Walmart Fires Man After He Tries to Stop Assault

They say Kristopher Oswald violated its non-violence policy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 18, 2013 9:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's hard to imagine an attempt at heroism going worse than the one Kristopher Oswald attempted Sunday. The 30-year-old Walmart employee was taking a lunch break in his car at around 2:30am (he worked as an overnight stocker), when he heard a woman screaming for help and saw a man on the hood of her car. He approached and asked if the woman needed help, and the man lunged at him, he tells WXYZ. Oswald got on top of his attacker, only to be jumped from behind by two other men.

Police came to his rescue soon thereafter. But the last blow landed later when Walmart fired him over the incident. A company spokesman tells the AP that they fully understand that he was trying to help, but that he violated Walmart's anti-violence policy. Oswald was stunned. "The last thing I expected was to not have a job," he says. "I don't even know what to put on an application about all this. How do I say this ended?"

A man walks through the parking lot of the Walmart Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Lithonia, Ga.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A shopper at a Walmart in North Fayette, Pa., loads her purchases into her car on in this Jan 4, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
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