updated - July 16, 2020 Thursday EDT
A Michigan man claims he was let go because he attempted to assist a woman being attacked.
"We had to make a tough decision, one that we don't take lightly, and he's no longer with the company," Ashley Hardie, a Wal-Mart company spokeswoman told the Associated Press.
Oswald was reportedly sitting in car while on break at 2:30 p.m. Sunday when he observed a man tightly holding a woman.
He then asked her if she was in need of help, when the man began to punch him in the head while shouting that he was going to end his life according to the AP. Oswald then told the AP he managed to climb on top of the man until two men attacked him from behind.
"The last thing I expected was to not have a job," Kristopher Oswald, who tried to do a good deed, told the AP. I don't even know what to put on an application about all of this. How do I say this ended? I will always do the right thing," he said.
Oswald was supplied with paperwork stating the reason for his removal. The paperwork said "after violation of company on his lunch break, it was determined to end his temporary assignment."
Oswald worked for Wal-Mart, a total of seven weeks, and was not going to be a legit employee until after he had finished his 180 day probationary period.
Wal-Mart has polices that oppose violence in professional environments, which are meant to offset the possibility of employees from hurting each other on jumping on any shoplifters attempting to steal merchandise according to information from an interview Oswald gave to Detroit television station WXYZ-TV.
According to the AP, the guidelines do not help employees in other situations which require self-defense, and pose a threat to them.
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