Walmart Says ‘Yes’ to Deadbeats But ‘No’ to Good Samaritans

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Walmart punishes a man in Michigan for trying to help a woman in distress but lets deadbeats in Louisiana steal goods with food stamp cards they know are not valid. I guess this is the kind of publicity Walmart wants.

Walmart policy doesn’t allow employees to act as Good Samaritans while on duty, even on their lunch breaks apparently. If a worker does, s/he will be fired, at least that is according to one employee.

Walmart recently allowed opportunists who accidentally had no limit on their food stamp cards to buy more than the allotted amount to the point of their emptying out two Walmarts. They were walking off with big screen TV’s on the taxpayer dime. Walmart has a policy of limiting the cards to $50 when an obvious error – in this case a computer glitch – has occurred. They didn’t follow the policy but they did follow their policy in the case of a man helping a person in trouble.

A Good Samaritan, Kristopher Oswald, age 30, who helped a woman being bullied in a parking lot was attacked himself and then later fired.

He was a probationary employee at Walmart and received a termination notice which said, “after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment,” according to WXYZ in Hartland, Michigan.

Fired Walmart Worker Photo of Mr. Oswald being interviewed by WXYZ

Oswald says Walmart has policies against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter, but that nothing allows for workers to assist in situations of imminent danger and self-defense.

WXYZ asked Oswald if he would do it all over again, he replied, “I will always do the right thing.”

No response from Walmart yet.

What ever happened to common sense?

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