This corporate security case takes place in Arizona and involves the former employee of a rent-to-own retailer who used one of the company’s uniforms to misrepresent their identity and gain access to a home, where they committed an assault and robbery against the plaintiff.
The plaintiff in this case was a customer of the rent-to-own retailer and was renting a number of kitchen appliances from them at the time, including a stove, a refrigerator and a microwave. As a function of the company’s service and as part of the rental agreement, the rent-to-own retailer would send uniformed service personnel into the home to service and repair the rented appliances when needed. In this case, they hired an employee to a position as a service person, including a uniform and later found out about several troubling problems regarding his character. He was being garnished for back child support, he was being treated for depression, and he was using illegal drugs while at work. He was even suspected of having robbed another branch of the same rent-to-own retail company. Though he was fired, a week later he donned the company’s uniform and entered the plaintiff’s home, where he proceeded to beat her into coma and rob her.