Scanning the news this morning and found a story that really bothered me.
Walgreens fired one of its Benton Harbor, Michigan pharmacists. No big news there.
However, the reason the pharmacist was fired was more of a story. Walgreens fired the pharmacist for thwarting a robbery.
Video posted on the mlive.com site shows two hooded thugs running into the store with guns. They took one or two employees hostage and, when they saw the pharmacist behind the counter, one jumped over the counter to presumably take the pharmacist hostage, too. The robber tried to shoot, but his gun jammed.
That’s when pharmacist Jeremy Hoven whipped out his own handgun and shot back.
The robbers ran away with their tails between their legs.
Walgreens has now terminated Hoven’s employment because Hoven violated Walgreen’s “non-escalation” policy.
Exactly how much more “escalated” can things get after someone tries to shoot you dead at your job? It’s not like Hoven detonated a bomb or anything.
Walgreens management is dead wrong on this move. I understand the reasoning behind not wanting to encourage shootouts in the store, but the right of employees to take steps to avoid being found amongst a group of employees in a storage room with bullet holes in the head trumps that reasoning every time.
It’s almost as if the policy is saying “come rob us, our employees won’t shoot back!”
Multiple commenters to the article said that they will take their business elsewhere.
If Walgreens doesn’t rectify this situation quickly, I’ll likely add my name to that list.