A Wal-Mart worker was fired for helping a woman in trouble at a store in Michigan. On Oct. 18, ABC News reported that Kristopher Oswald was fired for violating the store's policy when he tried to help a woman who had been assaulted. Oswald was on his break around 2:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.
Oswald says that he saw a man grab a woman in the parking lot so he approached her and asked if she needed help with the situation. The man ended up attacking Oswald, punching him, and telling him that he was going to kill him. Oswald managed to jump on top of the man but then was attacked by two other men. The fight stopped when police arrived on the scene.
The Wal-Mart worker was fired after the incident which probably came as a surprise... even though he knew the rules of his job. "Wal-Mart has policies against workplace violence to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or tackling a shoplifter, but that it appears that nothing allows for them to assist in situations of imminent danger and self-defense," ABC News reported.
Oswald made the decision to help a woman in need and he says the last thing that he expected was to lose his job. He thought he was doing the right thing -- but Wal-Mart would have preferred him not get involved at all.
Was the Wal-Mart worker wrongly fired? Should Wal-Mart have made an exception?
© Effie Orfanides 2013