Teen Fired From Meijer After Reporting Shoplifter's License Plate Number

Sandy Malone

Mentor High School graduating senior Ian McMinn was fired from his job at Meijer after he did the right thing.

Mentor, OH – A graduating senior from Mentor High School is trying to understand why he was fired from his job at the local Meijer store for doing the right thing a couple weeks ago.

Ian McMinn, 18, told Blue Lives Matter that he got a job at the Meijer store located at 9200 Mentor Avenue after schools suddenly closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

McMinn said he had been working as a cart collector for the store for about two months when he saw a shoplifter dash out of the store and head for a getaway vehicle waiting in the parking lot.

He told Blue Lives Matter that he stayed where he was, with the shopping carts he had been collecting, until after the suspect had jumped into a car driven by a co-conspirator and the two had fled out of the parking lot.

McMinn said at that point, he walked across the parking lot and caught a glimpse of the getaway vehicle’s license plate before it drove out of sight.

He returned to the store and gave the license plate number to the store manager and the loss prevention agents, who told McMinn they had been required to stop at the sidewalk adjacent to the store per company policy.

McMinn told Blue Lives Matter that he vaguely remembered a policy in the store safety video that he’d been shown on his first day of work at Meijer, but he was already working in the parking lot before the shoplifter exited the store.

He said he didn’t think about it again until about a week later, on Mother’s Day, when he arrived at work and was informed that he had been terminated.

The manager who fired McMinn told him he had violated the safety policy, the teenager told Blue Lives Matter.

“I was upset because I didn’t know the policy – I watched the video but didn’t remember it and it came as a total surprise to me,” McMinn explained. “Then they fired me for doing the right thing. I was just really surprised.”

He said it never occurred to him that he wasn’t supposed to observe and report something in the same parking lot where he was assigned to be working.

The graduating senior went home and told his father, retired Painesville Police Officer John McMinn that he had been fired.

Officer McMinn, who served 27 years in law enforcement, told Blue Lives Matter that at first, he didn’t believe what he was hearing.

He told Blue Lives Matter that he went up to the Meijer store to talk to the manager to find out what the full story was and figure out if his son had misunderstood something.

“It didn’t make any sense so I thought maybe he had been goofing off or something,” the father explained.

But Officer McMinn quickly found out that what his son had told him was totally accurate.

He told Blue Lives Matter that a manager told him that his son had violated the store’s policy when he made an effort to take down the license plate number after the car fled.

Officer McMinn said that as the son of a police officer, Ian was raised to do the right thing when he saw something wrong happen in front of him.

His son, a member of the Class of 2020, told Blue Lives Matter he is looking forward after the momentary setback.

McMinn said that he hoped to study to become a National Parks ranger and EMT specialist after graduation and wanted to eventually work at Yosemite or Yellowstone Park.

Blue Lives Matter reached out to the Meijer store for comment and was referred to their corporate headquarters.

Meijer’s corporate offices had not yet responded to a request for comment before publication time.

UPDATE: Meijer Corporate Communications Director Frank Guglielmi sent Blue Lives Matter the following statement in an email.

"Keeping our team members safe is our top priority and we have specific policies in place to do just that. The team member in question pursued a vehicle on foot out of our store parking lot and into a neighboring parking lot in direct violation of our company policy. He did this after our asset protection team had stopped pursuing the suspect and after he was instructed to stop. We investigated the situation and it was clear the team member acted without direction and went against the policy we have in place to protect our team members."

Comments (49)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Well this should give the trolls here an incentive to rob Meijer stores.

VinnyBiscuits
VinnyBiscuits

Another retailer to not support. Common sense dictates there’s no cause for termination as he didn’t endanger himself or any of his coworkers. Again, the good guy is punished 😡

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Ian McMinn has nothing to worry about. He is going to get all kinds of job offers in the near future.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Pretty standard policy for grocery stores these days. Surprised that one had live loss prevention folks. My husband spent nearly 30 years in grocery and watched probably a quarter million dollars of stuff walk out the door over the years. The policy was to just let them take it, all part of "shrinkage."

greasyboots
greasyboots

Another place to save scarce retail $$$.
Ian will be fine, will get plenty of good work offers.

MtBike.
MtBike.

He didn't report this to Law Enforcement, he told his Manager. His Manager had a choice on what to do with that information.... All the Manager had to do was leave it there and explain we don't pursue any other info once the criminals leave the store. If Ian called L.E. on his own, then maybe he would have violated this stores stupid policy. He only told Management his observation.

Petkinguk
Petkinguk

Show support for this young man - BOYCOTT the MEIJER group stores.

Thatcatdavid
Thatcatdavid

This is actually the mindset that some are trying to inculcate into our young men. Be a passive bovine-like worker who ignores the injustice you see around you. For the love of money 💰 the soul of man has been discarded.

Aco1979
Aco1979

After being out of town for 6 months, I was looking forward to shopping at Meijer again until I read this story. Never again. Why should anyone pay if there are no consequences for theft?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Worked part time for a big box home improvement retailer for a while. This is true. You get in more trouble than the shoplifter. You can walk out of the store and all they can do is ask for your receipt. It’s bullshit. Same with returns without a receipt. I watched thousands of merchandise cards get handed out for returns with no receipt which were clearly stolen.

bryantrent
bryantrent

He didnt chase the shoplifter out this is BS

SupportBlu
SupportBlu

Love them or hate them but this has Fox 8 I team written all over it. Time to get this story out there to the next level.

Pulled Porker
Pulled Porker

F**k blue lives matter and that kid. Should've read your damn handbook. No excuses. Future snitch in life! 😂🤣😂

Stanracer
Stanracer

He did the right thing. Shouldn't have been fired. A review if policy would have sufficed. The managers a dick.

vwiles34
vwiles34

And we pay for every item that walks out the door with higher prices. And this young man instead of being a hoodrat chose to go out and get a job does the right thing and gets fired. He didn't go against their policy he just reported what he saw. Too many stores are doing this. Nothing for them if they do stop a shoplifter to call the police and when they get there say we don't want to prosecute. I want to say then why the hell did you call?

XIHP308
XIHP308

If that's their mindset you don't want to work for them. Did the right thing and gets punished for it, your not the problem. Manager could have handled it much differently.

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

Those corporate big shots at Meijer must be Democrats💩👹

Luscious775
Luscious775

Do you know why they aren’t to be chased? It’s because the store can file a claim with their insurance. Very stupid. Poor kid hopefully this won’t stop him from doing it again!

Snake59
Snake59

It is understandable the reasoning for the safety rule. But totally uncalled for to fire him! He should have been told and advised not to do it again. Also, he was in the parking lot, he did not run outside. I think the manager needs training! I agree, this young man will go far! I love Meijer. So glad I live in MI and don’t have to shop at that one. I’d boycott it!

LEO0301
LEO0301

How dare he do the right thing? What was that boy thinking? Years ago there was an Albertsons store where shoplifting was common. One day someone ran out the door with some prime beef. Half the employees gave chase with the manager and assistant manager jumping in a Jeep and tried their very best to run the thief over as he fled through the parking lot. This criminal was never so happy to see the cops as when we showed up. He actually believed they would have killed him had we not intervened. Lol Man I loved those guys!

Goldengirl17
Goldengirl17

Ian, you did the right thing bud. This actually puts you in a class above the rest, you have a bright future ahead of you.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Sounds like someone is not telling the truth. The young man's description does not coincide with the corporate office. News flash corporate office lying.

Propolice
Propolice

Boycott the store! Better yet let all the thugs know there’s free stuff to be had at Meijers. Open season on theft!

CinHadad
CinHadad

This is a f**ked up country we live in when the criminals don't get punished but the ones who do the right thing do.

DRTice
DRTice

Why bother to show up at there store if they allow this?

lolamae
lolamae

I won't be shopping there anymore. There was a time when security could not stop a shoplifter until after they left the store. Now just taking a license number down which involved no one else or even the perps he is fired for taking the number and it is a supposedly safety policy. Well as it is a shop lifter knows if they can make it out the store they are home free because no one can stop them. We wonder why products prices keep rising, it is the shop lifters who can get away without consequences. Poor policy and I won't be back to that store.

Always Amazed
Always Amazed

Hope no Meijer employees are never a witness to a kidnapping, or murder or some such! This is too stupid to be believed. Thieves, please ply your trade at this store...they deserve you.

Beanstormer
Beanstormer

Meijer is a crapstastic company to work for. They forced my son to quick because he made a joke. He didn't understand it would hurt someone's feelings. His mind doesn't work like the "average" person's.

I really want to see the video of Ian. I'm pretty sure that kid was just doing his job.

That company looks real good on paper, but the way the upper leadership treats their people is terrible. I'm glad my son doesn't work there anymore!


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