Albany Home Depot employee turns down offer for old job

July 23, 2018 04:59 PM

Social media exploded over the weekend with the story about the Albany man who was fired from the Home Depot on Central Avenue because he didn't seek a manager's help in dealing with a customer's racist rant.

Home Depot has since offered Maurice Rucker his old job back. His response -- thanks but no thanks. In his own words, Rucker does not feel comfortable putting on the orange apron again.


Rucker said he was at work earlier this month when a customer criticized him for being slow and when Maurice told the man his dog needed to be on a leash in the store, the man started firing off expletive-laden, racial insults. So Rucker told the man to leave.

A few days later, Rucker was fired for not getting a manager to handle it. Then on Friday -- after public outcry that reached across the country -- Home Depot decided to offer Rucker his job back. However, Rucker didn't hear from the individual store. Instead, he heard from the corporate office in Atlanta.

"'We want you back.' It's like, no, you want this to stop. That's what you want," said Rucker.

Rucker says there was no raise or promotion offered to him -- just come back to work.

WEB EXTRA: Fired Home Depot employee talks about another experience he had with the same customer

He does have some irons in the fire, including the Humane Society and something with Albany County.

A GoFundMe page that was created for him is up over $3,000. So he doesn't have to rush into making a decision.

He agreed this whole thing might have been a blessing in disguise.


Jerry Gretzinger

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