Vermont grocery store employee fired after stopping robbery: Amir Shedyak Bio, Wiki, Age
Amir Shedyak is a Vermont grocery store clerk who claims that he was fired after he tried to stop a purse thief, according to a WCAX report.
Amir Shedyak had worked at Hannaford supermarket in Essex for four years prior to the August incident. Shortly after Shedyak started his shift, a customer told him that a robbery had just occurred.
“And he was like – an old lady’s purse was just stolen,” Shedyak told WCAX News. “I look to my right and I see a gentleman running through the parking lot with his bag in his hand.”
Shedyak, who also works as a part-time volunteer firefighter, recovered the bag, but the suspect escaped while Shedyak called the police. He returned the bag to its owner and went back to work.
In a Facebook post, Shedyak detailed the events that followed: A few days after the incident, he was suspended for his actions pending an investigation and later fired by management. Shedyak claims he was told he was fired for “security concerns while working at the company.” post read:-
I got fired from Hannafords after working there for four years. I started out as a bagger and worked my way up to the post of a shift leader. Throughout the years working at Hannafords, I was trained in many departments such as the kitchen, deli and hannaford to go. I was March employee of the month for coming to work on time, covering shifts when needed, and going above and beyond to help customers in any way possible. I had just arrived into work as usual, I clocked in and went on with my day. I was flagged down by an associate and asked what was wrong, he said an elderly lady’s purse had been stolen. I quickly sprung into action and ran outside.There were many people outside due to witnessing the act of crime. I asked which way the thief went and chased after him, I was able to subdue him and get the purse back to the elderly lady. She was beyond grateful! A few days later I went back to work like usual, except this time I got called into my managers office. I was told that I would be suspended due to an ongoing investigation of the incident. A week later I received a phone call that the investigation was done and I could come into work for the results. The outcome resulted in me getting fired due to safety issues while on company time. I have no hard feelings towards my coworkers/ managers or the establishment. I just feel that what I had done was not wrong and should not have resulted in me being fired. Please keep sharing !!!
I got fired from Hannafords after working there for four years. I started out as a bagger and worked my way up to the…
When asked by local news for a comment, Hannaford said only “We do not comment on personnel matters.” Shedyak has already moved and found a new job.
A local attorney said Shedyak likely lost his job due to liability concerns.
“It is not uncommon for employers to discourage employees from laying hands on clients,” Pietro Lynn, a local attorney, told WCAX. He explained that a company like Hannaford would not want employees to interfere because an injury to any individual can cause costly liability issues.
“There are many cases in Vermont where employers are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees.”
Later, the police charged Adrian Moore, a local resident, with the theft.