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Old 10-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #15
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The topic of the thread is;

Walmart has non violent policy too..

There have been numerous replies in this thread that are not related to the topic as posted. As has been the case in other Walmart threads the replies start getting all over the place in short order.

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:27 PM   #16
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Many retail stores have this type of policy.
Some will not physically restrain a shoplifter.
They are worried about lawsuits.

On the flip-side, many shopping malls have
successfully been sued for NOT providing a
safe environment for shoppers, including the
parking lots.

Courts, especially in Calf. have ruled that there
is a reasonable expectation of safety by the customer.
Yes, more so than a city street.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:03 PM   #17
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My first job was in the shoe dept at Thrift City in Phx. I literally saw shoes walk right out of the building. If they had a policy, I don't remember it being shown to me.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:53 AM   #18
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An update
Walmart worker has been offered his job back.
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“While Mr. Oswald broke a policy of ours — a policy put in place to protect our associates and our customers … we realize Mr. Oswald’s intentions were good.”
Wal-Mart returns job to worker who stopped attack | The Detroit News
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:32 AM   #19
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My bet is that the job offer has less to do with Walmart realizing he did the right thing and a whole lot more with Walmart realizing they were getting a lot of bad press.
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I would give them the benefit of the doubt and believe they looked at the facts and came to the right conclusion, deciding it would be more beneficial in the long term.
Walmart seems to be constantly bombarded by bad press from the media and labor unions...it has not significantly changed their policies.
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My bet is that the job offer has less to do with Walmart realizing he did the right thing and a whole lot more with Walmart realizing they were getting a lot of bad press.
X2 absolutely on that.

And its not just bad press. That equals employes having to take time to explain these moves.
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Walmart as well as many other big company's do what there lawyers, accountants & there liability insurance tells them . The bottom line is money. Your safety, or the employees safety isn't a priority, the priority is to make money, that's it.
I don't know what I would do the next time I saw something but I know what I did do when I saw a man beating a woman in the parking lot where I worked. I grabbed a 12 inch adjustable wrench and ran out of the store headed for the jerk. Just as I was about 10 feet away a cop drove across the the curb and side walk and he jumped out of his patrol car and grabbed the jerk. At which point I said to the jerk " Your lucky, he's got rules to follow, I don't"
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:50 PM   #23
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Can you imagine how many employees will watch shoplifters take items and watch them go out the door and not report the theft? No involvement seems to be the better of a bad deal?
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The world we live in today has changed for sure and in many instances not for the better. This young man was obviously raised in a manner in which his parents I am sure are proud.
When I read an article in which the result such as his being fired makes no sense what so ever I only think, to bad it had not been Wal Marts CEO wife being assaulted !
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While not always great, policy is policy. This one employee may have been able to handle the situation with out harm to themselves, but if not handled with discipline the act will appear to other employees as being acceptable. More so a rule was in place and not enforced. What happens now when a different rule is broke and someone gets disciplined, now it is selective and possibly discriminatory depending on a lawyers take. What if, the very same situation were to arise with a different employee and they end up getting harmed, serious injury or possibly worse but this policy is not in place. Now the injured employee may claim that they felt compelled to act as they are an employee and saw the need to act, therefore leading to their injury. I am not saying that I like the way these things play out many times, but I do understand that our world has changed and some things that used to be common sense are now more complex than needed to be.
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Was this a paid break or on his own time. Not sure if that would make a difference or not.
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Walmart gives paid breaks? Hmm!
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Walmart gives paid breaks? Hmm!
They do up here in Canada. I see workers outside our local Walmart everyday on smoke breaks.
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