April 16, 2006 5:51 P.M. After patiently waiting in line for over 30 minutes to check out,I went three feet to exit the store and security asked to see my receipt. I replied, "No, not today." He then grabbed two 12 foot boards off my cart and proceeded to tell me he needed to see my receipt.
I then asked him if he was detaining me for shoplifting. He responded, "No sir, I need to see your receipt." I took my lumber from him and put it back and my cart. I responded, "I already told you - it's not going to happen."
I proceeded into the parking lot, and he grabbed the lumber again. I told him to call the police. I informed him that I would have him arrested for detaining me against my will and theft of my property.
He motioned for back-up. My girlfriend and I were repeated harrassed, threatened,and verbal abused as we continued to walk to our vehicle by one of the 5 security guards that were now following us. He called me a "punk-*&* *&*&", "mother-*&*&*" etc. He also told me to go back to my low paying job at Burger King.
I continually told him to call the police to settle the matter. They surrounded us at my truck in the parking lot and continued the harrassment and tried to incite me to begin a physical fight them.
An older security guard took the lumber from the security guard who was reponsible for most of the abuse and gave it back to me. The others continued to make obscene gestures as we drove away.
I called the store manager when I got home. He did not ask for my name or number. He told me their actions were completely wrong and said he would take care of it. I have no way to know if anything was actually done.
I also called the main office and they informed me it would take 7-10 days to repond.
On 4/19 I called the security company that Home Depot employs. He imformed me that their actions were wrong and the extemely vocal person was termined the following day.
Unfortunately the report that was submitted to the security company by the involved officers was falsified. They reported only three officers were on the scene and that I was illegally parked in an unloading zone. I was ,however, parked in a legal parking space in the middle of the parking lot.
I am now waiting for a response from the Home Depot which I do not believe will ever come forth.
River Ridge, Louisiana