A man from Portland, Oregon, was recently fired from his job only because he acted upon the belief that he had to step in and offer help to someone in need. Yes, you’ve heard that right, Reagan is now left without an income because he did the right thing, and we are outraged.
While working at the Home Depot, Reagan and his co-worker heard screaming coming from the parking lot. They didn’t hesitate to approach and see what was going on, when they realized it was a violent domestic dispute between a husband and a wife. Reagan told KGW:
“At the time, the only thing I was thinking about was the child’s safety,” said Regan who worked at the Home Depot for four years. “I stepped outside and sure enough, there’s this lady whose frantic and crying, ‘Somebody help me, please! He’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my child!”
Dillon Reagan says he was fired from Home Depot for doing the right thing. “Because you assisted the police in preventing a kidnapping.” pic.twitter.com/GwEfFMs6yK
— Keaton Thomas (@keaton_thomas) July 5, 2017
Once they informed the police about the incident, Reagan was asked to follow the suspect until police arrived. And that’s exactly what he did. He followed the man for three blocks.
“There was any number of twists or turns that he could have taken once he got off the premises that the police wouldn’t have known where to look for him. I think I did the right thing,” Reagan told ABC 6. “I broke the safety violation of leaving the store premises while on duty.”
After the police came to the scene, Reagan went back to his post. But instead receiving a praise for his brave action, he got axed.
“It was still the right thing to do,” Reagan said. “I was kind of in a catch-22 situation, I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t.”
However, once the manager and the Home Depot got the news from the local news stations, they quickly reassessed their decision and figured out they did a mistake.
“This is a very complex situation, so we’re taking another look at the decision,” they told KGW.com. “We always want to be certain that we’re treating any associate fairly.”
Eventually, they issued the following statement.
“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 dilligence to make sure associates are treated fairly, which we’ve done in this case.”
But Reagan is no longer interested in the job. We really hope he will soon find another job in a company where he will be respected.
“We should be doing the right thing regardless of what company policy is, regardless of what the consequence is,” Regan told KGW.com. “What’s good and what’s right supersedes what’s policy and what’s orders. Hands down.”
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