Oregon man says Home Depot fired him for trying to stop a kidnapping

In Oregon, a former Home Depot employee said he was fired by the company after intervening in what he thought was a kidnapping. Photo by Mike Mozart, Flickr

July 7 (UPI) — A Portland, Ore., man said Home Depot fired him for attempting to stop a kidnapping.

On May 12, Dillon Reagan was at work when a co-worker outside banged on the door, begging for help.

“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,” Dillon told KOIN.

“At the time, the only thing I was thinking about was the child’s safety,” said Reagan, who had worked at the Home Depot for four years, reported KGW.

Reagan got on the phone with police, who told him not to approach the suspect. Instead, Reagan trailed the man for about three blocks before returning to the store.

Reagan said he was gone for about 10 minutes and when he got back, the manager scolded him.

“He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work,'” Reagan said.

The supposed kidnapping incident turned out not to be a kidnapping, just an argument between two parents of a child that ended with the man walking away with the kid.

Reagan was cited by the store manager. Two weeks later, he was fired.

When KOIN contacted Home Depot’s corporate office, the company said they offered Reagan his job back.

“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 company said.

Reagan said he isn’t sure if he’ll take his old job back.


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