Another East Greenbush Walmart Worker Fired, This Time For Returning Money
The firing happened on the same day that Thomas Smith, 52, of Albany, an East Greenbush Walmart employee, was fired for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart. This firing made national news and people were upset at the man for getting fired for recycling.
Michael Walsh of Schenectady, a Wal-Mart maintenance worker for 18 years, was fired on Nov. 6, a few days after he turned in $350 in cash he found in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. He was called into a manager's office, interrogated and terminated for "gross misconduct."
Walmart claims he waited 30 minutes to return the money, which in my opinion shows he was considering keeping the money.
Worker rights advocates are organizing a Wal-Mart boycott through Jan. 1 and additional East Greenbush store demonstrations in response to Smith's controversial termination.
In the Niskayuna incident, a manager at the store, located on State Street in Mansion Square, said Tuesday she could not discuss Walsh's firing. A Wal-Mart spokesman, Aaron Mullins, said he had no comment.
People get fired everyday, who knows whether these firings were justified? It will always be up for debate. Walmart has their view and the employee has his. I don't see the point of boycotting? Whether the man should have a job is totally up to Walmart, its not really a matter of public opinion.
We have no idea of his work performance. Him not returning the money in a timely manner may have been an opportunity they had been waiting for to fire him. Walmart isn't doing anything different than any of the other big business we shop at, lower retail prices come with a price.
Most of the people that work at Walmart are disposable, he probably was making too much and they wanted to get rid of him for a while. Also Walmart has to pay people less and buy in bulk in order to keep prices low. This man worked at Walmart for 18 years he was probably getting paid way more than other newer employees. Walmart isn't the problem it is the consumer habits of Americans that have created an environment like this. I highly doubt any so-called boycott on Walmart will have any effect, as long as the prices are low people will continue to shop.