A Tesco security manager has been awarded €18,000 after he was sacked for taking a toy from a store - "to see if it was suitable for his child" - without permission.
In the case, Alan McNally returned the toy to the store the next day but was sacked for breaching company policy for the unauthorised taking of an item.
Tesco found Mr McNally had breached the company's staff purchase and honesty policy.
Mr McNally sued for unfair dismissal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal has now ordered Tesco Ireland Ltd to pay Mr McNally €18,000 after finding he was unfairly dismissed.
Mr McNally and a junior colleague 'MK' had left Tesco-owned VTech toys in their office so that they could buy them in the future.
In April 2014, MK saw that there was only one VTech toy in the office and viewed CCTV footage which showed Mr McNally taking the other toy from the store. MK then discussed the matter with the local personnel manager.
Mr McNally was suspended pending an investigation into the incident. The store manager stated that Mr McNally's actions meant that all trust in him was gone and the decision was made to dismiss.
In its determination after a four-day hearing, the tribunal stated it was satisfied Mr McNally took an item of stock from Tesco's premises without authorisation and without having paid for it.
The tribunal stated it was also satisfied that he brought it back to the premises on the next day that he was working.