October 18th, 2013
Wal-Mart fires good samaritan employee on probation
From Hartland, Michigan (pop. 14,000+) comes the story of another stupid management decision by Wal-Mart. Remember when Wal-Mart was guilty of locking in their overnight staff who stock the shelves? Well, it seems, they can take breaks outside. Around 2:30 am, probationary employee and stocker, Kristopher Oswald, took his break in his car. In the Wal-Mart parking lot, he heard a woman scream. She was in her car and a man was draped on her hood.
Oswald, being the small-town good guy we romanticize about in America (good old fashioned values, etc.), fearlessly approached the man who turned on him, threatening to “kill him.” Two other guys jumped Oswald. Police arrived in time to save him and the woman.
A week later, Wal-Mart terminated Oswald. The excuse? Seems he, Oswald, violated the company’s violence policy during that lunch break rescuing a woman under assault.
The 7-month employee needs work. Watch him tell his story on WXYZ-ABC-7. Cowardly Wal-Mart did not tell their side to the TV news, probably because that side is indefensible. Here’s the store number to contact the manager: (810) 632-0039.
You might want to contact the global head of HR (oops, the “People Division) M. Susan Chambers in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Also Wal-Mart has a euphemistically labeled “Ethics Office” gloating about their morally superior conduct. Guess altruism is not ethical at Wal-Mart.
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