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Walmart Job Offer Rejected by Former Employee

Kristopher Oswald, who was fired by Walmart on Oct. 15 for violating company policy, has rejected the offer from the company to return to his job.

A week after Walmart offered a former employee  his job back after getting fired for coming to the defense of a woman in trouble in the store's parking lot, Kristopher Oswald, 30, has rejected the offer.

According to the Press & Argus, Oswald is filled with "incredible anxiety" and told the paper that “Walmart 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."

After Oswald's story received international attention, Walmart offered Oswald his job back with a Walmart spokesperson saying after they reviewed the facts they understood Oswald's intentions were good.

On Oct. 13, Kristopher Oswald, 30, was working the third shift at the Hartland Walmart and was taking his lunch break in the store's parking lot when he saw a man and a women in a physical argument.

After watching the confrontation unfold, Oswald told Patch he had approached the car, asked the woman if she needed help and was then first assaulted by the man with her and then two more men who arrived after.

Livingston County Sheriff’s were called to the scene and broke up the fight, according to a previous Patch report.

According to the Press & Argus, Sheriff Bob Bezotte identified the suspect in the fight as 17-year-old Dylan Michael Tierney, of Milford and said the incident involved his former girlfriend.

On Oct. 15, after being called in for a work meeting, Oswald said he was given the news that he was terminated for violating company policy and escorted from the building. 

It was a shock and a disappointment, according to Oswald who was told the night before by his shift supervisor that while he was going to have to suspend Oswald, he thought his actions were “brave and selfless.” 

Oswald told Patch that if he had to, he would make the decision to step in and help all over again.

"What I did, even though he escaped, it bought her time and she got away,” he said.

Bob October 25, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I'm not a fan of Walmart but if this guy did violate company policy they were right to fire him. I think there is more to this story than we see here. I smell a law suite from Oswald.
DON November 19, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Walmart you violated the very way we do things in Hartland by firing this guy for helping out. Pack up and move out! WALMART YOU ARE FIRED!

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