Another example of why Walmart executives are heartless robots and the Walmart family are the evil aliens that created them.
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From Progressive Populist:
What has this country come to when a store employee cannot even help someone without a serious risk of being fired? Or, as we reported a few days ago, going after a shoplifter and getting fired, as a Lowe’s employee found out.
Kristopher Oswald, a 30-year-old employee of a Walmart in Michigan, found out the hard way that helping a female who was being assaulted by a male in the parking lot that trying to do the right thing is not always the right thing to do – if you want to keep your job, that is.
Oswald was working the overnight shift and was sitting in his car taking a meal break when he heard a ruckus elsewhere in the parking lot. He got out and walked towards the ruckus to see what was going on, and got attacked by the male who had been harassing and assaulting the female. The man punched Oswald in the head while yelling “I’m going to kill you”. Oswald was able to get on top of and restrain the man, but two other males came from behind and jumped him.
The cops showed up after that and broke it up. Our sources do not say who, if anyone, was arrested over the incident.
Oswald then found out that he had been fired by Walmart. He had worked there just 7 weeks and would have been a permanent employee after a 180-day probation period.
When asked if he would respond the same way again, he replied, “I will always do the right thing.”
Oswald says Walmart has policies against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter, but it would appear that nothing allows for them to assist in situations of imminent danger and self-defense.
We understand that these big box retailers are overly cautious about liability and potential lawsuits being filed against them, and they have strict company guidelines to follow as a result, but if Oswald was on an unpaid lunch break, is the company still liable for his actions? And what if the assailant had been in the process of killing the women who was victimized in this situation? Is Oswald supposed to stand there and watch, thinking that he’d get fired if he tried to intervene? How would he have lived with himself had that happened?
Is our society so litigant happy that employees can’t step into these kinds of situations out of fear of losing their jobs?