WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A grocery worker in Vermont was fired after helping a woman whose purse was snatched.
- Amir Shedyak had been working with Hannaford supermarket when he apprehended a man who stole the woman’s purse.
- Hannaford released a statement that it does not comment on personnel matters.
After helping an old lady get back her purse, a grocery worker gets fired instead of rewarded.
According to an Essex local attorney, Pietro Lynn, the probable reason why the worker, Amir Shedyak, was fired was so the store would not be sued.
Lynn said, “It is not uncommon at all for employers to discourage employees from laying hands on customers. There are many cases in Vermont where employers are held responsible for the wrongful acts of their employees.
Twenty-year-old Shedyak has been working for four years at their local Hannaford supermarket. He was even named employee of the month. But his good deed cost him his job.
Back in August, a man approached him and said that “an old lady’s purse just got stolen. Shedyak said, “I look to my right and I see a gentleman running across the parking lot and he had the purse in his hand.” Shedyak ran after the man, held the man down and called the police.
However, the suspect got away but Shedyak was able to get the purse and returned it to the woman.
Shedyak said, “She was trying to offer me money. ‘I don’t want your money, just wanted to help you out, do what’s right.’”
The suspect was later found and identified by the police as 29-year old Adrian Moore, and was charged with larceny.
Shedyak, who is also a volunteer fire man said, “It’s not like I was going to do this to be some hero. I was like, ‘Hey, an old lady’s purse just got stolen, I want to do something about it.’”
The reluctant hero was later canned by Hannaford after the incident but then found immediate employment with another company.
When asked about the matter, Hannaford in a statement said, “We do not comment on personnel matters.”
To which Shedyak said, “Why should it make a difference that, hey, I’m clocked in now — he’s in trouble. If I wasn’t clocked in — ‘Oh, you did a good job.’”
Source: New York Post