A Kemptville, Ontario Walmart employee was terminated yesterday from her pharmacy technician position for not following protocol when she witnessed a man leaving his dog in the car, windows all the way up, in the store’s un-shaded parking lot.
About a half hour before her shift at Walmart began, Carla Cheney witnessed a customer rolling up his truck windows and leaving his Newfoundland in the car while he went inside to shop.
According to an article in The National Post, Carla, a dog owner and animal lover (and someone with common sense) was upset by what she saw. She approached the man in the parking lot and explained to him the dangers of leaving his dog in the car. Rather than be grateful for potentially saving his dog’s life, the man became upset with Cheney and told her it was none of her business.
So, she did what any one of us would do, she called the police who came to the scene and talked to the customer.
By Wednesday afternoon, Cheney was terminated from her job for reportedly “being rude to a customer” and was escorted out of the building.
A spokesperson for Walmart Canada wouldn’t speak about individual employees, but explained that the stores have a system in place for employees to report dangerous situations, including finding pets in hot cars. That system requires associates to report the problem to a manager and to only speak to customers with respect.
However, just last week, Miss Cheney spotted another dog in a hot car, followed protocol and reported it to her manager who said, “It’s none of our business.” and turned away.
To make matters worse, Cheney isn’t the first employee to be terminated from the Kemptville Walmart for approaching a customer about leaving their dog in the car. Another employee was fired after more than two years of employment for stopping a customer in the store parking lot and warning him about the potential risk to his dog.
The former Walmart employees both claim that dogs are left in hot cars in the parking lot every day. They are afraid that current employees will now be too scared to report dogs in hot cars, for fear of losing their jobs.
No one from the Kemptville Walmart was available for comment.