If you’re going to get physically abused in a Walmart parking lot, then you are shit out of luck! The company fired employee Kristopher Oswald, 30, after he intervened when he saw a man “grabbing” a woman outside their Hartland Township, Michigan store on Sunday morning.
Oswald was stocking pet food on Sunday night during an overnight shift. Around 2:30 a.m, he was sitting in his car on a break when he saw a “belligerent” man attacking a “defenseless” woman nearby. Oswald saw the man on the hood of the woman’s car, with her yelling at him to get off; Oswald then asked the woman if she needed help and the man began to attack him, hitting him in the head and threatening to kill him. Then two of the guys’ friends jumped him from behind. The fight was stopped only when police showed up.
Walmart eventually fired Oswald for violating company policy by intervening in the incident because he was engaging in workplace violence. He had only worked for the company for seven weeks and is shocked that they fired him over this incident.
What a horrible, irresponsible example to set for your employees. This wasn’t workplace violence; Oswald wasn’t hitting a coworker or even someone he knew. He was a good Samaritan, defending someone being victimized in what I assume was an incident of domestic violence. More bystanders need to intervene in situations like these, not less. It’s scary that this is the world we live in: we’re all so concerned with lawsuits and bad press that we cover our own asses at the expense of other people’s health and safety.
Local news station WXYZ asked Oswald if regretted intervening. ”I’m always going to act the right way and do the right thing,” he said.
Another reason not to shop at Walmart.
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[Image via WXYZ]