A Walmart employee in Albany, New York was stunned when he stumbled upon a large wad of cash in the store’s parking lot. Wanting to do the right thing, he decided to turn the money in, but that’s when he got some horrible news.
Michael Walsh had worked at the Walmart just outside of Albany for 18 years when he found the $350 in cash when he was going about his duties of cleaning up trash outside. According to Mad World News, his manager fired him immediately when he turned in the money.
Walsh had reportedly first found a $5 bill in the parking lot, and he immediately returned it inside. He then found the $350 in cash in $10 and $20 bills, but instead of turning in the money right away, he finished his duties before doing so. That’s where the problem started.
“The only thing I did wrong was hesitate,” Walsh said, who is 45. “I didn’t steal anything. They didn’t give me any warning. They just fired me.”
Walsh claims he was fired two days after the incident.
“They didn’t let me explain and said they knew what happened. They told me how it happened in a way they wanted it to go,” said Walsh, who was forced to sign a statement after being terminated.
Walsh has struggled to find another job, and the chances of him earning his old job back are slim. He told reporters that the worst part is he still doesn’t understand why he was let go.
“I got scared and didn’t go about returning the money in the right way,” he said. “I told them I was sorry. I thought they would have given me a warning or suspended me. Instead, they just fired me.”
While Walsh probably should have turned in the money right away, it seems a little extreme to fire a longterm employee for this. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.