I ended up at our Denver warehouse this past week to handle some pretty serious business. We got word from our Indianapolis office that there had been a disturbance reported at the Denver warehouse, something about a car accident. My uncle sent me on the next flight over there and I was shocked to discover that one of our employees had been involved in a hit-and-run.
However, it wasn’t just a hit-and-run—this particular employee drove his car right into the building, damaging the foundation, and causing serious injury to four pedestrians that were walking towards a nearby restaurant.
Apparently, the police found him just a few blocks away, passed out on the sidewalk. We got word from the hospital that he was on a mixture of prescription pills and alcohol when he crashed the car. He was arrested on a number of charges including criminal endangerment, driving under the influence, and later, when one of the people he hit died, vehicular manslaughter.
We referred the surviving injury victims to a couple of highly recommended injury lawyers in the city with Justice for Colorado in the hopes that they could help these people with a civil claim against our soon-to-be former employee.
Our goal has been to clean up our image and get high-quality staff into these warehouses so we can be as successful as possible. Meaning, we needed to make an example of this employee. We don’t condone this type of behavior here, and if we can help the people he injured as part of this, then so be it.
If you can believe it, we actually have not yet implemented a criminal background check system for hiring new employees. My uncle always would put in the employment ads that a full criminal background check would be done, but then would never go through with the test to save money. I’ve been told by a couple of employees that this has driven even more criminals to apply here, as word had gotten out that those with criminal records could get a job here.
That’s all about to change, though. Next week, we have every single warehouse we own going through and completing background checks and other hiring documents for accuracy. Those with criminal records are going to be terminated and we’ll begin hiring higher-quality employees.