A CVS employee’s life was saved when a man tried to rob his place of work, but his job was not.
Zac Phillips was working at a Greenfield, Ind., CVS, where he’d been working for five years, when a man came into the store, allegedly to rob the pharmacy.
Phillips told Indianapolis news station WISH-TV “He showed my pharmacist a note saying, ‘This is a pharmacy robbery,’”.
Phillips told WISH-TV the pharmacist walked the robber to the front of the store, where he was working.
Phillips said “Then he put his hands on my pharmacist, and I was right there when it happened, “I didn’t know what was going to happen from that point. But I wasn’t going to let him hurt my pharmacist.”
In a video of the Nov. 25 event, the man appears to push the pharmacist before trying to leaving the store. Phillips told Indianapolis news station WXIN the suspect was attempting to leave the store with oxycodone, but Phillips and the pharmacist battled him and held him down until police arrived.
Police arrested the 22-year-old suspect, Jagger Maupin. He faces charges along with robbery, theft and resisting law enforcement, according to his arrest report. He is in custody in Hancock County Jail.
But Phillips isn’t actualy being praised a hero. A few days after the incident, CVS dropped Phillips and the pharmacist, according to WISH-TV.
He noted that it all happened so fast for Phillips. “You really don’t have time to think in these situations. It happened in a flash, “People are human. They react at things. Especially when you see someone going after someone you consider a friend, your instinct is to protect them.”
But CVS doesn’t agree. “The safety and well-being of our customers and employees is always our highest priority,”
The company told Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement. “We have stringent security policies and procedures in place to prohibit actions by employees that would jeopardize their safety and the safety of others. The actions of two employees at our Greenfield store during a recent attempted robbery violated those policies and procedures by initiating a physical confrontation, which led to our decision to separate them from the company.”
But Phillips doesn’t think anyone would be concerned about policy in a moment like that. “When you have a half-second to think about it, you don’t think about policy, you think about a friend’s life and who this guy might endanger if he had gotten drugs?”
He explained to WISH-TV. “We’re not allowed to fight back; we’re not allowed to do anything,” Philips argued.
“We’re just supposed to let them have these dangerous drugs and be on their way. They don’t value anybody; they don’t value employees; they don’t value customers. They value money,” he said of CVS.
On Facebook, Phillips, who is now unemployed, has said he is going to keep sharing the video until “something is done about this.”