Man Fired for Intervening in Kidnapping Attempt
A man from Portland, Oregon was fired in June for aiding police in thwarting a kidnapping attempt the month before.
On May 12th, Dillon Reagon, 32, heard a coworker yell for help in response to a domestic dispute in the parking lot. Upon exiting the store, he saw "This lady who’s frantic and crying and she's screaming, ‘Somebody help me please! He's stealing my kid, he's kidnapping my child!’”
He and his coworker immediately called the police, and the dispatcher advised them to follow the "drunk, violent man" from a safe distance until police arrived. “At the time, the only thing I was thinking about was the child's safety,” Reagan said. They trailed the man on foot for about three blocks, when officers arrived. After giving their witness statements, the pair returned to the store about 10 minutes later.
It wasn't over yet, however. Reagan says that he was scolded by his supervisor the next day. “He said, ‘You did the wrong thing. You should have just gone back to work.’” Reagan said in an interview that it was a real Catch-22. "Damned if I do, damned if I don't", he lamented.
One month later he was officially let go.
On June 10th, Reagan, confused and frustrated, took to Facebook to voice his discontent.
The Friday before Mother's Day, I was involved in a kidnapping attempt at my place of work.
A woman had been assaulted and her child had been abducted by a drunk, violent man who was making a quick exit with the child in his arms.
My co-worker and I called the police and followed their directions to follow at a distance to make sure they could find them when the squad care arrived on scene.
Because of the actions of my co-worker and myself, that child was rescued from his abductor and the man was arrested on the spot.
Today, Home Depot terminated my employment.
I was fired for stopping a kidnapper from successfully abducting a child.
Reagan had worked at the store for four years before the contested termination.
On July 3rd, he posted a picture of a letter from the Oregon Employment Department, which stated:
You were employed by The Home Depot until June 19, 2017 when you were fired because you assisted the police in preventing a kidnapping. This was not a willful or wantonly negligent violations of the standards of behavior an employer has the right to expect of an employee.
Reagan captioned the photo "Fuck you, Home Depot!" Though he was fired for violating the company's safety policy, he stood by his decision, saying, "It was still the right thing to do."
The ensuing flurry of Facebook activity caught media attention and the story then "blew up", according to Reagan. Home Depot, no doubt stung by the negative press, quickly reviewed the case. Again. Finally, on July 8th, Reagan took to Facebook again to update the masses:
Home depot has offered to reinstate my position in the company along with appropriate back pay up to the date of termination as a show of good faith and has assured me that there will be no retaliation if I choose to take them up on their offer.
All's well that ends well, right?
Reagan has decided to take them up on their offer because he missed his coworkers and enjoyed helping customers at the store. We wish him the best of luck!