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Offline Eckhart Tolle

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Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« on: February 19, 2011, 05:37:40 pm »
Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman

Feb 15, 2011 – 11:44 AM

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Four Wal-Mart employees have been fired after management said they violated company policy by disarming an alleged shoplifter who had pulled a gun inside the store.

Lori Poulsen, Justin Richins, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart were all longtime workers at Wal-Mart's Layton, Utah, store. Poulsen was an asset protection coordinator, Richins and Ray were asset protection associates, and Stewart was an assistant manager.

On Jan. 13, employees allegedly witnessed a man identified as Trent Allen Longton take a netbook computer out of the package and stuff it under his shirt. When Longton attempted to leave the store, he was confronted by Poulsen, who escorted him to a nearby office. The two were joined there by Ray, Richins and Stewart, Salt Lake City's Deseret News reported.

Inside the office, Longton allegedly pulled out a loaded handgun and ran toward the office door, which was blocked by Ray, Richins and Stewart. Longton then allegedly grabbed Stewart and shoved the gun into his back. Concerned for their safety, the workers reacted forcefully and disarmed Longton.

In the police incident report, the investigating officer noted that the Wal-Mart employees acted in the "best interest and safety" of those around them. Longton, as it turned out, was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Wal-Mart managers, however, disagreed. The following week, the four workers were fired for violating the company's "Investigation and Detention of Shoplifters Policy." The policy instructs employees to retreat if an individual brandishes a weapon.

"If during an approach or investigation, it becomes apparent that the suspect has a weapon or brandishes or threatens use of a weapon; all associates must disengage from the situation, withdraw to a safe position, and contact law enforcement," reads a copy of the policy available online. "If at any point the suspect or any other involved person becomes violent, disengage from the confrontation, withdraw to a safe position and contact law enforcement."

The next paragraph instructs employees to "put people first," stating that protecting the physical well-being of "suspects, customers and Wal-Mart associates is your first priority."

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Offline Ninjaman

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Re: Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 05:40:45 pm »
Wal-mart - Get shot, or get out.

Offline Eckhart Tolle

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Re: Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 05:45:30 pm »
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Wal-Mart managers, however, disagreed. The following week, the four workers were fired for violating the company's "Investigation and Detention of Shoplifters Policy." The policy instructs employees to retreat if an individual brandishes a weapon

Ya it must be a tough decision when some pulls out a gun on you.. Or is running around with one..

Hmm lets see A job at Walmart or my Life?

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Re: Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 11:17:26 pm »
OF COURSE HE GOT FIRED!!!!

you NEVER disarm a gun man!!!  You SAY SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!

Janet's been trying to tell you people this and you just wont listen!!! >:(

Well, if your Wal Mart, I guess firing people is the ONLY way to get the rest of the workers attention.
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Re: Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 08:12:38 am »
OF COURSE HE GOT FIRED!!!!

you NEVER disarm a gun man!!!  You SAY SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!

Janet's been trying to tell you people this and you just wont listen!!! >:(

Well, if your Wal Mart, I guess firing people is the ONLY way to get the rest of the workers attention.

  Big Sis doesn't have a clue and the management of Walmart doesn't have any common sense.
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Re: Wal-Mart Security Employees Fired for Disarming Store Gunman
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 09:21:52 am »
While I understand the purpose and logic behind Walmart's policy, they fail to understand that there is always going to be en exception to the rule.  There is always going to be a crazy situation that can't and doesn't fall into the parameters.  There's always going to be a situation in which you have to say, "You know what? This time, our policy just doesn't apply".  This was one of those situations.