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    4 Layton Walmart employees fired after disarming gunman caught shoplifting

    I think this was the subject of a theoretical discussion in the past, given a martial artist Wal-Mart employee. Now, the practical result:

    LAYTON — The shoplifter smashed Gabriel Stewart up against a wall.
    It didn't take him long to realize that pressure against his lower back was from a loaded gun held by a desperate man who didn't want to go to jail. The gunman had a firm grip on Stewart's shoulder, telling him and three of his Walmart co-workers, "Don't make me do this."
    “Absolutely time stopped,” Stewart told KSL. “I didn’t know what to do.”


    Instantly, Shawn Ray and Justin Richins kicked into gear, spinning the gunman around. Lori Poulsen ripped the gun away and secured it. They all held on to the man until police arrived minutes later.
    The four Layton Walmart employees felt it was mission accomplished. Police officers told them they had done everything right.


    But a week later, all four were fired from their jobs. Walmart said their actions had violated company policy and put their fellow workers and shoppers at risk.

    Read the rest:
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...ting.html?pg=1

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    so i guess stealing from walmart is as easy as taking what you want and pulling a gun?
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    I like how they compare an employee following someone outside of the store to, being in a single exit closed room with a gun involved.

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    "The four workers were full-time employees. Stewart had been with the company for more than 12 years. Poulsen, who was employed for more than seven years, had made Walmart a career. Ray said his dismissal kept him from purchasing a home."

    Oh, nice.
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    Employee loyalty? What's that?

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    Wally world is a 3rd world employer operating in the 1st world. Expected but still sad.

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    I'd sue the **** out of them for firing me for defending myself. I'd also make the biggest public stink imaginable and shame them into paying me a large sum of money to go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devil View Post
    I'd sue the **** out of them for firing me for defending myself. I'd also make the biggest public stink imaginable and shame them into paying me a large sum of money to go away.
    I cant imagine this not happening at some point. As soon as they lawyer up the company will fall over itself trying to settle this out of court.

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    Sue 'em for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivington View Post
    Sue 'em for what?

    Wrongful termination. Although the employees did not follow what is allegedly the protocol for dealing with this situation, they could argue that since the blanket policy does not specifically cover the circumstance, they were forced to improvise.

    And in any case, it wouldn't get to court, I am sure the company would settle.

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