Walmart Worker Fired After Helping Woman Under Attack In Parking Lot

30-year old Kristopher Oswald acted when he saw a woman being beaten

Walmart Employee Fired 'For Helping Assaulted Woman'

You just never know when you are going to stumble onto a situation that requires you to step in and help a person in need. So if you are on a break from work, and see a man beating up a woman in your company parking lot, the noble thing to do is stand up for her. It's the choice 30-year-old Kristopher Oswald made earlier this week during his overnight shift stocking pet food at a Walmart store in the southern Michigan town of Hartland. After seeing a man ambush a woman, Oswald intervened and diverted the man's attention until the police arrived.

But as a result of making that choice, Detroit TV station WXYZ reported, Oswald was fired. Oswald is a recent hire of the retail behemoth, having begun his job about seven weeks ago. His freshly minted status as a Walmart staffer means that he was not yet considered a full-time employee. But the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer still said that Oswald was subject to a company policy forbidding employees to intervene in such situations, according to the news site Opposing Views. And so Oswald was let go.

No one was more baffled by the dismissal than Oswald himself. "I never expected all of this. And the least I expected was to not have a job," he told WXYZ.

ABC News Radio quoted a Walmart spokesperson as saying that Oswald violated the company's workplace violence policy, which bans such actions as the tackling of a shoplifter or assaulting a fellow employee. "We had to make a tough decision, one that we don't take lightly, and he's no longer with the company," Walmart rep Ashley Hardie told The Associated Press.

Oswald says that even though he was let go, he would make the same choice if he had to do it again. "I am always going to act the right way and do the right thing even after all this," ABC News Radio quoted him as saying.

Twitter users are rallying to Oswald's side. "Walmart: Give Kristopher Oswald back his job," tweeted Paula Reed. Some are going further. Twitter user ChristianJimmy declared, "My family and I are boycotting your store for the firing of Kristopher Oswald."

For Oswald, it would have been easy to have avoided the confrontation altogether. The incident reportedly occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday as Oswald was sitting in his car during a break from his overnight shift. When Oswald first noticed a man and woman tussling, he thought they may have just been horsing around, but he decided to check out the situation anyway, he said. After asking the woman if she needed help, the man got angry and began punching Oswald, he said. The woman has not been identified.

The former Walmart staffer said that he was next able to pin down the man, but two other men soon appeared on the scene to help out the assailant. The police did arrive shortly thereafter, but not before the man who Oswald originally confronted had escaped.

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'the Rule' is wrg in this instance... I can understand 'the Rule' while inside the store due to safety of other customers and the fact that other employees on-the-scene can call the Police, while that would not be case out in the parking lot where (esp @ night) for the attack to be witnessed by employees and probably not a lot of customers outside @ this time. The employee should be PRAISED by the company NOT FIRED!!! OOOOHHH THE SHAME IS ON WALMART!!

February 13 2014 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This story is four months old.
What's it doing back in the news cycle without an update?

February 13 2014 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


February 13 2014 at 1:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Anyone putting their own safety aside for the safety of an other should be praised. Shame on walmart. They just lost another customer.

February 12 2014 at 9:29 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Bobbie Bafford

They should hire him back and promote him to be a manager.

February 12 2014 at 8:33 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Disco Harvey

Message received: If you work for Wal Mart, you're just supposed to let black men pummel the crap out of you, and assault white women, and not do anything. Wal Mart wouldn't want the drop in EBT card business if we started arresting people of color.

October 25 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Disco Harvey's comment

What makes you think the guy was of color. That right there is showing what you think about BLACK people. You should be ASHAMED of your self
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October 28 2013 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

We have become a nation of polically correct cowards... besides this couldn't possibly effect anyone "outside a small circle of friends..." (with apologies to the late Mr. Phil Ochs). My personal Kudos to Mr. Oswald for doing what his heart and his value system told him was the right thing to do (DESPITE the danger to his own personal safety). SHAME on Walmart. If more honest citizens intervened, the slugs and slime of the world would think twice about initiating abuse. Then again, if we locked up all the abusive wife-beaters and child abusers, Walmart would lose a TON of prospective customers.

October 25 2013 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Smith

Any man who would not help a woman in distress is not a real man... no matter the consequences.

October 25 2013 at 2:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jackie Watson

If it was them, they would want help. This is messed up. Give that boy his job back

October 25 2013 at 11:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

To every rule there is an exception. This was a no brainer. And we wonder why no one helps anymore.

October 24 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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