Being a "Good Samaritan" isn't something that always ends up working out well in the end. A fired Walmart worker is now saying he was let go after helping out an assault victim. WXYZ reported on Oct. 18, 2013, that a young Walmart employee was fired after he attempted to help a woman that was being attacked in the southeastern Michigan store's parking lot.
Kristopher Oswald said that he was given paperwork by the retail giant that advised him of his termination from the company. Walmart said that he was let go for policy violations.
While on break around 2:30 a.m. this past Sunday, Oswald said he said a man grabbing a woman. As he asked the woman if she was in need of help, the man started attacking him. Oswald says he was able to get on top of the man but then two other men began fighting him.
At this point, Livingston County sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and stopped the fight.
Oswald has just started working for Walmart about seven weeks ago and wasn't considered a permanent employee because he was still in his 180-day probation period. After word of the fight got out, Oswald was given his walking papers which stated:
"...after a violation of company policy on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment".
Walmart has policies against workplace violence for certain situations. It does not appear as if there is any wording that allows employees to help in situations of danger or self-defense.
Oswald does not regret his actions and said that if it happened again, "I will always do the right thing."