I don’t shop at Wal-Mart. I haven’t given them a dime since January of 2011.
Here’s why. On Jan 13, 2011, 4 Wal-Mart asset protection employees (1 was a manager) witnessed a thief stuff a notebook computer under his shirt. They confront him and take him to a monitored room so they can call the police. Once in there, he pulls out the notebook and places it on the desk. He then reaches into a coat and pulls out a handgun. He shoves it into one of the AP guys who immediately puts his hands into the air and demanded they move so he can leave, presumably with his new hostage. Another employee whips the guy around and all of the AP guys (minus a lady off on the side) wrestle the gun away from him.
At this point, Wal-Mart has 4 heroes that prevented a gunman from taking more hostages and potentially killing their customers. They did the sensible thing.
They fired them. You see, Wal-Mart has a policy that states that employees “should retreat if an individual reveals a weapon.”
Where do you retreat to when you’re a hostage? Where do you retreat to when you are one of many employees standing between the gunman and his only exit route?
Imagine this… you are 2 feet away from a gunman that has your friend and co-worker hostage. You have 2 options. Hide under a desk or save your friend’s life. I say the employees chose right. Judge for yourself.
Direct links until I can unscrew the video embedding.
The reason this has been posted in September, even though the incident was in January, is that KSL only recently was able to get the recordings through a GRAMA request. The former employees are currently in a lawsuit with Wal-Mart that is expected to be before a judge in 2013. I wish them the best of luck!
Note: yes I know that’s the pin from The Comedian in The Watchmen. It’s surprisingly the same as Wal-Mart + the blood spatter.