Febreze attack on suspected shoplifters leads to firing of Family Dollar store manager

Manager Gavyn Edlinger was fired from a store in Saginaw, Mich.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM   |   Comments

SAGINAW, Mich., June 4 (UPI) -- A Michigan Family Dollar manager who was caught on camera spraying Febreze at some suspected shoplifters has been fired.

In a video that has been spreading virally, ex-manager Gavyn Edlinger confronts the alleged shoplifters (one of whom is pregnant), before launching into a profanity-laced rant and spraying Febreze at them. "[expletive], what I want you to do is do something," Edlinger says in the clip. "I will whoop yo' [expletive]!"

The one minute and 47 second-long video likely led to Edlinger's firing from the Saginaw store.

"Please know that the safety and security of our customers and Team Members is our first priority and we take situations like these very seriously," Family Dollar corporate spokesman Bryn Winburn wrote in an emailed statement to CBS Detroit.

"I would never want to create harm to anyone," Edlinger said in an interview with TMZ. "But at the end of the day, I'm a hardworking guy. I worked my way up to be a salaried store manager with that company. I don't regret it. Girl, you needed some Febreze!"

Despite the negative experience, Edlinger is eager to get back to work.

"I have not had any offers," he said. "Hopefully Febreze might want to offer me a commercial."

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