Walmart Worker Fired For Helping Woman Fight Off Attacker in Parking Lot

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A former Walmart worker says the retail giant fired him for trying to help a woman from being attacked in the parking lot of a southeastern Michigan store.

Kristopher Oswald, 30, tells WXYZ-TV that the Hartland Township store managers gave him papers saying they were dismissing him for "policy violations."

Oswald says he was on break at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He saw a man grabbing a woman and asked her if she needed help. The man began attacking him.

According to Oswald, he was able to get on top of the man, but two other men started attacking him. County sheriff's deputies arrived to halt the fight.

A spokeswoman for Bentonville, Ark. corporation said that while the management team understood Oswald's intentions, his actions violated company policy.

Walmart's reasoning on the papers states that "after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment."

Oswald only began working for Walmart seven weeks ago and wouldn't have been considered a permanent hire until a 180-day probation period ended.

Oswald acknowledges that Walmart has policies against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter.

Yet he believes that given the circumstances - imminent danger and self-defense - he had no choice, and added, "I will always do the right thing."

When asked if he would take his job at Walmart back if it were offered to him, Oswald sighed, hesitated and then said that he wasn't sure about that.

UPDATE: After the story went viral, Walmart offered him his job back. A spokesperson said after reviewing the facts, Oswald's actions do not warrant termination.

No word if he intends to return to work.

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yet you stupid fucking sheep still give Walmart your money. there are plenty of other places to shop. you keep supporting these fuck monkeys so
dont complain when they treat their employees like slaves.

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Thats why only ugly chicks shop at walmart!

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To me, that Oswald dude is a HERO!!!!! HOLLA!!!!! It sucks that Wal-Mart fired him. But, I'm not surprised...I mean Wal-Mart treats their employees like SHIT!!!!! Long-ass hours, lousy-ass pay, little to NO fringe benefits, begging and pleading for time off, begging and pleading for vacation time, etc.. THE ABSOLUTE PITS!!!!!

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THE LAST THING U NEED IS A WALMART WORKER "HELPING" U ... THERE , OF COURSE , HAVE TO BE STRICT CONTROLS PROGRAMED INTO WORKERS IN WALMART !!! WHY ??? FIRSTLY , WALMART WORKERS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS RETARDED ...... BIRTH DEFECTIVE .... MIXED RACE ..... SUBHUMAN ..... AND /OR ON THE EDGE OF DARKNESS .... !!!! NOW , U'D HAVE TO BE OR U WOULD'NT FUCKING WORK AT WALMART !!!! DUHHHH .... IT'S ONE OF THE " EXCEPTIONALISMS " OF AMERICA !!! LIKE MORE PEOPLE IN PRISON THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED ... MOST LIKELY , THE " ATTACKER " WAS SHIELDING THE WOMAN FROM THE LEG-DRAGGING , MOUTH AGAPE , ( LIKE IN THE OPENING SCENE IN THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ) APPROACHING WALMART WORKER !!!! U DON'T WANT TO SEE A WALMET WORKER COMING TOWARD U ... SHOUTING : " I'M A COMIN" !!!!!

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Next time if he sees a company executive or his wife attacked,he should continue to eat his sandwich and read the newspaper

Repeter

Screw Walmart & Target & all the big box retailers. I hope a reputable company offers this hero a job, they would be blessed to have such a decent man on their team.

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he studied the whole scene with his frien: SO IT WAS A SET UP!!

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And policies are what this country is made of in today's world. Walmarts type of corrective action is why you hear of rape, murder or beatings in which people walk on by. There is no acceptance in today's world for good Samaritans coming to the rescue because of a possible lawsuit filed against Walmart and other companies.. People don't want to give CPR for fear of being sued if something goes wrong. The evidence is everywhere- George Zimmerman a volunteer security watchman is another. This country has a way of turning on the very people trying to help and all in the name of company policy and if someone had died and this employee had walked on by then he would be charged or crucified for being negligent by not stopping and aiding. This is the world we have created.

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@ The Voice

This world is fucked up royally. That gentleman deserves a far better job as well as a medal for his bravery.

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@ Tigerlily

Yes it is & it's taken many years to get this way. The Government wants religion out of your life. The corporations set policies to prevent any instinctive reaction as to what is right and wrong. It's like they take disciplinary action against cursing and then slap you until you get mad and curse. Political correctness is suicide and in every corner of society, it's blatantly obvious that you have no rights. Everyone has their beef but if I hear that Tea Party members are RACIST one more time, I will feel proud to be a racist. The brainwashing provided by corporations and government is a ticking time bomb, it feeds hate and they know it. Bait & switch or diversion tactic and the sheep take the bait.