Target stands by decision to fire security guard after he reported shoplifting

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A Target spokesperson tells us the company doesn't think there's any merit to claims made by a loss prevention specialist who says he was fired for reporting shoplifting.

"We have conducted a full investigation and don't believe there is any merit to this individual's claims," spokeswoman Molly Snyder says with regard to allegations made by Dallas Northington, a former employee at the company's Leesburg, Virginia, store.

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In a Washington Post report, Northington, a married 29-year-old father of two with a third child on the way, says he was canned after he called police to report shoplifting he later learned might have been perpetrated by a Fairfax County sheriff's deputy.

Bypassing his corporate higher-ups and directly reporting shoplifting to police was standard practice for Northington, the eight-year Target veteran says. But just days after reporting a man he and his supervisors identified as a deputy for shoplifting, he was fired for "gross misconduct."

"He said he was told he had violated a policy on confidentiality by contacting police without approval, providing the surveillance video to police and not filling out internal paperwork before doing so," the Post reports.

Adding to the intrigue, around the same time Northington was fired, the deputy who allegedly shoplifted retired from the sheriff's office. He hasn't yet been charged with any crimes in connection with the alleged shoplifting, which took place on May 27.

Northington has a lawyer and a lawsuit against Target is being considered, the Post reports.

Reached for comment yesterday, Snyder, the Target spokesperson, confirmed that the company stands by its decision to terminate Northington. An email she forwarded to us later in the day suggests there's more to the story than the Post is reporting.

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21 comments
Terry Hoops
Terry Hoops

Target just can't seem to keep their name out of the spotlight!

Kitty Berg
Kitty Berg

Look! More cops getting away with shit! EXCEPT THIS SHIT DIDN'T HAPPEN IN MINNESOTA AND NO ONE CARES THAT CITYPAGES HAS NOTHING LOCAL TO SAY. Run out of gossip, CityPages?

Daniel Kormick
Daniel Kormick

I hope its blurred because the little kid has his middle finger up

Gena Giselle
Gena Giselle

HA! That response makes no sense. I never said I can run anything. Are you mad because this didn't happen in MN or because you can't comprehend what you read.

Greg Applekamp
Greg Applekamp

Yes, my mistake. Regardless. If he broke their policy, they can fire him. Muchblike 7-11 employees get fired when thwy stop a store robbery, even when preventing a robbery and saving lives because they broke policy. Nine of those wrongful termination suits were won either

Deb Hendrickson
Deb Hendrickson

Even in an at-will state, wrongful termination suits can be successful.

Tina Boe
Tina Boe

It depends on what target considers gross misconduct. An incident worth firing someone over. Unless he was written up every time he called the police and didn't follow company procedure. Hopefully his attorney requests all surveillance video from the store at the time of the incident and afterwards. As well as the full target and police report.

Terese Morgan
Terese Morgan

Gena's right. This happened in the state of Virginia.

Greg Applekamp
Greg Applekamp

MN is an at will state for employment. He Target policy, end of story. and as target said, there is more to the store than what is reported. Zero chance he would win a suit.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

Whatever Chris.  No one cares where you shop.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

The guy didn't follow proper procedure.  How is that Target's fault?  Some of you people need to find out the facts before you jump to conclusion. Honestly, how do some of you make it through the day?

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