HONOLULU, Hawaii (KABC) — A woman working security at a Best Buy in Hawaii is getting attention – and a new job offer – after a video went viral of her blocking and tackling a shoplifter.
Feeling fed up, she decided to take action.
Her heroic action is now opening doors that could lead to a new career.
“That was my first instinct was to just stop him. He’s not going anywhere. He’s not about to do this again. I’m not about to let it happen, especially not on my watch,” said Tapasa.
Summer Tapasa was on her shift as an asset protection worker when she saw the man trying to dash out the door with a pricey portable speaker.
Tapas says she saw the man shoplift another speaker from the store a few days earlier, but he got away.
Despite company policy not to engage physically with shoplifters, Tapasa blocked the man from leaving. The video shows her several times standing in his way and performing a football-style block, at one point wrestling him to the ground as he tried to run out past her with the speaker.
Other people intervened and the would-be thief left empty-handed.
Tapasa followed him outside to tell him not to return.
A Best Buy employee may have a new career in professional sports after she was seen on video stopping a thief trying to steal from her store in Hawaii.
AIEA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Some praised her. Others criticized her. But now, an Oahu woman is an internet sensation after a surveillance camera clip that went viral.
He eventually crashed through a nearby barrier and another employee tried to help.
She said she is talking to a team from the Women’s Football League Association, which plans to debut in 2021.
“I could hear my manager in the back of me saying, ‘Let him go, Summer. It’s okay, let him go. Let him go,'” recalled Tapasa. “They would rather let an item go than us risking our lives, and I totally understand that. I appreciate that.”
Summer Tapasa was working at Best Buy during the holiday season when she stopped a man who was allegedly trying to steal from the Aiea store.
She said she saw him shoplift a pricey portable speaker from the store a few days earlier, but he got away.
“My first instinct was to just stop him. He’s not going anywhere. He’s not about to do this again. I’m not about to let it happen, especially not on my watch,” said Tapasa.
After a brief scuffle, he left empty-handed and Tapasa followed him outside.
Tapasa said the man apologized outside and tried to fist bump her, but she told him to leave and never come back.
The video has even led to a potentially life-changing offer.