertising. Lowe's here I come.
— Calaway & Calaway (@CalawayTandC) July 9, 2017
— Eric Pride (@astrologer86) July 8, 2017
— Ananya Banerjee (@iamananyab) July 7, 2017
The company has since reversed its decision and issued the following statement:
“We took a second look at this and have let Mr. Reagan know that we’ve decided to reverse our decision, based on the circumstances. We always do our diligence to make sure associates are treated fairly, which we’ve done in this case,” the home-improvement company said in a statement.
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