After 18 years of working at a Kentucky Lowe’s Hardware store, Karen Sizemore was finally fed up with the shoplifting she’s witnessed over the years. So when Kyle Heim walked out of her store with a tool kit worth around $600, Sizemore finally had enough.
The seasoned store clerk took matters into her own hands and followed Heim out to his car.
"It was just the adrenaline rush,” Sizemore said to a local news station. “I'm not taking it any more. You just get to the point where you're so tired of people stealing from you.”
Sizemore approached the man’s car and tried to reach into his back seat to retrieve the kit, but Heim immediately took off and the item was gone. Sizemore wasn’t defeated, though, because she took down Heim’s license plate number, called the police, and now the thief is sitting in jail.
Soon after, the story made the local headlines, and she was celebrated by the community for taking matters into her own hands. Her bosses, however, had a different take on what she did, and halfway through her work day on Tuesday, Sizemore was fired.
"Their explanation was I put myself and other people in danger and they fired me," said Sizemore. “Eighteen years with this company, for chasing a shoplifter. This is the thanks I get?"
Sizemore is considering taking legal action to get her job back, but Lowe’s still released a statement defending its decision to let the woman go.
"Our policies are in place for the safety of our workers,” said Lowe’s corporate office in a statement. “We have very specific guidelines when it comes to handling potential shoplifters, to ensure the well-being of not only our team but our customers."
Many are outraged at Lowe’s decision to fire Sizemore, including Toohotmama’s Blog, who said. “I think Karen Sizemore should be getting a plaque, not the sack!”
Sizemore says she will do whatever it takes to get her job back, and I’m sure her community will rally around her.