Read through all of your posts wish to give my two cents. For one, it is an outrage this man is being penalized on the grounds of a corporate policy banning defensive action. To begin, those policies are C.M.A. policies in case something goes wrong. For example, guy is trying to rob the store, you, the employee pull ur gun, firing takes place a bystander gets hit. That bystander or bystander’s family will most likely pursue damages and will go after the company (because that’s where the money is, obviously). If this policy exists, they can point at it and say “sorry we told him not to do that, he’s fired. Bad form. Blah blah blah” and then the family goes after you instead.
Now, if there are no risks of lawsuit, as in no one was hurt and no damages can be sought, they have no need to throw this policy out. Hell, this was a publicist’s wet dream. An Autozone worker, the cowboy, the bad-a^^, the take no prisoners type of guy would make for a great market gimmic. And someone pointed out that someone in their marketing team must of said that if they fire this guy, it might hurt the bottom line. Dumb move on that part.
So, in conclusion, the policy is fine, having it is fine (private enterprise should be allowed to conduct business as the see fit) but enforcing it in this moment was foolish. Even if they had to answer the “well you have a policy” they could pull the benevolent boss type “well the boy will be taught that in the future, we’d prefer he didn’t do that. But in the spirit of his heroism we see no reason to let him go. Perhaps a training is required”. But instead, we got gun-toting Americans (such as yourselves) in a huff, the people of that town pissed off, and the second another autozone is hit for anything, this will be brought up.