Woman called police after thieves hit Lululemon subway store, she was later fired
A Gwinnett County woman said she was fired for calling police about four thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of clothing from the Lululemon store where she worked.
Rachel Rogers captured the chilling moments on cellphone video last month when three brazen thieves entered her store and began stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from the Forum Shops store in Peachtree Corners.
The 23-year-old said Channel 2’s Michael Seiden which the three men grabbed as much as they could before fleeing from the store where their getaway driver was waiting for them.
“They’re just full-fledged, like, running circles around you grabbing as much as they can,” Rogers said. “And it’s a scary feeling, and you don’t know how to react. So our reaction is to shout, “No! To go out! Leave!'”
Rogers said she and her former colleague Jennifer Ferguson were shaken but uninjured and immediately reported the theft to police.
But two weeks later, they were fired after learning they had both violated company policy by calling 911.
So how were they supposed to handle this situation?
“Clear a path. At least that’s what’s on display, it’s a clear path, and don’t interact, let them take what they want. Let them take what they have and don’t come into contact with them at all,” Rogers said.
She told Seiden she was frustrated because she had been struggling with this same issue for eight months.
“I’ve been through it probably five or six times, and I know it’s happened on other occasions when other people are working,” Rogers said.
Investigators say the same group of thieves struck again the next day in Peachtree City where police arrested them and charged them with multiple crimes.
“I think it’s a much bigger ploy because the stolen product is brought back by other people to try to come back and get money back,” Rogers said.
Channel 2 Action News has contacted Lululemon several times to comment on this story, but so far they have not returned our messages.
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