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#31 *RedBull*

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 15:58

Workers of Walmart need to form a union.


#32 Nagisan

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:03

Workers of Walmart need to form a union.

Based on what I've read in this thread alone, they probably already have a policy against their workers forming a union.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:07

Don't sugar coat it, lol she put her hands on someone else she got what she deserved 100%.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:08

Based on what I've read in this thread alone, they probably already have a policy against their workers forming a union.

Not sure how biased this source is but its not surprising. http://www.commondre...s05/0511-03.htm

The arguement Walmart uses is that unions make prices go up significantly which would be passed on to the customer and thus does what it can to prevent them from being formed. Not sure how legal that is though. I thought forming unions was a right but not sure about that.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:08

How about some common f*cking sense?

This customer pushed someone who was clearly old and could have been seriously injured or even died from such a fall, this should have resulted in her arrest and prosecution for assault.

Wallmart however, as suggested elsewhere in this thread have very likely used it as a reason to sack her for other reasons (lets remember this is the same company that bans any meetings of their staff inside or OUTSIDE work unless a management representative is present, failure to comply with this gets everyone involved immediate dismissal!)

Self defence is everybody's right and its a crying shame this employee didn't punch the customer instead of grabbing on to her and any self respecting manager should have then barred her from shopping in Walmart for life before calling the police.

These national chains are a disgrace, always siding with the customer and encouraging them to behave like Paris Hilton in a perfume shop, its about time they were hit very hard in the pocket with some human rights regulations.

I really feel for for those working in these minimum wage jobs in the US more so than here in the UK as there are literally no workers rights as opposed to very few.

#36 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:11

How about some common f*cking sense?


Just to make it clear, I am in no way saying what they did is morally/ethically correct. All I am saying is that what they did was perfectly legal and the correct course of action from a business standpoint.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:14

Wow, what kinda nincompoop pushes a 73 year old woman to exit from an entrance? Stupid.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:34

Wow, what kinda nincompoop pushes a 73 year old woman to exit from an entrance? Stupid.


Wal-Mart customers :)

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:34

What is she doing working at 73 anyway?


Heh...Generation X'ers won't be asking that question based on the fact we aren't saving that much compared to the baby boomers....

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 16:37

Just to make it clear, I am in no way saying what they did is morally/ethically correct. All I am saying is that what they did was perfectly legal and the correct course of action from a business standpoint.


There is more than one way of doing business, if they wanted to act on what they believed to be a criminal offence ei. an assault, they had a responsibility to call the police independently then await the outcome.

The outcome, as it was on video would clearly favour the employee which is why they bullied her out probably threatening to withhold holiday pay or something similar.

I don't understand why people stick up for these scum, it could be your grandmother/aunt who gets hurt by one of these self centred arrogant customers and after 20+ years of putting up all the Wallmart b*llshit, she deserves a medal!

There is no justification for persecuting people in such a way in their daily work, this company is one of the very worst for abusing its staff along with McDonalds in the fast food category and they break the law daily through harassment and discrimination as in this case.

But as far as evil empires go, yes they would consider blackmail and and a whole host of other sickening procedures "the correct course of action."

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 17:04

Workers of Walmart need to form a union.


If workers of walmart even whispered the thought, they'd be fired on the spot.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 17:09

This is why we want to keep the likes of Walmart out of RSA, they have no respect for the employees.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 17:12

There is more than one way of doing business, if they wanted to act on what they believed to be a criminal offence ei. an assault, they had a responsibility to call the police independently then await the outcome.

The outcome, as it was on video would clearly favour the employee which is why they bullied her out probably threatening to withhold holiday pay or something similar.

Wrong. They have a policy saying don't touch customers under any circumstance. It's that simple. Don't try and make it anymore complicated than it is. Regardless if she had a valid reason to touch the customer or not, she broke the rules and was fired for it. Had she not been fired, an 18 year old could have sued Walmart for age discrimination for firing him/her for the same reason. Everyone gets treated the same this way. The fact that she is old is completely irrelevant.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:16

Wrong. They have a policy saying don't touch customers under any circumstance. It's that simple. Don't try and make it anymore complicated than it is. Regardless if she had a valid reason to touch the customer or not, she broke the rules and was fired for it. Had she not been fired, an 18 year old could have sued Walmart for age discrimination for firing him/her for the same reason. Everyone gets treated the same this way. The fact that she is old is completely irrelevant.


You are missing one very important fact, the employee did not purposely touch the customer. The customer caused the interaction by pushing the employee, the employee was instinctively protecting her well-being something that cannot be considered a premeditated choice.

On the point of age most young employees are discriminated against anyway as they start on lower rates yet can perform better at least physically in most cases than seniors as the work is very basic (in this case meet and greet.)

You forget that there is at least health and safety to take into account as this is something thankfully imposed on the likes of Wallmart. These regulations are of a purely practical nature and consider such things as if a person is capable of carrying out a task asked of them safely taking into account their age and physical restrictions and as the management gave her the job of crowd control they are actually criminally responsible for breaking health and safety regulations that require it to be the task of someone able bodied (please look at the main link for the picture of her if you think she should have been given the task on one of the busiest days of the year.)

What you are saying is that the world is black and white and sadly many of these rules are drawn up with people of the same mentality, people who work at the company H/O but have never spent an hour in a store let alone managed one.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 22:38

Wow, what kinda nincompoop pushes a 73 year old woman to exit from an entrance? Stupid.


Hey -- she had to get that toaster oven on sale !