Walmart has had a change of heart regarding the firing of Kristopher Oswald - one of its Michigan workers - who claims he was fired for trying to help a woman who was being assaulted in the store’s parking lot in Hartland Township – after public opinion came in loud and clear in favor of the worker, according to a Fox News report on Saturday.
The spokesperson for Walmart said a message has been left for Oswald to welcome him back to the store located in Detroit, Michigan. After being fired in the manner he was, he has said that he wasn’t quite sure whether or not he would return to Walmart if they were to ask him to return to his job.
The unfortunate firing occurred after Oswald was on his break at approximately2:30 a.m. on Sunday when he saw a teenager assaulting a woman. At that point, Oswald asked the woman if she needed assistance. He said that when he heard the woman scream for help, he got out of his car and approached the situation with the intent of calling the police. After approaching, the teenage assailant lunged at Oswald and hit him several times while two other friends of the assailants jumped on top of Oswald.
Sheriff’s Deputies of Livingston County showed up and stopped the fight. Dillon Tierney, a 17-year-old, was charged with the drunk driving as well as assault. The two friends, for some unknown reason, were released without charges.
Oswald, a 30-year-old employee of Walmart for just 7 weeks, says his dismissal papers assert that he violated company policy. He said Walmart has policies in place against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter, but he said that it appears that nothing allows them to assist in situations of imminent danger and self defense.
Initially, Walmart claimed that they understood Oswald’s intentions via his actions, but those actions violated the policies in place at the company.
In spite of what Walmart’s policies state, Oswald said that the last thing he expected from the incident was to be fired.