Son of Gary Rasor, Home Depot worker fatally pushed by shoplifter, demands crackdown
The son of a senior Home Depot employee who died last December, after being shoved to the ground by a serial shoplifter, is calling on US authorities to crack down on shoplifting. Seventy-eight year old Gary Rasor approached the thief as he left the store with three pressure washers worth over $800. The thief pushed Rasor to the ground. The elderly man suffered complications from injuries sustained in the incident and died a month later. Rasor’s son, Jeff, says his father was simply “going to ask for a receipt” before he was attacked. Rasor is now imploring law enforcement to enact harsher punishments to discourage shoplifters and end organized retail crimes that have plagued stores across America. Home Depot has made attempts to address the issue of growing levels of theft, which have grown “double-digit year over year,” according to the store’s Vice President of Asset Protection, Scott Glenn. Measures added include more security guards, more cameras and better merchandise tracking technology. With these and other initiatives, Home Depot seeks to keep its 500,000 employees safe whilst achieving sales. Following Rasor’s death in December, another Home Depot employee was killed in a separate incident after confronting a shoplifter at a California store.
Why is shoplifting increasing in America?
Thieves are becoming more brazen and violent in their thefts. Organised retail crime is also contributing to the surging crime rate.
What is Home Depot doing to stop shoplifting?
Home Depot has placed a greater focus on enhancing store security, including the installation of more cameras and hiring additional security guards. Better merchandise tracking technology is also contributing to better security measures.
How safe are employees at Home Depot?
Home Depot has made employee safety a top priority and have added measures to ensure their employees feel safe and are safe on the job.
“Son of Home Depot worker, Gary Rasor, who was fatally pushed by a shoplifter, urges for stronger enforcement measures”
Jeff Rasor, the son of a senior Home Depot worker who passed away after being shoved to the ground by a shoplifter, is urging authorities to take action against growing theft across the United States. Gary Rasor had approached a thief wheeling out three pressure washers worth over $800 from the store on Oct. 1, only to be pushed to the ground and injured. He subsequently died on Dec. 1 from complications resulting from his injuries. Jeff Rasor emphasized that his father had simply been “going to ask for a receipt” when targeted by the thief and believes there must be consequences for such incidents. As thefts at Home Depot and similar retailers continue to surge, the video monitoring technology in stores has been enhanced in order to help identify and catch shoplifters.