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HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. —Police said a Hardin County woman helped catch a shoplifter, but her employers said she broke company guidelines and now she's lost the job she's held for 18 years.Hundreds of people shop at the Lowe's in Elizabethtown every day, but one week ago, Kyle Heim caught a clerk's attention. Karen Sizemore said he was a shoplifter. The grandmother was so furious she followed him out of the store."It was just the adrenaline rush. I'm not taking it any more. You just get to the point where you're so tired of people stealing from you," she said.Sizemore reached into Heim's backseat trying to get the Dewalt tool kit valued at nearly $600. Heim took off, but she didn't come away empty handed."We did get his license plate number, that's how we caught him. He's in jail," Sizemore said.The arrest and the story later made the local newspaper.Back at work, Sizemore became the subject of good humored teasing:"They were calling me Rambo, Wonder Woman," she said.On Tuesday, halfway through her shift, Sizemore was terminated.
Their explanation was I put myself and other people in danger and they fired me," Sizemore said.The Lowe's corporate office issued this statement:"Our policies are in place for the safety of our workers. We have very specific guidelines when it comes to handling potential shoplifters, to ensure the well-being of not only our team but our customers.""Eighteen years with this company, for chasing a shoplifter. This is the thanks I get?" Sizemore said.Out of work, Sizemore admitted she doesn't need that thanks, just a paycheck and she wants it from the same place she's earned it the past 18 years."I do want my job back," she said.Sizemore is considering hiring a lawyer to get her job back.Lowe's corporate office said they're investigating the incident.
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