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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Lululemon Employees Fired for Confronting Thieves

'We’ve been told not to put it in any notes, because that might scare other people. We’re not supposed to call the police, not really supposed to talk about it...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Two women accused “athleisure” chain Lululemon of unjustly firing them after they attempted to protect the store from being ransacked and called police to report the occurrence at an Atlanta location.

According to the Daily Wire, Rachel Rogers and Jennifer Ferguson said the company let them go due to violation of the “zero-tolerance policy” of confronting potentially dangerous thieves.

“We are not supposed to get in the way,” Ferguson said.

“You kind of clear path for whatever they’re going to do, and then, after it’s over, you scan a QR code, and that’s that,” she continued. “We’ve been told not to put it in any notes, because that might scare other people. We’re not supposed to call the police, not really supposed to talk about it.”

Rogers recorded a video of the theft, which showed people in jackets, hoods and masks running in and out of the store with arms full of merchandise.

Lululemon released a statement clarifying that they dismissed the former employees because they confronted and recorded the thieves.

“The safety and security of our employees and guests is always Lululemon’s top priority, and we have policies and protocols in place to uphold a safe environment,” a Lululemon spokesperson said. “We take thefts and vandalism very seriously and our focus right now is supporting our educators, as well as continuing to collaborate with local partners and law enforcement.”

Police arrested the perpetrators as they attempted another robbery the following day.

Rogers and Ferguson have both faced serious financial problems since leaving Lululemon.

“That was my sole income,” Rogers said, “So, I did have to file for unemployment and use all of my savings to pay for my car payments, car insurance payments, my dog’s food, my food.”

Ferguson, who has four children, said she and her self-employed husband scrambled to find alternatives for health insurance.

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