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Man Fired for Aiding Woman Rejects Wal-Mart Offer to Hire Him Back

A Michigan man rejected an offer from Wal-Mart Stores Inc to rehire him after he was fired for helping a woman who was being attacked in the store parking lot during his meal break.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/...?smid=pl-share

Man Fired for Aiding Woman Rejects Wal-Mart Offer to Hire Him Back
By REUTERS
Published: October 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM ET

¶ (Reuters) - A Michigan man rejected an offer from Wal-Mart Stores Inc to rehire him after he was fired for helping a woman who was being attacked in the store parking lot during his meal break.

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¶ Kristopher Oswald, 30, who worked nights stocking shelves at a Wal-Mart store in Hartland Township, located northwest of Detroit, said on Friday that he does not feel safe going back to work.

¶ "I believe my job was only offered to me because of the negative publicity they received," Oswald said. "There is no way I can expect to walk in as if I was a new hire and everything would be OK."

¶ A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart said the company has a strict policy against retaliation and offered to accommodate Oswald with safety measures such as an escort to and from his vehicle into the store.

¶ "His position is still open to him now if he wants to come back to the store. We'd welcome him back," company spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said.

¶ She also said the company offered to reimburse Oswald for lost wages.

¶ Wal-Mart said Oswald's initial firing resulted from his violation of company policy that requires employees to alert store management and call police instead of intervening in dangerous situations.

¶ Publicity about the firing prompted Wal-Mart's corporate office to review the parking lot security footage and police report, Buchanan said. Oswald, a temporary employee who had worked seven weeks for the company prior to the incident, was offered his job back.

¶ "Everyone makes mistakes and so do companies," Buchanan said.

¶ Oswald was sitting in his car around 2:30 a.m. on October 13, eating a sandwich, when he heard a woman scream, he said. A man was sprawled on the hood of the woman's car. When she tried to pry him off her vehicle, he attacked her.

¶ Oswald said he confronted the man, who then began punching him in the head and threatening to kill him. He was able to subdue the man, but then two other men jumped him from behind.

¶ Local authorities arrived on the scene and quickly broke up the fight.

¶ Oswald said he is seeking therapy to work through the trauma of the attack.

¶ "I'm being haunted by this incident because I'm not a violent person," Oswald said. "All I did was what anyone should have done in that situation."

¶ (Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Editing by Greg McCune and Bob Burgdorfer)


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I hope its ok to update older threads. Im new here and reading everything lol.
http://gawker.com/walmart-fires-empl...@cordjefferson

A Michigan Walmart employee who was fired last week for intervening with a man assaulting his ex-girlfriend says he is rejecting Walmart's offer to come back to work.

Kristopher Oswald says he believes if he takes his old job back his bosses will simply look for another reason to fire him. "I wholeheartedly believe I'm being set up for the fall," he told the Associated Press. "I believe the only reason I was offered my job back in the first place was that I was on TV. They got three days of bad publicity, people going in and protesting, saying they wouldn't shop there anymore."

Oswald, who was attacked after trying to help the woman, says he's been offered other jobs but has yet to take any of them. He says he's focused instead on therapy to help him get over the anxiety stemming from the beating




http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/25/walmart-worker-fired-helped-assault-victim/3187049/

Kristopher Oswald, 30, of Linden, Mich., said Thursday that Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart has been "unwilling to compromise" in negotiating his return to his job, which he lost Oct. 15 after assisting a woman two days earlier who had screamed for help in the store parking lot.

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"The entire situation has left me with incredible anxiety," Oswald said. "Wal-Mart feels it's absolutely not their responsibility to help an associate harmed while on the clock. I have refused their offer to take my job back for fear of retaliation.

"They could not guarantee that nothing would happen from management if I did take my job," he said. "It's a day-to-day struggle. I feel like if I say the wrong thing, I'm going to have a company coming after me."Oswald initially had said that work was scarce in the area in which he lives, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit, and that he fought hard to get his Wal-Mart job about 20 miles from his house.

Messages to Wal-Mart's corporate public information office for comment have not been returned.

Wal-Mart fired Oswald, who had an $8.70-an-hour job stocking pet supplies overnight at Hartland, Mich., store, because it said he had violated company policy in helping the 18-year-old woman, whose former boyfriend was later arrested and charged with drunken driving, malicious destruction of property and domestic violence.

After Oswald's story was disseminated nationally and reaction against the company on social-media sites such as Twitter was scathing, the company reconsidered its stance Oct. 18 and offered Oswald his job back.Oswald said he wants the company to issue a formal apology"and eliminate from his personnel record that he was fired for violating store policy.

Oswald said he tried to help the woman, but her alleged attacker, whom police identified as Dylan Tierney, 17, of Milford, Mich., assaulted him and threatened to kill him. The fight ended when Tierney and two friends who joined Tierney left after Oswald's co-workers came to his aid.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said the dispute between Tierney and his former girlfriend began earlier in the evening at a party. The woman was walking down the road when Tierney tried to stop her and get her to return to the party.

Then Tierney tried to run the woman over, Bezotte said, but she was able to move out of the way before he struck her. The victim had a girlfriend pick her up and transport her to the Hartland Wal-Mart where she had parked her car, and Tierney and his two friends followed.

Tierney was taken into custody after tussling with Oswald when deputies stopped his vehicle, the sheriff said. Bezotte previously praised Oswald for getting involved and coming to the woman's assistance.Tierney returns Tuesday to Livingston County District Court in Howell, Mich. He is free on a $1,000 bond, and that worries Oswald.
"He lives less than a half hour from my house," Oswald said. "And that concerns me."

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Re: Wal-Mart Worker: Fired For Helping Assaulted Woman

It is, if it's current. That was not too long after the incident.

Some people like to bitch over everything, but, I appreciate it, shinycatcreations.

You have some additional details I did not have

I'd be curious to know what Oswald is doing now.

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Thanks :)
I looked him up again and tried to search by date. Two things came up from december but it was the same story i just posted. I guess they were behind in the story by two months lol.
So if the update is really soon after the story, but not listed on here yet should i include it or not? I thought even if it was old , people that were involved in the thread might be interested in what happened. I dont want anyone yelling at me though. I'm thin skinned and can't take it lol.

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The moderators feel that most people like very current updates to keep it fresh. I doubt people will be too rough on you since you are new though.

Like I said, most members are very nice and helpful, as are the moderators

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