An Arlington Kroger Manager Was Fired For Body-Slamming a Shoplifter [Video]

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Kroger, according to the wisdom of online shoplifting forums, doesn't have a firm "no-chase" policy, at least not one that's routinely heeded. Leave the store without paying, and you may well have a store manager on your tail.

Claude Medlock did. The 51-year-old -- a seasoned veteran of taking other people's stuff, with a long rap sheet of robbery and theft convictions -- was confronted in the parking lot of an Arlington Kroger by a store manager.

It did not end well for Medlock. The manager slammed the alleged shoplifter into a car, disarmed him of a knife, then body-slammed him on the pavement. All captured on video.

It didn't end well for the manager, either. Kroger fired him, telling Fox 4 that his actions were "not a reflection of our company's fraud prevention, protocol, procedures or training."

Did the manager deserve to be fired? There's room for debate, but we'll venture a no. We'd reserve punishment for the woman filming the whole thing in portrait mode. Just turn your phone sideways, people.

Here's the Fox 4 story:

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

True, the manager took a big risk.  However, if this happened more often, then perhaps crime rates would go down.

ronaldmckee02
ronaldmckee02

no doubt in my mind all these people posting the comments supporting the manager would have different thoughts if the shoplifter had been white. they simply love the idea the guy was black; further more what nut risk his life for something of so little value?

Threeboys
Threeboys

What it comes down to is Kroger feeling they are legally exposed for the confrontation. They are of the opinion that the cost of the losses are less than the potential cost of lbeing sued (sp?) for the confrontation. It has nothing to do with the manager doing the right thing, just, what will it cost us.

Liberal and lawyers will be the downfall of the USA.

budstruck136
budstruck136

OUTRAGEOUSE! The EX-manager is HERO! He unselfishly put himselfin a very dangerous situation TO SAVE THE LIFE of 51-year-old Claude Medlock, a man with a questionable background and a history of poor decision making, who was knocked to the ground while holding a knife in his hand outside a crowded KROGERS GROCERY STORE. This courageous quick thinking act undoubtedly got Mr. Medlock out of a situation that could have turned deadly in an instant for "allegedly" bringing a knife to a gun fight in the State of Texas. It is also fortunate for KROGER'S that Claude was not killed in this incident and will be able to continue to roam the isles of the most dangerous grocery store in town without interference,along with all the other unprotected KROGER shoppers, because policy demands that the managers to wait for the massive cleanup in isle's five, six and seven

tdreslinski
tdreslinski

Always let the guy go.  Is a $5 stolen item worth someone getting stabbed, or worse yet Homey jumping into his scar speeding away then running over a toddler while fleeing.  Its just not worth it over a $5 item.  Let the guy know you saw him, tell him never to come back- problem solved.  Everyone stays safe. 

andrewtheriot
andrewtheriot

what the fuck is wrong with people? that piece of shit should be put down like a rabid dog. you're the pieces of shit who re elected Obama.

hbrogan57
hbrogan57

I have to wonder what Kroger would do if an average customer had confronted this person.  Charge them with trespassing?


Worse yet, would be the fact that this repeat criminal could have caused harm to someone else.  I think that it's fortunate that this manager had the guts to take a stand.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

The snark about the cell phone video is unnecessary.  She shot the video in the correct orientation based on her location and what she was recording. 

MattL11
MattL11

They were probably right for firing him. I wouldn't want someone that stupid managing my store either. 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Haha, I called on that Kroger for Glazers after I graduated college.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

In defense of Kroger's policy, what if an over-zealous manager just happens to mistakenly go after the wrong guy in an incident like this?

In a case of mistaken ID, an innocent shopper in the parking lot gets approached by an obviously hostile large man intent on assault, and defensively pulls a weapon, resulting in his being attacked?

These managers aren't cops, they can't hide behind the shield, so Kroger calculates that the one- in-a-million chance of the above scenario and resulting injury and lawsuit is simply not worth the risk over some purloined pork cutlets.

That being said, I think reprimand, remedial conflict-resolution training and, because of the apparent racial differences, diversity-sensitivity training would have been more appropriate than outright dismissal.

In that light, I too will join the boycott of Kroger, which is quite easy, because there are none in my state.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

What was this career criminal doing out of prison, anyway?  Kroger's human resource idiots should get rid of some of their rude, clueless employees, not that security manager.  Kroger Uptown staff is absolutely horrible.

sversky
sversky

Bad PR for Kroger.  Kroger is in the wrong here for firing this employee.

BigDave
BigDave

Paul Blart's been lifting weights and likes to beat up on old, smaller men. I said old not elderly.


Paul had plenty of hefty help it looks like from the video.

JeffH
JeffH

Someone threatened that manager with grave bodily injury when he pulled the knife.  At that point all bets are all and the body slam was reasonable.  If the shop lifter were unarmed I could understand the firing for that level of force, but the manager could have been killed and he had to do what he had to do to survive at that point.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  ... or perhaps more managers would be injured or killed while myopically attempting to protect some petty merchandise of a billion $$ corporation.


watersjagger
watersjagger

This has nothing to do with race. This is about a low life criminal getting his ass kicked by a real life super hero.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

You're right. I lived in North Arlington, and used the "White Folks Kroger" at Lamar and Cooper.

Then I moved near wet & wild and used the "Black Folks Kroger" near Ballpark & Brown.

When produce and meat get close to expiration, it goes from the WFK to the BFK, same with dairy. Sometimes, at the BFK, especially early Sunday morning, there were no cashiers, only self-checkout.

On a side note, my brother was visiting from Florida, one day tried to buy wine at the BFK. Kroger, having been recently popped for under-age sale, required ID from everyone, period. So, brother (60) produces Fla drivers license, cashier won't accept because "only Texas ID is acceptable".

IOW, at the BFK, out-of-staters of any age can't buy booze.

thehomeless1
thehomeless1

@MattL11  I wouldn't want some moral lesss coward like you as my employer. And feel free to debate me about the morality or logic behind the managers termination, you will lose.

mdsa
mdsa

@MattL11 I wouldn't want some bitch of a person working for me either like you.


dfwheathen
dfwheathen

@TheRuddSki  What did you do with the real RuddSki? I actually agree with you again. And what is this about you not even living in Texas? Yet you troll Dallas Observer more than anyone else?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

As I recall, Kroger's receipts, like most markets, has an online poll offered, with a prize. I even won $100 once, after taking the poll about 7,543 times for a net result of earning $.03/hr.

Regardless of my tale of windfall, do you take the opportunity the polls offer, or complain to management in person?

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@JeffH "but the manager could have been killed and he had to do what he had to do to survive at that point."


Not taking either side in this debate, but the smart thing to do when confronted with a knife is to back away slowly.  As you correctly pointed out, one stick to the wrong place and you're dead before help arrives.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JeffH

It's much, much easier to outrun a knife than to disarm someone.

lecterman
lecterman

@JeffH He could have been killed because he made a bad decision by physically confronting an alleged shoplifter.  He is not law enforcement.  He should let law enforcement do what they excel at, which is physically confronting and body slamming minorities. :)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@JeffH  At-will employment.  You can be fired for pretty much anything other than your race or sex.

ronaldmckee02
ronaldmckee02

@watersjagger  i'm not surprised there are so many defenders of a violent act after all this is the metroplex and we have to show them who is boss right?  to call this dude a hero is a clear sign you might want to consult a dictionary.

ronaldmckee02
ronaldmckee02

@watersjagger  just as i thought. there would be plenty of nuts out to defend the violent act of another nut. to call this dude a hero might suggest you consult a dictionary.

ronaldmckee02
ronaldmckee02

@doublecheese @ronaldmckee02  this rancher out in Nevada has been stealing from the federal govt. for decades and owes over 1 million to us the taxpayers. that's right us now body slam him.

stuarto
stuarto

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA @tdreslinski Just curious, but did you finish grade school? Theft is most often an act of desperation. Whatever "lessons" this guy has received in his lifetime aren't coming into the equation when he's acting desperately. 

ronaldmckee02
ronaldmckee02

@KeepinItReal @bvckvs  here's another nut case.  some black people receive assistance and that translates to all black people. some white people receive assistance so i guess that means all white people receive assistance too. 

MattL11
MattL11

@thehomeless1 I didn't say it wasn't brave. I said it was stupid. There are many reasons why stores don't want their employees doing shit like this, which is why they have policies against it. When you break the rules, there are sometimes consequences. Sometimes those consequences include losing your job. Here, the store had a policy against doing shit like this. The manager broke that rule. He lost his job. Seems pretty logical.

MattL11
MattL11

Speaking of desireable characreristics, or in your case the lack thereof, in a potential employee, you may want to work on conveying your intended message with more clarity. I'm at this point unsure whether you think we're in agreement that neither of us wants a "bitch of a person" working for us, or whether you consider me the "bitch of a person"-type you don't want working for you. You see, in one option we're buddies, but in the other you're insulting me. This being Unfair Park, I'll go ahead and assume the latter. Have a pleasant evening.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

That you agree with an entirely logical position is unremarkable, for most.

One man's comment is another man's troll, and that you express surprise at this late date that I do not live in a Texas is inconsistent with your claim of supposed over-representation, which would require observation - a level of observation that would have made you aware that I do not live in Texas.

Well call it the Heathen's Paradox.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  Myrna truly is forever grateful to you, my mentor and paradigm, for your suggestions.  [Big Kitty spits milk all over the kitchen in a huge fit of laughter]

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul "Crime will stop when criminals have a greater downside risk that exceeds their potential profit."


You ain't the sharpest tack in the box, are you numbnuts?


So countries like China and Saudi Arabia which have the DEATH PENALTY for arbitrary non-violent offences have stopped all crime in those categories, eh fucktard?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul 

Wow, did that conclusion ever come out of left field.  Crime will stop when criminals have a greater downside risk that exceeds their potential profit.

I take it that your solution to property crimes is to go around handing your property to individuals until you have none.

watersjagger
watersjagger

You think when someone pulls a knife on you you shouldn't have the right to defend yourself? You are a complete idiot. You Would Probably let Someone hurt your family and stand there and say violence is not the answer.

watersjagger
watersjagger

I just looked in my dictionary and it said you are an asshole.

MattL11
MattL11

It's only logical if I accept your premise that the rule is stupid or somehow immoral. Cleary I do not. There are some very good reasons for having such a rule, which I need not point out because they're so obvious. Perhaps there are good reasons for ignoring it as well, but that is a judgment for the store to make. This isn't apartheid for christ's sake.

thehomeless1
thehomeless1

@MattL11  Breaking a stupid rule isn't stupid, upholding it is. Now that's what's logical. 

thehomeless1
thehomeless1

@MattL11  There's the letter of the law, and the spirit of the law. The letter of the law is for idiots who don't know right from wrong so they need stupid shit spelled out for them, the spirit of the law what the law was actually meant for. This manager was upholding the spirit, and even if he wasn't some laws/rules are immoral and deserve to be broken, and that my incorrect friend is logical.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Yeah, I guess my suggestion was silly, bitching someone out for maltreatment real or perceived just ain't Myna'sstyle

andrewtheriot
andrewtheriot

@lecterman @WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA@JeffH

Lecterman- I know you've been told this multiple times today but you are a magnificent pussy and i would love to steal the anal virginity of the one you love most. Have a blessed day.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@lecterman @WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA@JeffHVarious other reports indicate that the manager made his way up the chain through the Loss Prevention avenue, not the washing lettuce avenue.  After many years of being responsible for stopping retail loss, I would imagine it is difficult to just let it slide because your nametag says something different under your name.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@JFPO God help you and the company you work for the day you just go out an just "FIRE" someone and  not do it by the company book or policy and procedure manual.


JFPO
JFPO

No paper trail necessary in Texas, unless you're in a protected EEO class.

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