Walmart handed 30-year-old Kristopher Oswald his walking papers this week, for violating company policy when he helped a woman being attacked by men in the store parking lot. The Walmart worker fired was still in his 180-day probationary period, having only worked at the Hartland Township, Mich., store for seven weeks.
A spokeswoman for retail giant Walmart said Thursday that while the company empathized with Oswald's good intentions, his actions nonetheless violated company policy, according to USA Today on Oct. 17.
Kristopher Oswald was sitting in his car while on his lunch break during the overnight shift at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He heard a woman screaming and saw a man straddling the hood of her car.
At first he though they might just be horsing around, but when he went to ask the woman if she was alright, the man turned on him and attacked him.
Oswald was able to get control of the man, but was then attacked from behind by two other men. Livingston County Sheriff deputies arrived on the scene quickly and quelled the situation.
But Kristopher told Action News 7 he never expected what came next. The retailer fired him for policy violations.
Walmart has policies against workplace violence in place in order to prevent employees from assaulting co-workers or even tackling a shoplifter.
However, it seems that policy doesn't allow for them to assist in situations of imminent danger or self-defense.
Now that he's out of a job, Oswald says, "I don't even know what to put on an application about all of this. How do I say this ended?"
When asked by reporters whether he would do it all over again, Oswald replied, "I will always do the right thing".
Seems to point up the adage, "No good deed goes unpunished". Hopefully another company will recognize the injustice and offer the man a job.