Hero Home Depot Employee Fired for Stopping Apparent Kidnapping
Home Depot Employee, Dillon Reagan, Fired For Helping Police Stop Apparent Kidnapping
Portland, OR – Dillon Reagan was fired from his job at Home Depot after assisting police to stop an apparent kidnapping in progress, according to AJC.
Dillon Reagan had worked at the Home Depot store in Portland for the past four years. On May 12, he was finishing his shift in the tool rental department when a co-worker called for help because there was an altercation in the parking lot.
“What I see is some lady screaming frantically, ‘Somebody help me, he’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my kid’ tears running down her face,” he told WNCN.
Reagan called 911 and the dispatcher asked him to keep an eye on the man and report back so that police could stop him. The Home Depot employee followed the man on foot off of the Home Depot property until police arrived to stop the suspect.
After police stopped the suspect, Reagan gave a brief statement and he estimates that he was gone for 10 minutes.
Even though the woman had told him that it was a kidnapping, the incident actually turned out to be a domestic dispute which ended with the male walking away with their child.
After Reagan returned to work, his manager told him that he broke store policy for leaving the property while he was working. After multiple meetings with his manager, he was fired four weeks later.
“He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work,’” Reagan told AJC.
After he was fired, Reagan filed for unemployment benefits, and a letter from the unemployment office stated that he qualified for benefits because, “You were fired because you assisted the police in preventing a kidnapping. This was not a willful or wantonly negligent violation of the standards of behavior an employer has the right to expect of an employee.”
Dillon Reagan then went to the media. Just hours after being contacted by multiple news outlets, Home Depot 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.”
However, Reagan says that he has lost all interest in working for managers who would make such an awful decision.
“We should be doing the right thing regardless of what company policy is, regardless of what the consequence is,” Reagan said. “What’s good and what’s right, supersedes what’s policy and what’s orders. Hands down.”