Walmart employee Michael Walsh found $350 cash in the Niskayuna, N.Y., Walmart parking lot and turned in the lost money to his manager. A couple of weeks later he was unceremoniously fired and denied all benefits. Thinking he had done a good deed, he was as shocked as the rest of us.
Walsh, 45, served Walmart faithfully as a maintenance worker for 18 years, performing such tasks as picking up garbage, fixing shelves, cleaning and collecting wayward shopping carts before he was fired over the seemingly harmless good deed of returning the lost cash to his manager on November 6, 2015.
He found $350 in the parking lot and went to the manager with the intention of turning in the lost money. However, when he got back to the store, ‘a woman was yelling at the manager, freaking out that she lost her money’ he said, so he got nervous and immediately left because he ‘didn’t want any trouble.’
He continued performing other work tasks until the pandemonium subsided he had calmed down. He didn’t want to confront the angry customer so approximately 30 minutes later, he went back to his manager and turned all of the money in.
A few days later, Walsh was brought into his manager’s office and interrogated about the money and why it had taken him so long to bring it to the proper personnel.
Walsh said the manager showed him video surveillance footage that showed that half an hour had passed before he turned the money in. However, they didn’t let him explain and he ‘got treated like a common criminal’.
Walsh has been denied his 20 percent employee discount during prime holiday shopping season, and since he had only worked for Walmart for 18 years, Walsh is no longer eligible for the 10 percent lifetime discount card given to 20-year employees.
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