The Walmart worker who helped a woman being attacked in the store’s parking lot just to get fired for not following procedure, is offered back his job. It seems as if Walmart, who originally stood by their decision with a public statement to fire this man, has had a change of heart, according to Fox News on Oct. 19.
Walmart has “left messages” for 30-year-old Kristopher Oswald to “welcome him back” to the Walmart store he was fired from, which is in Hartland Township, just outside of Detroit. Oswald had said earlier this week that he didn’t know if he’d go back to Walmart after the way he was treated if he were asked.
This incident stems from last Sunday when Oswald, who was gainfully employed with Walmart at the time, went on his break at 2:30 a.m. while working the graveyard shift. He saw a teenager assaulting a woman and he asked her if she needed help.
He then heard the woman scream for help and he got out of his vehicle to approach the woman, with the teen still assaulting her and the teen turned and lunged at him. He only intended to have the teen over hear him calling the police, but he was then attacked. Then two friends who were with the teen jumped on him.
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies arrived in time to stop the fight from any serious harm. They arrested 17-year-old Dillon Tierney. He was charged with drunk driving and assault. His friends were released after being questioned.
Oswald, who had been with Walmart just seven weeks, was handed dismissal papers saying that he violated company policy. The policy is against workplace violence including tackling a shoplifter or violence among co-workers, but this was different.
Oswald said he’d do it all over again. He would never not help someone in distress, as the woman in the parking lot appeared to be. Walmart released a statement earlier this week saying that while they understood Oswald’s intentions, he still violated company policy.
This made headlines and needless to say many were up in arms over this. Oswald said that the last thing he expected for helping a fellow human being in trouble was losing his job.
Now it seems all the publicity around this case might have prompted Walmart into changing their tune. They are now actively pursuing Oswald to come back to work for them. Will he do it? Does he want to work for a company that would fire someone who was just trying to help a woman who was being attacked?