Four Walmart Employees Fired For Disarming Shopper
Four Utah Walmart employees were let go because they disarmed a man who was trying to smuggle a laptop computer out of the store.
…the staffers say they were left with no choice but to disarm the man, which they managed to do without anyone getting shot. Unfortunately for them, Walmart says it had no choice but to let these employees go.
It began when Walmart workers noticed the suspect stick a netbook under his clothes. He was met at the exit by a loss-prevention coordinator who escorted him back to the loss-prevention room at the store where three more employees joined him.
When the shoplifter pulled out the netbook, he also pulled out his handgun.
“It’s cocked, guys,” the gun-wielding fellow reportedly told the workers. “Don’t make me do this.”
One of the employees was able to wrest the gun from the suspect, who was then taken to the ground until police arrived.
Unfortunately for these four, Walmart company policy states that employees are not to engage armed suspects and they were all subsequently fired.
Two of the four, Shawn Ray and Lori Poulsen, appeared on CNN.
Walmart has released this statement:
“We appreciate the intentions demonstrated by our associates in this situation, but the actions taken put their safety – and potentially the safety of our customers and other associates – in jeopardy. In their roles within the store, they were aware of our expectations regarding safety and, unfortunately, their actions have led to them no longer working for the company.”Click here for reuse options!
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