Home Depot and shoplifters
Around last Christmas, I "intervened" with a shoplifter at Home Depot. Actually, I saw a disturbance between an older man and a young man. (I called him a crackhead on another forum, was told it's not PC). My intervention was with verbal commands, and said young man stopped, lay down on the ground, fingers behind head, ankles crossed, and urinated on himself. The older man had seen him steal several chainsaws and a generator and had followed him to his car to confront him. He later said he had told the employee at the door to call 911, but the employee was not interested in his story, so he continued to follow the young man "good Samaritan style". At the time they were having a tug of war over the handle of the shopping cart, but had not become physically violent. When I offered my advice "Stop what you're doing, please" or words to that effect, and possibly delivered in a slightly raised voice:rolleyes: the young man performed his routine, while the older man simply looked at me with relief. The employees rushed outside, grabbed the shopping cart, and rolled it inside with a mumbled word that PD was already called. Never saw them again. I reported to PD that I had seen exactly what I had seen and eventually went on my way. The employees could not have cared less, although the older man was thankful someone had assisted him. Learned a lesson from that one. I was armed at the time, no one else but the LEO was. I have not been back to that Home Depot since.
Also IIRC Musketeer used to be a Home Depot Employee many years ago. Perhaps he can offer an insiders view.