This is a typical example of why unions form. This employee was trying to do the
right thing and still gets fired, because of the misfortune of being an "at
For quite sometime, it has been difficult to understand the policies of
Walmart.Their cutesy family oriented advertising says one thing. However,
the lives of employees while while working at Walmart, and the reality of what
really goes on there is totally opposite.So many of us frequently discuss
how sad it is that this questionable gazillion dollar company can keep such a
stranglehold on shoppers.
I can understand a company policy where someone sees it, gets the license plate
number, and then they announce the plate number over the store intercom so the
customer can deal with the issue before resorting to getting cops involved. A
policy of "it's not our issue, stay out of it" though is
Well, there goes my image of Sam Walton riding in his old pick-up with his ole
dog Shep.Seriously, do Walmart managers sit in a room and deliberately
think up the most foolish solutions to problems?
Not surprising, this is the company that pays its employee's so little many
of them are on food stamps and Medicade
I think the next time I have to sit in the parking lot with my window cracked
down waiting for my wife, I will call 911 to report my wife.Sarcasm
She did the right thing!
Wal-Mart is in the business of making money rather than thinking of employees
rights and needs or such a small matter as pets' welfare. Just say "No
thank you," with regard to shopping at that place.
re: Say No to BOThinking @ Walmart?
I believe there are some very good comments above but the high temperature that
day was only 24-25C (75F). Of course the temperature inside a car parked in the
sun is hotter than outside but it is possible that she overreacted. It's
also possible we are not privy to all of her conversation with the boss.
Don't shop at Wal-Mart, it's so liberating.
So many here obviously did not carefully read the article. She was fired because
she refused to consult with the manager BEFORE she called the police. That was
the issue. Reread the story folks. She simply told the manager no. I would have
fired her too. Furthermore, who is she to determine how long a dog can be left
in a car? Obviously the dog was just fine. The owner knew how long he could be
left and came back before the dog was in danger. Did she have special training
that told her that 10 minutes was the maximum time? Who appointed her as the
judge and jury? Not the manager. He didn't think she was qualified for that
position so he wanted her to bring him in the loop in the future. She wanted to
remain judge and jury so he fired her. Good for him. She was obviously a loose
cannon and needed to go.
@ WRK: If dogs had opposable thumbs, they would call the cops themselves - well,
if they had opposable thumbs and a cell phone. Maybe they would just roll the
window down more.... ;)@ RDLV: Even on a fairly mild day,
temperatures inside a car - even with the window cracked - rise quickly.
Studies show that when the external temperature is 75, the inside of a car
parked in full sunlight can reach 100 in 10 minutes. Within 30 minutes the
temperature inside the car can be 120 - which is enough to cause permanent harm
to the dog.
@ Max: She had gone to her boss earlier in the week about a similar problem and
her concerns were dismissed and she was told there was nothing that they could
(translate as would) do.Obviously, she wasn't judge and jury or
she would have let the dog out herself - she followed the protocol advertised on
TV by animal care societies. Which, coincidentally, is probably where she got
her information about how long was safe.
@ KalindraYou're absolutely correct. A dark car parked in full sun
can have a temperature rise of 3.5F per minute. When it's cloudy or mostly
cloudy, of course the temperature rise would be very different.My comment
was that we may not know the entire story before we just blame the Walmart
I asked my dog what he thought. He said that if I was too stupid to see
who's right in this case, then HE should be the one in charge instead of
Dwane: you are wrong1) The police here in Canada are telling people to
call 911 if you see a pet locked in a vehicle on hot days.2) In Ontario
this is considered animal cruelty. Previous experience with her manager resulted
in this crime being ignored. It is our civic duty to report criminal behavior.
No policy that Walmart makes can override the law. Walmarts failure to act in
the past puts the responsibility on the employee to report, you can't say I
reported it to Walmart so its not my fault if you know no action will be
taken.3) Her choice to inform a person (being a Walmart customer is
irrevelant) that they should not leave their animal in the truck and that she
would report this is being responsible.4) Personality disorder? Are you a
psychologist? Sounds like she refused because she did not expect the manager to
do anything and felt like reporting herself would be the only way to have the
problem properly dealy with.It is highly unlikly that the officers
are complaining because they are the ones telling us to call 911.
It amazes me that people think that dogs (or pets in general) are more important
than people... or relationships with people. animals are just animals.people are more important....ALWAYSi would have fired her faster.
Leaving a dog in a car on a hot day is dangerous, even if the windows are
cracked open.This store really showed what their priority is.Anyone
who defends leaving a dog in a hot car probably shouldn't own a dog.
VST, I'm not a proponent of theory X. I just understand that
loose cannons need to be let go.
I think it was fine for her to call and report the dog in the car, that's
what it advertised on TV but I don't think she need to get into a
conversation with the customer although it did say she wasn't on the clock
yet. If she was off the clock her manager had no right to say what she does on
her own time. But it sounded like she gave the manager some attitude possibly
(we weren't there to hear the whole conversation) and that might be why she
was fired. Maybe they were both in the wrong a little.
Walmart is not concerned about dogs because it treats their workers no better.
I promise you there is more to this woman's firing that she is telling! If
not, she has a great legal case!
This employee was out of line. She had a pattern of deliberately watching
customers to commit this "offense" so that she could carry out her own
personal agenda. She did it on her employer's time, and refused to
consult with her boss on these matters. She spoke rudely and condescendingly
to customers. No matter how right she thought she was, she was in reality an
arrogant busybody and a liability to the business, and her boss was right to let
@ Win Pow: What are you talking about? What in her attitudes indicated animals
were more important than people? Unless, of course, you think people have a
right to abuse animals....
I am not a Super Fan of Walmart, but I think they get a bad break most of the
time. This was "one" manager not the company. I am sure there will be
no follow-up story to get the whole Corporate Walmart response.I
learned this the other day while I was Umpiring a Softball Tournament in Heber
City. I was chatting with one of the ladies who was keeping score for the game.
What I learned she was a Wal-Mart Employee, she volunteered to help the County
Rec Department by working the tournament, I think I saw her there two separate
days, for maybe about 10+ hours. Turns out she does the community service and
Wal-Mart pays the bill... She works in the community on occasion turns in her
hours to Wal-Mart and she gets her regular pay check. Wal-Mart = Service to the
Community Wal-Mart... I think that is pretty cool.
With big corporations like Wal-Mart, they have so many policies set--sometimes
when some seem ridiculous--because they are at constant liability and people are
so "sue happy" now days that they the store sets so many rules...though
I don't agree with it in this case...As for working at
Wal-Mart, I was an employee there for close to four years. It helped me get my
way through high school and college. It depends which store you work at. Some
stores are better than others. Though there were days when I wished that I
didn't work at Wal-Mart or when I had to deal with a rude customer or a
less than helpful manager, it taught me many valuable lessons like how to talk
to people and many other important skills.
I am saddened by the mean-spirited comments here regarding the Canadian Walmart
employee trying to obey the laws of the Land. A concurrent article
on Yahoo news with its comments section has a much different point of view. The
Basic Facts fellow readers remain are 1.) Is it right to leave animals in 120
plus degree cars and expire while their owners are in Walmart having a Big-Gulp?
How many hundreds of Animals die needlessly because of the negligent stupidity
of their owners? I'm sure PETA or the ASPCA readily have those stats. 2.)
Is it right to leave children in 120 plus degree cars and expire while their
parents are in Walmart having a Big-Gulp? How many dozens of Children die
needlessly because of the negligent stupidity of their parents? I'm sure
The Utah police readily have those stats for Utah. Nothing to be proud of Utah.
I would hazard a guess of a half-dozen Utah Kids don't survive
I know that this may not address the full issue at hand, but who hangs out in
the parking lot of their work for any great length of time before going on
shift? Obviously it was not too hot of a day or standing on a blacktop with heat
rising from the many parked cars would have made her and her friends go inside.
I just have to wonder for what reason a group of people would have to hang out
in the Walmart parking lot for long periods of time before they are scheduled to
go on shift. I mean, who does that? Do they just hang out in the parking lot
waiting for customers to do something they don't like so they can confront
them and make themselves feel more important? Keep in mind that this is the
third time they have confronted customers. It looks like they formed their own
little justice league and are taking it upon themselves to determine what is
right and what is wrong.