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Man fired for aiding woman rejects Walmart offer to hire him back

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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(Reuters) - A Michigan man rejected an offer from Walmart Stores to rehire him after he was fired for helping a woman who was being attacked in the store parking lot during his meal break.

Kristopher Oswald, 30, who worked nights stocking shelves at a Walmart store in Hartland Township, located northwest of Detroit, said on Friday that he does not feel safe going back to work.

"I believe my job was only offered to me because of the negative publicity they received," Oswald said. "There is no way I can expect to walk in as if I was a new hire and everything would be OK."

A spokeswoman for Walmart said the company has a strict policy against retaliation and offered to accommodate Oswald with safety measures such as an escort to and from his vehicle into the store.

"His position is still open to him now if he wants to come back to the store. We'd welcome him back," company spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said.

She also said the company offered to reimburse Oswald for lost wages.

Walmart initially said Oswald's firing resulted from his violation of company policy that requires employees to alert store management and call police instead of intervening in dangerous situations.

Publicity about the firing prompted Walmart's corporate office to review the parking lot security footage and police report, Buchanan said. Oswald, a temporary employee who had worked seven weeks for the company prior to the incident, was offered his job back.

"Everyone makes mistakes and so do companies," Buchanan said.

Oswald was sitting in his car around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, eating a sandwich, when he heard a woman scream, he said. A man was sprawled on the hood of the woman's car. When she tried to pry him off her vehicle, he attacked her.

Oswald said he confronted the man, who then began punching him in the head and threatening to kill him. He was able to subdue the man, but then two other men jumped him from behind.

Local authorities arrived on the scene and quickly broke up the fight.

Oswald said he is seeking therapy to work through the trauma of the attack.

"I'm being haunted by this incident because I'm not a violent person," Oswald said. "All I did was what anyone should have done in that situation."


http://news.yahoo.com/man-fired-aiding-woman-rejects-wal-mart-offer-234535475--finance.html
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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gludwig2000
by Gina on Oct. 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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 I don't blame him, I wouldn't take the job back either. Walmart has proven by their actions that they do not give their employees any regard by firing him in the first place. If he hadn't intervened, had gone to get help as suggested, how badly could the woman have been hurt? Instead, without thinking, he tried to get her out of a bad situation and not only was attacked for it, but then fired? Nope, I wouldn't go back, but then, I wouldn't work at Walmart either, so..................

imagirlgeek
by Bronze Member on Oct. 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I can actually see both sides of this.  I think we are creating these situations for ourselves by being so overly litigious in this country.  Right now, if an employee were to get hurt while on the clock, they can sue the company for damages.  So companies end up putting these ridiculous policies in place to protect themselves.  On the other hand, what kind of person would just stand by and watch someone else get attacked without intervening?  

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I don't blame him, I wouldn't take the job back either. Walmart has proven by their actions that they do not give their employees any regard by firing him in the first place. If he hadn't intervened, had gone to get help as suggested, how badly could the woman have been hurt? Instead, without thinking, he tried to get her out of a bad situation and not only was attacked for it, but then fired? Nope, I wouldn't go back, but then, I wouldn't work at Walmart either, so..................


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KhloesMom2009
by on Oct. 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I understand his dilemma. I completely believe he should be fearful. It was dumb for him to be fired in the first place. People/companies and their gee-dee policies that leave o wiggle room for doing the right thing make for awkward endings.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Oct. 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM
True, but I don't think that they should have fired him, Can you imagine the law suit if she had been seriously hurt, kidnapped or murdered and they found out that an employee was witness? It is a kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't situation, but I'm glad that he decided to see to the womans protection first and he should have been commended for it. Like I said, I would not accept their offer of reemployment.
Quoting imagirlgeek:

I can actually see both sides of this.  I think we are creating these situations for ourselves by being so overly litigious in this country.  Right now, if an employee were to get hurt while on the clock, they can sue the company for damages.  So companies end up putting these ridiculous policies in place to protect themselves.  On the other hand, what kind of person would just stand by and watch someone else get attacked without intervening?  

Quoting gludwig2000:

 I don't blame him, I wouldn't take the job back either. Walmart has proven by their actions that they do not give their employees any regard by firing him in the first place. If he hadn't intervened, had gone to get help as suggested, how badly could the woman have been hurt? Instead, without thinking, he tried to get her out of a bad situation and not only was attacked for it, but then fired? Nope, I wouldn't go back, but then, I wouldn't work at Walmart either, so..................


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