In October 2013 while on his lunch break in a Walmart parking lot in Hartland, Michigan, Walmart employee Kristopher Oswald, age 30, heard a woman screaming. He then looked and saw a man on the hood of the woman’s car. Mr. Oswald said that when he went over to investigate the situation, the man punched him in the head and yelled, “I’m going to kill you.” Mr. Oswald then said that he managed to get on top of the man but that two other men pulled him off the first man. Livingston County Sheriff deputies quickly arrived and took over. They arrested Dillon Tierney, age 17, and charged him with assault and drunk driving, according to Fox News. They questioned the two males with Mr. Tierney and released them. Walmart fired Mr. Oswald. The termination papers stated that “after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment.” Mr. Oswald said, “I don’t even know what to put on an application about all of this. How do I say this ended?” When WXYZ (Detroit, Michigan) asked if he would still assist the woman if he knew that he would be fired, he said, “I will always do the right thing.” Mr. Oswald went to the media to explain what had happened, and Walmart offered him his job back. He also received job offers from other businesses.
For Further Information: Kimberly Craig, “Walmart employee fired after trying to help assault victim in store parking lot.” WXYZ (Detroit, Michigan). 17 October 2013
For Further Information: Kimberly Craig, “Walmart employee offered job back after being fired for helping assault victim in store parking lot.” WXYZ (Detroit, Michigan). 18 October 2013
For Further Information: “Walmart offers job back to worker fired after helping assault victim.” Fox News. 19 October 2013
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