Oct/13
2013

Lowe's Blows Round Two: Karen Sizemore's Sad Story

Headline: Lowes fires an 18 year veteran employee for chasing a shoplifter. And helping getting him convicted. Hard to believe? Read on.
Karen Sizemore said she was working as a clerk at the Lowe's store in Elizabethtown when she spotted a man, later identified as Kyle Heim, trying to flee the store without paying for a Dewalt tool kit priced at nearly $600, WLKY-TV, Louisville, Ky., reported Thursday. Sizemore said the shoplifter made her so angry she decided to give chase.[..] Sizemore said she was not able to grab the toolkit from the thief's back seat before he drove off, but she was able to take down some valuable information. "We did get his license plate number, that's how we caught him. He's in jail," Sizemore said. Sizemore said her actions impressed her co-workers.[..] However, the worker said she was shocked to find herself fired halfway through her shift Tuesday. "Their explanation was I put myself and other people in danger and they fired me," Sizemore said. "Eighteen years with this company, for chasing a shoplifter. This is the thanks I get?" Sizemore said.(UPI)
Clearly this dame ain't no spring chicken, all the more reason to recognize her amazing capacity and energy to chase down a dirtbag who would otherwise have gotten away with an expensive item. Karen, you're awesome, and Lowe's doesn't deserve an employee like you. There's no reason you couldn't have just gotten a "warning" if they were really concerned, but to get fired is plain stupid, embarrassing, petty, small-minded, asshole-ism. Fuck Lowe's. Even if you do win your lawsuit, take the money and go work elsewhere. I recommend Home Depot for one.
7 comments
Comment from: Luigi Valentino  
A letter to Lowes….. I was appalled to hear of the Termination of Karen Sizemore from your Elizabethtown, KY Store. I do realize you have store policies and procedures. However, haven’t you heard of a write up? A written warning? A verbal warning? 18 years is a very longtime. Karen’s loyalty should be commended. All those years at a place, which I am sure doesn’t even pay their employees much more over minimum wage. You really should be ashamed of yourself. I have spent Thousands of dollars at Lowes. I will be taking my business elsewhere. I will also encourage everyone I know to boycott LOWES from coast to coast. You are not the only kid on the block. Home Depot will experience an increase in sales. I will continue to Boycott until Karen is reinstated at your company AND Given Pay for the time you forced her off the job. I believe a Promotion, Bonus and pay raise is also in order. SHAME ON LOWES! Luigi Valentino Omaha Ne.
10/13/13 @ 17:07
Comment from:  
I’ll make sure this gets copied to their website. For anyone else wishing to contact Lowe’s directly, it’s not easy but here’s what you do: - go to http://www.lowes.com/ - look at the bottom of the page for “contact us” under “Customer Care” - pick “Lowe’s Corporate” then “Other Questions /Comments” - enter your beef there
10/13/13 @ 17:43
Comment from: Busy Mom 2226
Thank you for your support of my amazing Mom, Karen Sizemore. While this situation is very difficult on my Mom she is very encouraged by the outpouring of support she has received from so many people. We have started a petition that will be delivered to the CEO of Lowe’s and are trying to get as many signatures as possible. Please sign the petition. Thank you again for supporting my Mom!! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/lowes-fires-grandma-for.fb40?source=c.fb&r_by=9197187
10/14/13 @ 06:25
Comment from: Ralphie1954
Thanks Busy Mom for the petition url. I have boycotted Lowes since this story broke and shop at HD across the street. As a landlord I spend a smsll fortune at stores like Lowes so hopefully they might notice.
11/14/13 @ 16:13
Comment from: Stuart Christie
This is dissapointing behaviour by this corporation. I hope they have apologised to this employee. I’ve emailed my thoughts to Lowes. Good luck Stuart Christie Queensland Australia
12/05/13 @ 21:36
Comment from: Ralphie1954
Hopefully Lowes is getting sick of the emails I send to them with attachments of copies of my receipts for merchandise purchased at Home Depot located across the street from Lowes. Karen you are not forgotten.
12/22/13 @ 02:04
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I looked for a follow-up. Turns out that Ms. Sizemore was offered a job by Café Press. http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Fired-Lowes-employee-gets-job-offer-228394761.html
12/22/13 @ 15:39