A young man working at a grocery store in Vermont is now out of a job, thanks to his decision to prevent a man from stealing a woman’s purse.
Amir Shedyak, formerly of the Hannaford Supermarket in the city of Essex, was reportedly terminated following the thwarting of an attempted strong-arm robbery in August.
The twenty-year-old -who also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter- was informed by a shopper that an elderly woman had been relieved of her purse by a less-than-savory individual, who was now making a run for it.
“And he was like, ‘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.”
According to the New York Post, the suspect, Adrian Moore was brought to the ground and held until police arrived.
Despite the fact that Moore was charged with larceny and the elderly woman was relieved to get her personal property back, Hannaford gave Shedyak the pink slip for his actions.
“We do not comment on personnel matters,” Hannaford said in a statement.
Shedyak, who is only two years into adulthood, learned a bitter lesson about modern attitudes towards intervening when the strong prey upon the weak.
“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,’” Shedyak said.
Unfortunately for Shedyak, the termination was likely influenced by overlitigation in the American court system.
“It is not uncommon at all for employers to discourage employees from laying hands on customers,” Vermont attorney Pietro Lynn explained. “There are many cases in Vermont where employers are held responsible for the wrongful acts of their employees.”
Though Shedyak is disappointed by the outcome, he has since been hired elsewhere.
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