Walmart fires clerk for trying to stop assault
A lady was being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, a clerk on break helps to protect her, and gets fired, since company policy is "let it happen."
The moral issue is, I think, clear, and the legal one may be so. Torts 101 is: no one is liable for failure to rescue another, but a person is liable if they impede someone who is trying to rescue another. The Walmart policy appears to create corporate liability anytime an employee follows it.
As a former Walmart employee who is very familiar with their polices, i can tell you that walmart is lying about the policy. When you are not on the clock, only a very few policies affect you, and of those all but one involve you being in the store, the one is the no firearms policy which extends to the parking area. Otherwise you are just like every other person in the parking lot.
Posted by: Joel Stoner at October 18, 2013 10:03 PM
According to Fox news, Walmart has offered the man his job back. Perhaps they might think that they acted without thinking.
Posted by: Roger at October 19, 2013 10:09 AM
What is happening to the morality in this country? We are living in a selfish, CYA country where is all about yourself and covering your own ass. We can’t protect ourselves or those around us. This is not what the framers of this great country envisioned.
Posted by: Liberty at October 19, 2013 12:42 PM
Certainly the moral issue is clear, as Dave Hardy stated. Upon seeing an assault, one wants to make the personal choice to help. However, there is good reason behind the position of not intervening. As LEOs know all too well, domestics are murky at best. It's part of the moral code that you should make sure you are helping the truly wronged party. It is not always as clear as you would like to think!
Posted by: Replying to Liberty at October 22, 2013 08:58 AM
I would jump at the chance to sue Wal-Mart.
Posted by: Jeff at October 23, 2013 07:05 PM
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