A Walmart night manager in Prattville, Alabama noticed a shopper trying to leave with a shopping cart full of stolen goods one night. The manager, Don Watson, decided he needed to act right away.
The man managed to leave the store with the stolen goods, but Watson followed him. Finally, Watson caught up with the man and confronted him over the stolen items. The man punched Watson in the face — regardless, Watson was able to hold him down until security came on the scene to assist.
The shoplifter, Roderick Gray, had tried to steal almost $1,200 worth of inventory.
Watson told reporters, “When I caught up to the individual he turned and grabbed me, struck me in the face and dragged me to the ground.” Watson added that he had seen Gray at the Walmart several times earlier that week, and suspected he had been stealing.
Now, you would think that Walmart would reward Watson from stopping the burglar. But instead they did the opposite…
Nearly a month after stopping Gray, Watson was fired from his position at Walmart. The store has a policy that Walmart employees are not allowed to follow shoplifters more than 10 feet outside of the store. Because of this policy, the store argued that they fired Watson for “gross misconduct.”
In reality, however, Watson was being a good employee and saving Walmart from losing thousands of dollars worth of goods.
Watson said, “It was just kind of strange. It was strange that they came to this conclusion after 27 days. I thought I was protecting the company.”
Now, Watson has no idea how he’ll get by. He said, “I went from making a decent living, making almost $50,000 a year, to nothing.”
Watson did not deserve to be fired for what he did.
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