Joe Morici, a manager at CVS in Beltsville, Maryland, sprung into action when two robbers jumped over the counter, broke into a safe, and stole several narcotics from the store.
As the robbers fled, Morici stopped them at the front door, pinning one against the wall while beating back the other, who attempted to stab him with a screwdriver. Through his bravery, Morici managed to relinquish the robbers of most of the stolen narcotics.
From News 4 SA:
Police say the suspects took narcotics from the pharmacy’s safe. Morici says fearing for the safety of his customers and co-workers, he pursued the suspects to the front door where one of the suspects attacked him with this screwdriver.
Morici says, “He tried to hit me again with the screwdriver. I disarmed him of the screwdriver, while having the other guy pinned against the one door.”
Morici says he even managed to retrieve most, if not all, of the stolen pills during the struggle. The suspects got away.
So, how did CVS reward their manager for going above and beyond to prevent these robbers from selling potentially dangerous drugs to addicts and children on the streets? A plaque? A promotion? A free go at the beer/snack food aisles? Nope. They fired him. Turns out, CVS has a strict non-pursuit policy in dealing with robbers.
In a prepared statement a CVS spokesperson said, “In the unfortunate event of a robbery at one of our stores, the safety and well-being of our customers and employees is always our highest priority. We do not comment on specific security policies as we do not want to undermine them. And due to our employment privacy policies, we are unable to comment on Mr. Morici.”
Morici recently finished a year-long tour abroad, too. He says his military instincts kicked in, which is why he confronted the burglars.
“I did seven years in the military; a year overseas and that instinctive behavior is not something you can just turn a switch, and it doesn’t happen anymore. I didn’t act in the way CVS wanted, but I acted in the way that was right and I still stand by that,” says Morici.
I’m done with CVS. First they quit selling smokes, and now this bullshit. Get outta here. This man is a goddamn hero. Maybe if it was a couple kids who stole a handful of candy bars, then what Morici did could have been considered an overreaction. But not when we’re talking about a safe’s worth of pills.
Morici doesn’t know what he is going to do now, but he says he’s considering joining back up with the military.
So if any businesses out there are looking for a dedicated, loyal, and hardworking individual who is willing to put the company above himself, you’ve just found your guy. If not, the military is undoubtedly missing his strength and spirit..
[via News 4 SA]