He Was Fired Over Returning $350…Too Slowly. WHAT?! How could This Happen?

Yes, you read that right. The retail giant is making some questionable actions against employees, and people are starting to notice. Wal-Mart is gaining more and more of the spotlight when it comes to how it treats its workers, and this story just seems like the icing on the cake.

This is Michael Walsh was a maintenance worker at Wal-Mart in New York. He had worked for many different Wal-Mart locations in the past 18 years and had always been a loyal employee. He did his job well and he enjoyed his job. He didn’t think it was right to ever be late to the job, even if the job was just cleaning up in the bathrooms, clearing out garbage, and fetching carts from the parking lot.


The point is that he loved his job and never thought about having to get a new one. He’d been with the company for nearly 20 years now. If that didn’t scream “job security,” what could?

One day, he found $350 worth of cash in the parking lot while he was bringing carts in from the parking lot. When he came inside to turn the money in to his manager, he saw that a woman was already talking with the manager. She was screaming about losing her money. The confrontation was loud enough to trigger Walsh’s anxiety. He did the only thing he could think of: he finished putting the carts away and waited to calm down before approaching his manager to turn in the cash. His manager said nothing, but took the money from Walsh.

Two days later, he was called into the office and showed the security footage regarding the cash found in the parking lot. The 30 minutes between when he found the money and when he had calmed down enough to return it was enough for the company to terminate his employment doe to “gross misconduct.”

Wal-Mart had not spoken to him about company policy regarding items found in the parking lot, and he had been working there for 18 years. They didn’t give him a chance to explain and revoked his 10% discount.

Walsh was most upset to miss out on the lifetime discount that would have been awarded to him after 20 years of loyalty.

What do you think about the companies actions? A lot of people are suspecting that the corporate giant was just looking for any excuse to get out of paying Walsh any form of retirement or discounts before he had been with the company for a solid 20 years. Some say that Walsh should have been confronted before 2 days had passed, and some say that the corporation was justified in its decision.

What do you think of this event?

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