(CN) – A Pepsi salesman says a discount store got him fired by claiming he had drunk a can of Red Bull without paying for it 2 years ago.
Gary Delgaudio sued Marc’s Discount Stores in Cuyahoga County Court, Cleveland, alleging tortious interference.
Delgaudio, formerly a Pepsi “merchandiser,” claims he was shopping at Marc’s in 2007 when a security guard accused him of drinking a Red Bull without paying for it. The guard didn’t call the police, but the store made Delgaudio sign an “admission of theft statement” barring him from the store for life, the complaint states.
Two years later, Delgaudio was delivering Pepsi products to a different Marc’s Discount Store, when an employee recognized him. The employee sent the admission of theft statement to Pepsi, which fired him, according to the complaint.
Delgaudio wants at least $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He is represented by Joseph Burke of Westlake, Ohio.