Most managers expect their employees to be good people and to always do that little extra on the company’s behalf. But apparently Dillon Reagan’s boss at a Home Depot in Portland, Oregon doesn’t see it that way.
Thirty-two-year-old Dillon got fired for helping the police save a little girl’s life, writes KGW.
It was just another day at work when Dillon Reagan’s coworker approached him frantically in the tool rental area. Dillon followed his coworker outside and heard a woman yell, “Somebody help me please! He’s stealing my kid, he’s kidnapping my child!”
Dillon and his colleague acted as fast as they could. They called the police and then pursued the kidnapper on foot, on the advice of the police. Just 10 minutes later, the police were on the scene and the little girl was reunited with her mother. Dillon and his colleague were celebrated by both the police and their families for their prompt action.
But Dillon’s boss wasn’t so happy about the brave intervention. Immediately after the incident, Dillon’s boss reprimanded him.
“He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work,” Dillon told KGW.
However, the situation wasn’t over yet. One month later, Dillon received a letter saying that he had been fired. He hadn’t followed the company’s policy.
After Dillon posted the letter on Facebook and journalists investigated the case, Home Depot replied that Dillon had violated company policy twice in the same month. The first violation was for cursing at his coworker.
The firing was met with great anger online. Tens of thousands of people were furious that Dillon got fired for doing the right thing. The torrent of support for the 32-year-old had consequences for Home Depot, which later reversed its decision and offer to give Dillon his job back. Dillon refused at first, but later accepted the offer, writes KGW.
Today, Dillon has no regrets.
“We should be doing the right thing regardless of what company policy is, regardless of what consequence is. What’s good and what’s right supersedes what’s policy and what’s orders,” Dillon says.
Let’s do like the rest of the internet and stand up for Dillon. Don’t hesitate to like and share this article to show that humanity and heroism always come before company policy.