By Erin B. Logan July 23 at 12:33 PMAfter a man approached the checkout at a Home Depot in Albany, N.Y., two weeks ago, staff member Maurice Rucker asked him to leash his dog. The man exploded.
Rucker, a 60-year-old black man, garnered attention over the weekend after being fired from Home Depot for his encounter with an irate customer who hurled racist expletives at him, he said.
Home Depot told The Washington Post it initially fired Rucker for failing to “disengage and alert management about a customer confrontation,” spokesman Matthew Harrigan wrote in an email. But by Friday, the company backtracked, telling The Post it rescinded the termination and would give Rucker back pay.
But Rucker, who worked for the company for 10 years, on Monday told The Post he has no plans to return.
Home Depot’s decision “has nothing to do with me,” Rucker said in an interview. “It has to do with the media reaction to them firing me. . . . The fact they can fire me after 10 years for reacting to someone who is racist is insane.”
I applaud Mr. Rucker for not accepting his job back, he calls it insane the way they reacted to the whole ordeal, I call it an insult. But what do you really expect from these corporations. Their loyalty is to the almighty dollar. I will say this... that it could have turned out differently if it had been another not so civil black man.