Being fired from a job after trying to help someone from a serious attack is the last thing most of us would expect to happen. However, this is exactly what happened to Walmart employee Kristopher Oswald recently.
On Oct. 13, 30-year-old Oswald was working the night shift at his Walmart job in Hartland Township, Mich. and happened to be in his car on break. Around 2:30 a.m., he heard a girl screaming and saw a man grabbing her.
“It was a tiny, little blonde girl who got out and tried to force this person off of her vehicle, and she’s screaming and he jumped off the car, grabbed her by the arms and forced her against the car,” Oswald explained.
According to CBS News, he claimed that when he asked the girl if she needed help, the man started to attack him. Although he was able to get on top of the man, two other men came from behind and jumped him. Eventually, the Livingston County sheriff’s deputies broke up the fight.
Last Tuesday, Oswald’s two managers called him into a meeting. They told him they were proud of what he had done, but he was also going to have to be fired.
They gave him paperwork explaining the reason as to why he was fired, which stated, “After a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment.”
According to USA Today, a Walmart spokeswoman had explained that company policies are designed for the safety of everyone including employees and shoppers. She didn’t know of any immediate plans to revisit them, but said all such incidents are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
This entire situation is certainly not fair considering Oswald’s good intentions toward trying to help a lady facing danger. He even stated that if he was in the situation again, he would repeat his actions. It does not seem right to fire an employee for doing this good deed; however, Walmart has had a history of mistreating its employees.
According to an article on Forbes.com, Costco saw an 8 percent growth in year-on-year sales while Walmart only saw a 1.2 percent growth in sales in the past year. The main reason for this is the fact that Costco pays its employees a decent amount of money, enabling them to live a more comfortable life, unlike Walmart who barely pays its employees minimum wage.
Without motivation and pride in the workplace, Walmart employees have stopped trying or caring to do well. Along with this, Walmart has continuously been firing employees, which has resulted in problems with keeping the stores in control. For the past six years, Walmart has placed last in the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
If Walmart really wants to succeed, the company needs to start treating its employees with respect and fairness. In order for the business to thrive, it is essential to do this and not fire employees for no good reason such as it did with Oswald.