Former Belk employee in viral fight video speaks out

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - You may have seen the social media video depicting a fight between Belk loss prevention officers and shoplifters outside of Madison Square Mall.

The store employees were since fired and say they were simply doing their job.

The video of the confrontation between shoplifters and Belk loss prevention is popular on the web...but it's not so popular for the man depicted in the blue shirt, Tim McCory, who has since been fired, a struggle for a father of four.

"I was the only income. I have all these people depending on me. I would go back to work today because I know I didn't do anything wrong." McCory was the loss prevention manager for the store for three years, commuting from Guntersville. He says he was fired one week after the incident without warning, and that he did what he does every day.

"We handled the situation fairly based on all the facts," said a statement from Belk's corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.  McCory was told that he violated company policies on safety, sensible pursuit, and use of force -- but he says he was fired over bad press.

"I still don't believe that makes it against company policy," said McCory, who was recently given a raise for good performance. "Just because it was caught on video, I was still acting within company policy and the law."

Belk said publicity played no role. "Our response had nothing to do with the fact that the video went viral." McCory has now applied for food stamps and filed for unemployment to continue to provide for his family.

"It's devastating," said McCory, "I'm trying to get help and seek assistance from different places but it's just not fast enough." The male customer in the viral video has been arrested for robbery.


  • Jim

    The company didnt like the viral video plain and simple. If he had aprehended the suspects without a video making the rounds he would of got kuddos and still got a job. Double standard. Dont want to make Corporate America embarrassed or they will send you to the curb with the garbage and think nothing about it…

  • Dan

    And this is why I no longer shop at Madison Square. They should just close that place and be done with all this trash.

  • Nicole

    Belk is horrible! Not just Madison and Parkway, but everywhere! It’s obvious they don’t care about their people!

  • Kari

    Shoplifters cause stores to raise their prices to make up for the losses they suffer…or so they say. Yet, they hamstring their loss prevention people. This fight looked fair and I don’t see where the store employee did anything but his job. Or it would be considered part of his job if the store hadn’t gotten hold of the video. Everyone is so scared of robbers and thieves now days. They get away with with stealing, they get away with hurting people. The cops do a good job of apprehending them, then some lame judge slaps them on the wrist and lets them either go or serve their time in the comfort of their own home… When are we going to wake up and start making these vile people actually pay for their crimes. By coddling these criminals, we are only setting ourselves up to fail miserably and bring more grief on ourselves. My question would be why wasn’t the female in this video also arrested? She obviously knew what was going on and she aided and abetted the getaway of her criminal boyfriend? I think this man ought to get a lawyer and sue them for assault and sue the store for wrongful dismissal!! In my book, he’s a hero. My hat’s off to anyone who will not let these jerks get away without a fight!!! Hope the guy serves a long time in jail and the girlfriend gets charged as an accessory and goes to prison where she can be among her people too!

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