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CVS employee fired for tackling pharmacy robber

The employee’s mom didn’t raise a wussy.

From NY Post: A CVS employee from Indiana says both he and a pharmacist were fired after fighting off a man threatening to steal oxycodone.

CVS axed Zac Phillips, from Greenfield, days after he and the pharmacist, who is not being publicly identified, tackled suspect Jagger Maupin, 22, to the floor on Nov. 8.

Phillips worked at CVS for five years, WISH-TV reported.

“You really don’t have time to think in these situations, it happened in a flash,” Phillips said. “(They) showed my pharmacist a note saying ‘This is a pharmacy robbery.”

Phillips said CVS told him and the pharmacist that they violated store policy by “initiating a physical confrontation.” But Phillips claims he was merely acting in defense after seeing the suspect push the pharmacist.

“I was defending myself, defending my pharmacist,” Phillips told Fox 59“If we get attacked, we are not even allowed to defend ourselves.”

Surveillance footage from the incident shows Phillips and the pharmacist wrestling the suspect to the floor as the suspect is trying to run out the door.

Following the incident, police arrested Maupin a block away from the store and charged him with robbery, resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice, theft and battery. He was not armed.

Phillips believes if he hadn’t prevented Maupin from getting drugs, something worse could have happened.

When you have a half-second to think about it, you don’t think about policy, you think about friend’s life, and who this guy might endanger if he had gotten drugs?” Phillips told WISH-TV.

CVS released the following statement: “The safety and well-being of our customers and employees is always our highest priority. We have stringent security policies and procedures in place to prohibit actions by employees that would jeopardize their safety and the safety of others. The actions of two employees at our Greenfield store during a recent attempted robbery violated those policies and procedures by initiating a physical confrontation, which led to our decision to separate them from the company.”

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