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Give this man a medal…and a job.

Posted by sanityinjection on October 21, 2009

Today’s example of the lack of sanity in our modern society comes to us from Ocala, Florida, in the person of one Josh Rutner. Mr. Rutner, you see, was until recently employed by the local Wal-Mart as an “asset protection officer” – essentially, a store detective whose job is to identify and stop possible shoplifters.

Earlier this month, while Mr. Rutner was on duty, a man tried to steal forty bucks worth of golf balls and a chicken dinner without paying. Mr. Rutner, following store policy, radioed for assistance and with the help of two other employees, collared the thief just outside the store’s door. But then, the suspect pulled a knife and fled on foot. Mr Rutner gave chase and tried to knock the guy over with a shopping cart. He was eventually apprehended by police.

The next day, Mr. Rutner was called into a manager’s office at Wal-Mart and fired. Why? Because store policy strictly forbids detectives from giving chase to armed suspects once they leave the premises.

Now, one can understand why Wal-Mart might have such a policy – to protect its employees and to protect the store itself from liability. But as Rutner states, he felt he could not allow someone he knew to be dangerous to run free and possibly attack someone else. “I didn’t get hurt. They got their merchandise. And yet I got fired.”

Rutner knowingly violated store policy and should certainly be subject to some sort of discipline for that. But to most of us, he’s a hero – and that should count for something more than being tossed out on his tuchus. The one time somebody tries to go above and beyond the call of duty – rather than just getting by with the minimum amount of effort – and what happens? He gets punished for it. So much for civic-mindedness. So much for incentivizing excellence, which is probably mentioned in Wal-Mart’s BS employee materials. The message Wal-Mart is sending is “Screw the community, all we care about is ourselves.”

Wal-Mart can of course do what they want – but here’s hoping that if Josh Rutner doesn’t get a medal for his bravery, someone will at least offer him a new job.

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One Response to “Give this man a medal…and a job.”

  1. paul schofield said

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    An Ocala man who pulled a gun on two brothers and allegedly told them he works for the police was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, falsely impersonating an officer and unlawful transport of radio equipment using a law enforcement official frequency.

    Officers went to the 1900 block of Southwest 30th Court after receiving a call about a man pointing a firearm at two men.

    Coincidently, Cpl. Robert Douglas saw the vehicle described, a red Ford pickup, at the intersection of Southwest 20th Street and 27th Avenue and stopped it.

    Officer C. Wolverton went to the incident location, an apartment complex, and spoke with a man who said he and his brother went to the complex and saw a truck blocking their parking spot. The man said the driver of the truck, later identified as Joshua M. Rutner, 27, asked him to turn down his music and they began arguing.

    The man said his brother ran upstairs to their apartment, then returned and all three began arguing.

    The brothers told the officer that Rutner, who had some type of identification around his neck, told them he “works for the police” and that he took a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at them.

    Rutner drove away when the men told him they were going to call police.

    A woman told the officer a similar story.

    Wolverton then went to where Douglas had stopped the truck, driven by Rutner.

    Rutner told them he was at the complex fixing a friend’s vehicle when another vehicle pulled up. He said the music was loud and he asked the driver to turn it down because he was on the phone.
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    Rutner said they got into an argument and one of the men went to the apartment and returned pulling his shirt off and reaching into his pants. He claimed the other man was behind him, which blocked him from going to his truck.

    Feeling threatened, Rutner said, he pulled a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at the men. He said he told them he “works for the police” or “with the police,” and then left the scene.

    Officers searched Rutner’s vehicle and found a working siren and a portable scanner attached to the dash that was tuned to the Ocala Police Department frequency.

    Rutner was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday on $11,000 bond.

    He declined to comment when contacted Tuesday by the Star-Banner.

    The incident is not connected to a report last week of a man impersonating a law enforcement official, where a woman was pulled over in her vehicle. The man drove away when the woman asked him to show her a badge.

    This hero guy plays Policeman! Also insults his neighbors dead mother, has a very fowl mouth and has no respect for his neighborhood, or neighbors and breaks every hoa covenant because the “people up the street do it, so why cant I”? He has been a disruptor since the very first day he arrived in the present neighborhood he now resides with his poor mother who cannot control him. Still think he is a hero? He also threatens neighbors with voilence when they are forced to call animal control for an aggressive pit bull mix that he refuses to keep on a leash, and code enforcement for leaving dead tree clippings in his back yard til they dry out in the middle of a dry spell which creates a fire hazard! He is LOUD BOISTEROUS OBNOXIOUS AND COMPLETLY DISRESPECTFUL OF THE HOMEOWNERS COVENANTS! This is not the first time he got into trouble and if he continues to disrespect his neighborhood and threaten people for trying to legally get him to comply with the HOA rules,, it will turn LEGALLY bad for him! Or one day he will threaten and pull his pistol on the wrong person!

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