Walmart Employee Fired After Trying To Stop A Shoplifter

Here’s a sad story from Wichita, KS: A Walmart customer service manager noticed a man walking out of the store with a computer. She stopped him to ask for his receipt after the alarm went off and got punched and kicked for her trouble. After that, she got fired.

From Kansas.com:

The next day, about two hours before her shift was over, [the woman] says an assistant manager asked to speak with her. He then told her it’s against Wal-Mart policy for anyone but a manager or someone in asset protection to try and stop a customer from stealing.

“He said there’s really no gray area,” [the woman] says. “It just goes straight to termination.”

She was told to turn in her badges and keys.

“I was in shock at first,” [the woman] says. “I didn’t think anything like this would happen.”

Nor did she know about the policy, [the woman] says.

“I’ve never heard of it.”

Walmart says they’re sorry but policy is policy.

“While we appreciate her intentions, [the employee’s] actions put her safety — and perhaps the safety of our customers — in jeopardy and, in the process, violated company policy as it pertains to how we treat people in our stores. As an unfortunate result of these circumstances, [she] is no longer employed by our company.”

She told the Wichita Eagle that she would be filing for unemployment and looking for another job — hopefully not in retail.

Wal-Mart employee foils a shoplifter — and loses her job [Kansas]