Two Lululemon employees in Georgia can hardly be blamed for feeling that the world has turned upside down. After all, they say they were fired for trying to stop a band of robbers last month at an Atlanta-area store.
Amazingly, Rachel Rogers and Jennifer Ferguson reported they were told by management that their actions ran afoul of the companies “zero-tolerance policy” after the brazen incident in Peachtree Corners.
Ferguson recounted the startling position she said was taken by the “athleisure” business.
Employees are not supposed to get in the way of the robbers, simply clear a path. Afterwards, they are instructed to scan a QR code. Take no notes about the incident because someone might become frightened.
She added, “We’re not supposed to call the police, not really supposed to talk about it.”
Two Lululemon employees have been fired for calling the police on thieves in PTC.
After being robbed multiple times recently the manager & an employee decided to follow them & get their license plate & call the police.
The 3 robbers have been arrested.pic.twitter.com/WHTqfawlZC
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) May 29, 2023
Insider reported that the pair were terminated for confronting and recording the masked thieves. It was not, management said, for calling law enforcement to report the robbery.
It was Ferguson who recorded a :30 video of the group of males wearing face coverings and hoodies while grabbing armfuls of merchandise from the Lululemon location in the middle of the day. At one point, she shouted, “No, no, no, you can march back out.”
The same group has reportedly hit the store almost a dozen times. One told Ferguson to “chill” as she followed them out of the store with video rolling.
Afterwards, the employees apparently ran afoul of corporate policy by reporting the incident to the Gwinnett Police Department.
Rogers said that the reasoning for their firing was not made clear except that the company has a “zero-tolerance policy.” Against what?
The video, which has since gone viral, was released on Facebook by Ferguson’s husband, Jason. He posted a message saying that he had not been afforded the chance to speak with the company about their grievances so he was going public.
The thieves were arrested the next day during the alleged commission of yet another robbery. Investigators reported they now face multiple felony charges.
A Lululemon spokesperson told Fox News that the company takes thefts and vandalism “very seriously” and will continue to “collaborate with local partners and law enforcement.”