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Walmart Employee Fired for Calling Police to Report Dog Locked in Hot Car

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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.

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186 Comments

186 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Tammy Peters

    tammy peters

    says:

    She was not even on the clock so what she did she did on her own time so I do not understand why she needed to report the situation to her manager. So I do not understand why they fired her.

  2. Avatar Of Mike Mills MIKE MILLS says:

    These smart attitude women have no right to harass customers for any reason. They are social activists. Sometimes activists get punished for their illegal protect which these woman were not willing to accept. They should have called the police themselves and not given their names but felt it their activist duty to attack these customers.

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  5. Avatar Of Jay

    jay

    says:

    As I recall, it was a HOT HUMID sunny day in the order of 30 C. The dog would have been in distress within moments in a vehicle in the full sun of the Kemptville walmart parking lot. After the story hit the media ( both social and brodcast news) the employee was eventually offered their position back but only after the backlash and negative publicity was evident, and as I recall it was also after this person was offered a position with another retailer. Shortly after this a printed note appeared on this walmart’s entrance doors warning of the dangers of leaving pets or children in closed vehicles in the summer heat. It was also about that time that there were a number of pets left in cars incidents in the greater Ottawa/Eastern Ontario area and one sadly was discovered too late. In response to this incident and the others the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Police service issued statements indicating that in these situations immediate action to remove the animal from the vehicle including breaking a window to gain access was immediately necessary and acceptable. The local 6 o’clock news even showed how to break the window. There were not many reports of dogs left in cars the rest of the summer. Something about knowing the window could be smashed, with blessings, magically made people smarter or was it the car window was worth more than the pets lives.

    In the end walmart Kemptville and walmart Canada did wrong, then backtracked, tried to paint themselves in better light, but did far too little far too late and another retailer across the mall parking lot got a conscientious employee. In the associated articles and interviews the manager of Canada’s favorite tire store across the parking lot told the journalist conducting the interview that anyone discovering an animal or child left in a car in the mall parking should go to his customer service and someone would immediately go with a hammer and punch to gain access.

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  8. Avatar Of Sean Hughes

    Sean Hughes

    says:

    If you have a job and there is a specific protocol to handle certain situations, then follow the protocol or don’t whine and cry about the consequences when you don’t! Grow up people!!!

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  10. Avatar Of Not A Peta Activist

    not a peta activist

    says:

    I love my dog more than everything. And i have taken him to walmart actually to get a towel for him before going to the dog park. This will not take more than 10 min or 15 I
    if its too crowdee. If somebody called the cops because of that id like his ass to get fired too. Dont lose your common sense morons.

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  13. Avatar Of Barbie Giblet

    Barbie Giblet

    says:

    Depends on temperature outside. I’ve left my dog in car with windows up. But she shouldn’t have been fired of it was hot outside. That isn’t a reason for termination. I will still shop Walmart.

  14. Avatar Of Richard R. Conlin

    Richard R. Conlin

    says:

    Leaving a an animal in a hot car is cruelty. In Canada cruelty to animals is a crime. A person witnessing a crime has a duty to report the crime to the police. Whatever bizarre internal regulations Walmart has in place are irrelevant. The employee did the legally correct thing. I’d encourage her to sue Walmart. Sucky store anyway.

  15. Avatar Of Jane Doe

    jane doe

    says:

    not me i will report no matter what im not scared i wk for wm

  16. Avatar Of Lis

    lis

    says:

    First of all, anyone leaving an animal or baby in a vehicle, on a hot and humid day is cruel and inhuman. the manager must not be an animal lover or he would have understood the reason for the employee saying something to the customer. firing her was a mistake.
    Second, Josh, get a life!

  17. Avatar Of Josh

    Josh

    says:

    you’re all stupid… the HIGH on that day was 83, look it up… there’s no danger to a dog to sit in a car for 20-30 min at that temp. This person should have followed protocol, or been a little more covert if she was going to blatantly break it. Finally, you think wal-mart will change its policy or rehire one of 10000000000 employees just because a few protesters on a dog lover site stop shopping there? please.

  18. Avatar Of Dee Rogers

    Dee Rogers

    says:

    I DID THE SAME THING AS THIS YOUNG LADY DID, ONE DAY WHEN I SAW A FAMILY LEAVING THEIR DOG IN THE CAR, WITH WINDOWS CRACKED, ON A HOT DAY, AS THEY WENT INTO WALMART TO SHOP. THE “MAN OF THE FAMILY” (FATHER, HUSBAND) AND I USE THE TERM “MAN OF THE FAMILY” VERY LOOSELY TOLD ME TO MIND MY OWN BUSINESS AND F— OFF!!
    I HAVE SEEN ANIMALS LOCKED IN CARS AT LEAST 4 OR 5 TIMES IN THE PAST 3 WEEKS ~~ AND I LIVE IN FLORIDA!!!!!! THESE ARE NOT “HUMANS” ~~ THEY ARE MONSTERS!!!!

  19. Avatar Of Sandy

    Sandy

    says:

    Walmart is in the wrong on this one too! No dog should be left in the vehicle on a hot day. The manager would have been praised instead of shunned if he would have stepped up to the plate and did the same thing, yeah maybe he would have lost 1 patron but by the looks of things he has lost a lot more than that by being the north end of a south bound camel!

  20. Avatar Of Laurie Rogers

    Laurie Rogers

    says:

    Sorry, I am a walmart empoloyee. Have been for 14 yrs. I would tell the manager first, then call the police if he just shrugged it off. There is absolutely NO reason for anyone to do that to their pets…

  21. Why would u fire someone for helping an animal thats suffering? Thats exactly what i would do. And have! I shop at walmart probably 4 times a week. Because i have one 2 blocks away from me. But this makes me want to shop somewhere else.

  22. Avatar Of Connie Collier

    connie collier

    says:

    Wal-Mart sucks have not shopped their in years. All the animal lovers need to show their support and Boycott this hell hole.

  23. Avatar Of Kerri Voorhees

    Kerri Voorhees

    says:

    Really? Luckily there’s so many other places to shop. Kudos to employee, shame on mgmnt.

  24. Avatar Of Gloria Smith gloria smith says:

    Here is what I do…I park next to the car, and wait for the owner…if no one comes in a reasonable amount of time…I call the authorities…one man, who came out, noticed me about to leave a note on his car. I explained my concerns…and he thanked me for being a caring person. He was in no way upset with me, and he understood my reason for sitting there. To be fired for doing the right thing, makes me think this was not a place you would want to work, anyway…she will find another job…because she is blessed with caring for animals, and for other people. Good luck to her!

  25. Avatar Of Steve

    steve

    says:

    FUCK YOU walmart I will never shop in your store ever again

  26. Avatar Of Laurie

    Laurie

    says:

    WHAT!! Walmart hates and fires employees that want to help animals. My God, next thing you know they they will hate and fire employees who are THINKING about a union.

  27. Avatar Of Jennifer

    Jennifer

    says:

    Seriously! Out of all the things to fire an employee over and that asshole manager has to fire this man over saving a living sole. Somebody should lock him in a hot car in 90 sumthin degree wheather with no food, water, or air and see how the hell he feels and then maybe he might think twice, but then again maybe not cause he is so dam stupid. Walmart can kiss my ass. They just lost one hell of a good customer!

  28. Avatar Of Christy

    Christy

    says:

    I assume there is a law where this happened stating that windows must be cracked for pets. If so the now ex employee should sue Walmart for trying to prevent her from reporting an issue to authorities. You shouldn’t be able to stop employees from reporting a crime. Let the police decide if it is justified!

  29. Avatar Of Claudette

    Claudette

    says:

    Well I think idiot that fired her, needs to be put in a hot car in the parking lot and make sure all the employees know NOT to intervene! What kind of a policy is that? Rude to customer, No some idiot was putting a dog in a true life and death situation, negligence.If she had not called police and the dog died, the owner would be in very serious trouble, possibly facing jail time. That dog owner does not deserve to own a dog, and Walmart. well there are lots of other stores to shop in, I can live without you, quite easily now that I find out you fire your employees for reporting people breaking the law. I hope this creates a HUGE controversy to embarrass your company and hope you loose business to. To think that you promote this team minded employee scenario and then tell them to turn their backs when customers are caught red handed doing something illegal. You better get your heads outta your butts, or you can kiss your butts good bye. How dare you put your employees in such a terrible place in the first place, never mind firing them when they KNEW for certain that this dog owner was clearly breaking the law. I am disgusted with Walmart.

  30. Avatar Of Teresa

    Teresa

    says:

    Spouting off that you will no longer shop at Wal-Mart means nothing to them. Getting a group organized to picket outside of the store involved with the dismissal is far more effective.

  31. Avatar Of Jack

    Jack

    says:

    Geez, I have heard so many versions of this story it is getting ridiculous. I have no idea what really went down because the media and people on the internet keep changing up this story. Typical when stuff gets repeated over and over.

  32. Avatar Of Mary

    Mary

    says:

    They obviously couldn’t care less about the lives of any pets. If they don’t care about the lives of our pets, they will never care about the lives of humans. I’m sure the policy is the same with a child locked in a hot vehicle. They’re too scared to lose sales to even give a damn.

  33. Avatar Of Don

    Don

    says:

    The solution is simple… STOP SHOPPING AT WALMART!

  34. Avatar Of Maureen Galoppe

    Maureen Galoppe

    says:

    If Walmart doesn’t rehire her. I won’t be shopping there anymore. She was only trying to do the right thing. That dog could have died in the heat. If I was shopping at Walmart like I always do. (not anymore) and I had a dog (only have cats) in my car and Carla called the cops. I would have made sure she didn’t get fired by calling the cops on me. Because she was RIGHT…………Walmart you lost another loyal customer……………..

  35. Avatar Of Pete

    Pete

    says:

    My method of dealing with idiots who leave animals in cars on hot days is to break the door windows on both sides of the car. Making sure I don’t harm the animal.

  36. Avatar Of Bren909

    Bren909

    says:

    Walmart’s reply posted on a Facebook page and on their website):

    This is in reference to a recent story in the media about our Kemptville store in Canada. We want you to know that the associate in question was absolutely not let go for trying to help a dog in a hot car.

    The decision to dismiss an associate is one that we take extremely seriously and must follow a comprehensive process. However, out of respect for the associate and for privacy reasons we cannot provide specifics about why this associate was let go.

    For more information, visit: walmartcanada.ca/Pages/Press%20Releases/Article/169/188/180

  37. Avatar Of Lisa Sheetz

    lisa sheetz

    says:

    I worked for a walmart for over 10 years….they are horrible people!!!! They would just throw away bags and bags of torn dog and cat food! I suggested we donate them to animal shelters and was called into the office and told I should tend to my duties and not bother with what management was doing…. quit soon after !!!

  38. Avatar Of Donna Thompson

    Donna Thompson

    says:

    That’s just not right…I can tell ya if I am ever in a parking lot and see a dog in a hot car without any air there will be a window broken

  39. Avatar Of Stephen Lee

    Stephen Lee

    says:

    She should sue Walmart for wrongful termination.

  40. Avatar Of Carole Sanek

    Carole Sanek

    says:

    I just had to write a blog about this and more – y’all do realize the Dept of Justice is all over them for bribes in Mexico – millions of dollars – OOPS there go the roll backs.

    isurviveddamnneareverything.com/the-top-10-reasons-i-wont-shop-at-walmart/

  41. Avatar Of Nancy Natoli

    Nancy Natoli

    says:

    What is wrong with Walmart, first off she was not on duty yet, and what if it was a baby, would she have to go inside find the manager before doing something???

    She did the right thing, thank god she was there

  42. Avatar Of Pam

    Pam

    says:

    So instead of actually using your voice to effect change, you’re going to advocate a boycott, which is completely ineffective? How about a letter campaign, where people who are paying customers of WalMart advise them that we do not support this type of behavior? This is one store, and likely one manager.

    I love the way people complain about Walmart, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on what they want to buy. Where, pray tell, do you expect to get affordable goods if you’re the average person? WalMart has the success it has because it delivers goods people want, at prices they are willing to pay. When other places do it better and cheaper, WalMart will be out of business.

    This is not a Walmart issue. This is an individual making a decision. If you want to affect corporate policy, then TALK to the company – don’t boycott it.

    • Avatar Of Lisa Sheetz

      lisa sheetz

      says:

      believe me talking to walmart wont do any good….they dont care what you or anyone else has to say!

      • Avatar Of Safety First

        Safety first

        says:

        Been there, done that. I talked to the assistant manager, then finally, a guy who said he was the manager, but nothing was done. The complaint was for a serious health issue, not an insignificant comlaint. They never took care of it. Why waste your time trying to “talk to them”? We spent at least $300 a week in there. Past tense. I am much happier to spend my hard earned money in the local grocery store, and the customer service is much better!! How is it that a person does a good thing, then they get fired??? Not in my world!

  43. Avatar Of Carole Sanek

    Carole Sanek

    says:

    The sad thing is they are laughing all the way to the bank – they nickle and dime vendors down to pennies worth of profits and corporate America goes along with it to have their name in the store. A couple years back they announced they wanted to put Best Buy, ToysRUs and more out of business. They want to be the only store people come to – then they wanted to go into banking. That was stopped. Last year they wanted to have walk-in clinics in the store, hand you a beeper so you can shop spreading your nasty germs all over the place until the doctor can see you and your beeper goes off. Really? Think about this we were told at a FEMA meeting that their trucks are considered the most dangerous on the road because they potentially can carry bleach and fertilizer. Hello bomb squad in a wreck too late bomb went off. And FEMA also told us to never use a WalMart store for shelter in a storm, same reason – lightning strike, power lines down, fire starts in store – bleach/fertilizer. Not making this up FEMA people told us this at a county meeting on hazards in our county on I-75.

    My #1 reason up till now for never going there was the picture my friend took in a Phoenix store – a woman walked through this entire store – a super WM with a Scarlet Macaw on her shoulder and no one stopped her. Where was the freaking manager this time?

    Don’t get me started on barefoot shoppers either.

    I guess I digressed a little.

  44. Avatar Of E.s.

    E.S.

    says:

    Well actually if she wasn’t on the clock when this transpired. She can’t be fired and she should sue for wrongful termination. Taken from the article “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.”

  45. Avatar Of Jeffrine Las

    Jeffrine Las

    says:

    I don’t believe people should be fired for doing the right thing Maybe we should boy really think people should take classes before bringing a pet into their lives.

  46. Avatar Of Amanda

    Amanda

    says:

    this is not the first time a walmart manager showed a lack of concern for an animals well being. i witnessed a manager drop a large fish on the floor, and put it back into the tank, bleeding from its mouth. only to do it again another time. i reported it and no one ever got back to me. i have reported how terrible the conditions of their fish tanks (with photos for proof) are and no-one ever responds. they hire just any one to work the live fish section and i have yet to find someone with real knowledge of how to handle, treat and care for them.

    this situation is absolutely absurd. we should be thanking those willing to stand up and speak out. not punishing them!!

  47. Avatar Of Granny

    Granny

    says:

    Did any of you read this. She was fired for calling the cops. how can this be she was not even on the time clock yet. hats just not wright

  48. Avatar Of Natalie

    Natalie

    says:

    It was before her shift! What she did should have NO bearing on ber job what-so-ever!

  49. Avatar Of Jean Short

    Jean Short

    says:

    If I were the manager, I would have announced over the intercom, “will the person(s) who left their dog/children in a hot vehicle, come to the customer service desk.” The police should have been called prior to this announcement. The employee(s) should have been praised, not fired! The Manager should have to go back for retraining of protocols and sensitivity classes.

  50. Avatar Of Kitt

    kitt

    says:

    i bet if it was a human she wouldn’t have been fired

  51. Avatar Of Tim

    Tim

    says:

    At the time of the incident, the employee was not on the clock representing WalMart. She would have a valid unlawful termination claim with the department of labor. Especially since the previous incident was addresses with the answer management gave (although they will never admit it). WalMart lately has taken a “better than the rest attitude. Unfortunately, nothing will change until the corporate morons that run the place reach down and grab the set of balls they have and deal with the problems

  52. Avatar Of Sandy Larsen Sandy Larsen says:

    What she does on her time is her business and not Wal-marts. At the time she reported this incident she was off of the clock and was a customer herself in the parking lot. What if this had been a baby in the car? The manager should be locked in the car and let him/her sit in their until they are almost dead and then asks them if a Walmart employee reported them in the car would they have gotten fire? CrazyYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

  53. Avatar Of Marijke

    Marijke

    says:

    It also says A LOT about those pet owners aswell. why the hell would you bring your pets to a store in the middle of a hotmelting day to leave them in the car because you can’t bring your pets INSIDE the store??? Just leave the poor beasts at home where it is usually cool and shaded!! store policies should be revised and should not only count for elderly people and kids and god forbid disabled people but especially dogs, who got NO ONE to defend them. To get fired by a duschbag like that storemanager says a lot more about them then the heroin/hero store-employee that look out for all! I surely hope that the employees that got laid off got themselves a good lawyer and sew the hell out of walmart. I also wish them the best in finding a job that they will love!! Rant over…

  54. Avatar Of Hawk Hart

    Hawk Hart

    says:

    I haven’t shopped in Walmart in over 4 years!!

  55. Avatar Of Aqdina

    aqdina

    says:

    the walmart manager needs to lose him job because he should have call the police and stood behind his employee if walmart dose not care that someone leaves a dog in a hot car than they would not help a child or a older person this is not good for walmart and i will stop shopping at walmart

  56. Avatar Of Debra Cress

    Debra Cress

    says:

    Well im with all of you this is uncalled for wal-mart is so stupid this should never have happened thay need to change their rules if thay wont to stay in business i hate wal-mart and i hope thay got broke.Give the dam job’s back to these people the man sam walton that started wal-mart loved his dog old roy was his name i guess the children and grand children dont give a shit about animals well you no what we dont give a shit about you either boy cot dont give them a penny.

  57. Avatar Of Lonesome Wolf

    Lonesome Wolf

    says:

    So, next time don’t approach the customer, just call the police.

  58. Avatar Of Joan Pyke

    Joan Pyke

    says:

    I’d like to see Walmart, whether located in Canada or the U.S. handle this situation appropriately. They need to alert their management that this was totally wrong: from the firing of this helpful employee who cared, to her manager who dropped the ball prior. Certainly they can re-teach everyone working for Walmart (top to bottom) about humane standards … this should NOT be so difficult. And calling this “rudeness” to a customer is absurd. Had this animal/dog died in the car would they still say this caring female employee was “rude”? Dear God, teach them and let them learn will you please!!

  59. Avatar Of Audette

    Audette

    says:

    That’s it with Walmart or any other store that thinks animal abuse is not their business will not shop there again. I called the cops from a cvs yesterday 4 the same reason the ,lady behind the counter didn’t want to call the cops but she did I would of called them but forgot my cell phone at home. the hell with walmart

  60. Avatar Of Lynne

    Lynne

    says:

    Lock the manager in the car with the windows rolled up and leave him there for a few hours, and see how he likes it!

  61. the managers are useless and so are the police for not arresting t
    he people who are leaving their dogs in the hot automobiles

  62. Avatar Of Joann Rhew Joann Rhew says:

    what is wrong with people???When you have a pet you as a human being are totally responsable for it just as you would be if you had a child.The lady who reported the poor dog suffacating in that car should have been given a raise and an award for being a desent human being.

  63. Avatar Of Erin Farnsworth

    Erin Farnsworth

    says:

    An animal left in a hot car is everyones business because some people are to too stupid to get it that it is like sticking your pets in an oven. I praise that employee!

  64. Avatar Of Dawn

    Dawn

    says:

    This woman was not working at the time..it was a half hour before her shift, so she was not bound by store protocol, and was perfectly within her legal rights to do what she did…and should be suing Walmart for wrongful termination, and animal abuse, since they are perfectly fine with leaving the dog there if the owner doesn’t respond to a “kind suggestion”!!

  65. Avatar Of Gina

    Gina

    says:

    30 minutes before her shift? So she was doing this on her own time, which at that point is her own business and her right. Unless Walmart is bigger than individual rights and freedoms these days?

  66. Avatar Of Linda

    Linda

    says:

    I don’t think that you will find the same reaction from Walmart managers everywhere. The manager she reported the other incident to should have been reprimanded for not responding. How do they think their other valued customers would feel upon seeing a dead dog in a car? The managers are idiots for punishing an employee for doing the right thing, especially when trying to follow protocol has not worked in the past. Perhaps the people in this location need to stand on the street near Walmart with signs voicing their opinions of the actions taken. Customers need to let that store manager know how they would feel if they found a dog dying or dead in a car. By the store not taking action, it makes it the responsibility of a customer in the parking lot to report such things. Most of us think if we go in and make a report about something taking place in a walmart parking lot, that something will be done about it. Shame on you Kemptville, Ontario Walmart!

  67. This is why i ditched walmart yrs ago. Its been going on too long.

  68. Avatar Of Cathy

    Cathy

    says:

    It is pretty hard to say taht I won’t shop at Walmart, because they have monoplized most areas. However, I will TRY NOT to. This is absolutely horrible. I cannot believe that someone would fire an employee for attempting to save a life of an animal. I wonder how it would have been treated if it were a baby; bottom line is BOTH are helpless! Disappointing that society has become what it is!

  69. Avatar Of Roxthewats

    roxthewats

    says:

    We need petitions, and signs, not everyone is aware of this type of thing happening. I know I will not be shopping their any more, however I may just post a few signs so others are aware of the unethical rules of the corp.

  70. Avatar Of Sandy

    Sandy

    says:

    I was shopping a Walmart 2 weeks ago and saw a dog in a car in a handicap parking space. Hot Weather! I stood by and waiting for the driver for 15 minutes and then went in to the service desk with the plate number and told the gentlemen to page the owner of the vehicle. He gave me a funny look when I told him some ass had left his dog in the car in hot weather, windows barly cracked and if he didn’t call, I was calling the police. He paged and I waited outside. When the man and lady came out, I told them to leave the dog home next time because if I saw it again, I was calling the police and I had their plate number and was calling anyway to let someone know. This is B.S.

  71. Avatar Of Relta Cool

    Relta Cool

    says:

    This is so wrong, the employee has not done nothing wrong that anyone in their right minds would have done, I know I would have reported it. Everyone needs to be told, even if it’s that they get caught doing it, but it’s not safe for any animal to be locked up in a hot car. The employee reported to a supervisor, the supervisor could have gone out and took down the license plate number and then took the time and called it over the loud speaker for the one owning that car, would come to the front of Walmart, then they could have informed the owners they need to take care of the matter or the police would be called. But not fire a employee because she called the police to save a animals life.

  72. Avatar Of Gayle

    Gayle

    says:

    This was one manager in one store. Many who leave animals and people in cars are reported by Walmart…. Customers claim we (associates) are rude to get their way all the time, and unless it was horrendous or there were other factors, we aren’t fired for it. Typically, if one is fired, he/she can access higher levels to fight it… These are often responsive. The millions of Walmart employees certainly hope you continue to shop there… We hope to keep our jobs…. Most of us actually like working there… Including the opportunities we have for charitable activities.

    • Avatar Of Bren909

      Bren909

      says:

      You’re right.

      Walmart’s reply:

      This is in reference to a recent story in the media about our Kemptville store in Canada. We want you to know that the associate in question was absolutely not let go for trying to help a dog in a hot car.

      The decision to dismiss an associate is one that we take extremely seriously and must follow a comprehensive process. However, out of respect for the associate and for privacy reasons we cannot provide specifics about why this associate was let go.

      For more information, visit: walmartcanada.ca/Pages/Press%20Releases/Article/169/188/180

  73. Avatar Of Katie Katie says:

    First it is soooo wrong of walmart. I go to Walmart every week @ least
    4 times a week. I think /know i will have spend a lil more at the winne dixie until they bring that employee back n get rid of the store manager there. And hell I’m unemployeed but if we dont make a stand big bussiness
    will always do what they want to us.

  74. Avatar Of William Ferguson

    William Ferguson

    says:

    F|_|CK walmart !

  75. Avatar Of Rutheann

    Rutheann

    says:

    I hope someone will recognize the value in this young lady and her efforts to do good by saving this pup! I pray someone will come forward and give her a good job. She is so deserving of better treatment and should be rewarded for saving the dog! I pray for her future be good! Many employers would love to have her….

  76. Avatar Of Marty

    Marty

    says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!??!?! Walmart portrays itself as being committed to and caring about the needs of its community. Well, listen to this Walmart….Pets are part of anyone’s family. And, when pet lovers and caring people, such as this employee, see eminent danger (such as certain death for a pet), they will take action. It would be unbecomming to her just to ignore the fact that locking a dog in a car in hot weather would have meant certain death.
    I have a Walmart Neighborhood Market (small version) grocery store withing 3/4 mile from my house. I get groceries, pet products, prescriptions from this store. I literally go there 4-5 times per week and spend money. Hopefully Walmart will do the right thing and bring this caring employee back. But, until then, I will begin shopping at the local Smith’s/Kroger market 2 miles from my house.

  77. Avatar Of Silvia G. Soos-Kazel

    Silvia G. Soos-Kazel

    says:

    As most shopping centers, malls and individual stores have police monitoring
    their parking lots and especially for those parking illegally in handicapped
    designated spots, so should the police be monitoring individual cars where
    pets and also children are locked in without appropriate climate control, be it
    a hot summer day or frigid winter day. If Wal-Mart is washing their hands of
    moral obligations and not wanting to upset a customer, they should then at least
    make sure they have sufficient policing of their parking lot at all times!

  78. Avatar Of Paul

    Paul

    says:

    She should have called anonymously.

  79. Avatar Of Susanna Chapman

    Susanna Chapman

    says:

    Just last week I too saw a dog locked in a car at Walmart. When I asked the employees to page the owners of the vehicle they told me they could not “cause conflict”. The result was that I called 911 and then waited by the car, the owner arrived before animal protection, He told me it was not that hot, it was hot. Clearly Walmart is not concerned about life safety issues. Another reason not to shop there. By the way I did contact corporate. This is clearly a Walmart policy, not specific to one store.

  80. Avatar Of Naomi Naomi says:

    Another idiot move from Walmart. How would they like a boycott????

  81. Avatar Of Brenda Goodrich

    Brenda Goodrich

    says:

    I viewed the story regarding the dog which was left in the car,in Ontario.This dog,could have died in the time frame which the “protocol” which Walmart requires.If this were an infant or toddler,or an elderly person?hmm? what would be the response! This employee needs to have a great lawyer to show you stupid, self serving “Upper management” what you need to learn.Have compassion for all! animals included..

  82. Avatar Of Amy White

    Amy White

    says:

    The employees were correct and Walmart was WRONG again! Stop being overactive as in the Paula Deen case and now the dos being left in the cars. Just where do you get off telling an employee not to act their conscious. No more Walmart shopping for me!! You as a company have reached my limit!
    Amy White

  83. Avatar Of Melody Meile

    Melody Meile

    says:

    Those people should be getting an award for calling the cops, not fired!!! Walmart sucks!!!!! What would happen if it was a child? Stupidity!!!

  84. Avatar Of Margaret Margaret says:

    Ok everybody band together..post the phone numbers to that walmart that doesn’t care about dogs…post the numbers to corp..and up the food chain…if everybody take a dog to walmart and states that it is an assist dog they have to let it thru the doors…dog owners do this let walmart know we do care about our animals for they have feeling to…take the dogs make the calls…or pick a day for dog owners to take their dogs and stand in front of all walmarts thru out the country make a day of it hold signs and no not all patrons of walmart are not always right…it wouldn’t matter if she was rude what matters is the dog owner that left is dog in the truck was an ass….find out his name and put it on posters letting his friends, and family members and even his neighbors know that it was him that left the dog and cost a person their job because he was an ass….

  85. Avatar Of Steve

    Steve

    says:

    @Emily: Don’t know exactly where you live but I’m from Detroit which is not all that far south of Kempington, ON. The last few days it has been well into the 90’s and only today has it cooled off to around 80. Are you certain it was only 73 at the time and place this dog was locked in the car?? I find that to be highly unlikely. Even if that were true, in direct sunlight it wouldn’t take long for the interior of a car to reach 100+. Just saying.

  86. Avatar Of Paul Biller

    Paul Biller

    says:

    This is inexcusable. Everyone with half a brain know how hot it gets in a car. This employee did the right thing and was punished for it. Shame on you, Walmart!

  87. Avatar Of Bev Johnson

    Bev Johnson

    says:

    What do you expect? WalMart backed Michael Vick….the animal abuser. They also dumped Paula Dean. What a bunch of losers! I have to have an absolute emergency to shop there!

  88. Avatar Of Pat Pat says:

    They did the right thing. Seems like the manger doesn’t care. It takes people like that to defend a animal. I know what its like. If we see a child being abused we should step in, with animals also that is what we should do .

  89. Avatar Of Pam Goldman

    Pam Goldman

    says:

    Just another reason NOT to shop at Walmart!

  90. Avatar Of Dc Matthews

    DC Matthews

    says:

    Does the area or Canada have a law against this? If so, it seems she has a right to report and an employer can not block legal rights to report a crime/ animal welfare concern.

  91. Avatar Of Mwilkes

    mwilkes

    says:

    If I were a Walmart employee. I would call a friend and have the friend report it to me. Why would someone want to work for such a company.

  92. Avatar Of Marian Bonanno

    Marian Bonanno

    says:

    Hopefully,more mature thinking will come from the head honchos. I generally try not to shp at WalMart because I don’t think they care about their employees or customers. But sometimes I have to. Please,WalMart Corporate,she was trying to help this poor animal. Don’t make her suffer because she cares.

  93. Avatar Of Lorene Lake

    Lorene Lake

    says:

    This is why I won’t spend a dime of my hard earned money at WalMart. For someone to get fired from their job trying to help is ridiculous. The guy that owned the dog should have the dog taken away from him. What a as????!. Put him in the truck and close the windows and see how long he lasts. He was more than likely angry because he got caught, so lets blame something on the employee to cover up his wrong doings……..WalMart you are as bad as this jerk……Never.never shop at WalMart!

  94. Avatar Of Meriva

    Meriva

    says:

    How can Walmart think that someone is being disrespected when an employee approaches someone about something like this and at that she approached him before her shift. I would have just called the cops. Walmart you have no common care or regard for animals let alone a human. Every time I shop, but one time in many years all most all of the employees are rude and your are to high priced for me. All Walmart’s should take a lesson form the one manager that was nice to me and cared about my complaint. Walmart is getting to were I never want to step into another one.

    • Avatar Of Kathy S

      Kathy S

      says:

      Just because she said that’s why she got fired doesn’t mean it’s true … Somebody says something and u people jump on it … Maybe I can just start a tyrant saying the grass is blue and the sky is green … Would that start a bad mouthing of the sky and grass .. Come on people get real !!!

    • Avatar Of Bren909

      Bren909

      says:

      Walmart has a policy. She didn’t follow the policy. She can be fired.

      • Avatar Of Safety First

        Safety first

        says:

        Bren 909, she was an employee of Walmart, but not clocked in. She can do what she wants on her own time, without adhering to Walmart policies. Imagine if that were your dog being baked alive. Would you refer to a policy? I think not.

  95. Avatar Of Raquel

    Raquel

    says:

    Emily are you serious right now? If It was me I would sue them.

  96. Avatar Of Emily

    Emily

    says:

    How is 73 degrees a hot car? Read the weather report people. This is CANADA. Look at this city on weather.com ITS NOT HOT THERE RIGHT NOW. USE COMMON SENSE. This woman is militant. You watch the car with the dog and if the owner isn’t back in 5 minutes, then you can spazz out, but you do not get into confrontations with people on a cool day when they haven’t done anything wrong yet.

    • Avatar Of Kathy

      Kathy

      says:

      This is a quote from the Web site Redrover.org:

      “A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all.”

      Please don’t condone these inconsiderate idiots. THERE SIMPLY IS NO EXCUSE TO LEAVE YOUR PET OR YOUR CHILD (FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME) IN AN UNATTENDED CAR IN WARM WEATHER!

      Got it????

    • Avatar Of Joe

      Joe

      says:

      Emily,the outside temperature is not the same as the temperature inside a car. At 73 degrees, the temp inside a car can be as high as 100.
      FYI

  97. Avatar Of Paula

    paula

    says:

    Walmart is a crap place to shop and work for obvious reasons…This person did the right thing and though she was fired she saved that dog…People who shop at walmart do not care about leaving the dogs in a hot car.

    • Avatar Of Jake Labrador

      Jake Labrador

      says:

      So….you’re gonna judge the Millions of people who shop at Walmart by one asshole????.

  98. Avatar Of Vickie

    Vickie

    says:

    I will boycott walmart!

    • Avatar Of Lisa Kishimoto

      lisa kishimoto

      says:

      i have been boycotting them for a yr and guess what. i def can manage without there cheap ass shit from china

  99. Avatar Of Kristin White

    Kristin White

    says:

    Walmart = Goliath We the people can take ’em down…. Speak for those who have no words…

  100. Avatar Of Tim

    Tim

    says:

    It happened prior to her shift even starting … WalMart has not a leg to stand on. Either does the employee. Here is why … It is employment at will for the employee. If WalMart doesn’t like the way she dresses, the way she speaks, the color of her skin, her gender, her political views etc. etc. etc. then corporate America can make up any excuse in the book a hand you papers. If specifically they said she was rude to that particular customer … it was prior to working hours and she could of smashed in the guys window, kick him in the wake up call and throw profanity in his face etc. etc. etc., because it all happened prior to being on the clock. Just because it was on store premises, it was not while they were paying the employee. I haven’t shopped there in so long because of the CNBC special on business practices for selecting the products put on their shelves and the amount of mom and pop stores made in China-Mart repositioned.

  101. Avatar Of Jackie

    Jackie

    says:

    This is so sad. The news media and police here urge people to call in and report it if they see a dog (or child) left in a hot car. Thirty minutes before her shift, unless she was in uniform, she was a private citizen. I would sue Wal-Mart and make more from than she could earn in years from the money grubbing Walton kids! Poor Sam would roll over in his grave if he could see how they have changed HIS business!!!

  102. Avatar Of Dee

    Dee

    says:

    I hope these employees sue WalMart and the courts make WalMart put a plan into effect where they have to do community service to make people aware of the gruesome danger this poses for all dogs left in cars. Also, they should change the reporting to: CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY. And…fire that stupid manager that said ‘not our business’. He should be left in a hot car for awhile.

  103. Avatar Of Carol

    carol

    says:

    Walmart, this is rediculous. Not only did you sell pet treats from China, now your employees get in trouble for reporting dogs locked in car. Why doesn’t the CEO of Walmart go out and sit in a hot car for half hour to hour with windows down an inch and parked in sun and it is 98 degrees out. At least you can sweat; but dogs can’t. You are just as stupid as the people that leave their pets in their cars. Why don’t you play a video of the vet that teaches people about leaving pets in cars as they enter the store? Do you not sell pet supplies. Stop being so uncaring.

    • Avatar Of Jake Labrador

      Jake Labrador

      says:

      Walmart wasn’t the only store selling dog food with Chinese ingredients. I wanted the best for my dog so I only fed him Eukanuba which is a premium dog food and only sold at pet stores. Eukanuba as well as other premium brands had contaminated stuff from China in it. He died of Cancer in 2007,as did many dogs back then.
      This incident in Canada was a local decision by an asshole store manager.
      Those who hate Walmart because they are non-union won’t shop there anyway.

      • Avatar Of Brenda

        Brenda

        says:

        the only GOOD thing about Walmart is that they remain NON-UNION. Unions had a place back in the 30’s…not anymore….all they seem to do now is protect the people that are inept or have been promoted past their level of competancy. I am glad I can afford to shop around and do not rely on Walmart for anything.

  104. I think the employees should be given a bonus & a plack for caring so much. God bless them for their kind hearts and Walmart you will no longer have my business and anyone else I can tell about your firing of employees.

  105. Avatar Of Mary Mary says:

    Am I the only one that caught the “about 30 minutes before her shift”? It would seem to me that she was on her own time and can do anything she wants within the law….how sad…what if this had been a child? Would she still gotten fired? I love my dog as much as all my family members and would be so sad if something happened to her. Most of the people I know that have animals feel the same way about them. I applaud her and hope she gets an attorney that sues the pants off of that Manager…

  106. Avatar Of Gina

    Gina

    says:

    OK. I called Bentonville, AR
    Rep knew about this going viral and it’s on the “Yahoo news” as well. Said they were getting phone calls about it.
    Spokesperson said there is MORE to the story and that this young woman was not fired for the dog incident. I asked if it was because she was “rude” to a customer? She said that Walmart will be making a press statement and soon.
    I asked about the young man that was “let go” before he worked out his notice. She said didn’t know about his incidence. Comments she made sounded scripted.

    • Avatar Of Christine

      Christine

      says:

      A lot of Walmart Big Wigs will deny a lot of things so as not to let the truth get out and they lose customers. My sister and and son work at Walmart and the idiotic, make no sense things that go on there will amaze you. But yeah, since Sam Walton died all hell broke loose with these Walmart places. Even the employees that think oh nothing will happen to me will get screwed. Get hurt pretty good and watch what happens. Your injury will not exist and since they are a big company they will deny your injury claim and get away with it, unless you are bigger than Walmart. So don’t think for one moment Walmart is all that great, because they are not. I have seen even better prices than what they got at other stores. They want to make sure they make that almighty dollar to build more Walmart stores at other places. We are being used and abused by them.

  107. Avatar Of Lily

    Lily

    says:

    Petition! Petition! Petition!

  108. Avatar Of Dee

    Dee

    says:

    I had the same problem at a Publix Supermarket. They don’t care about that at all! If it was a kid oh yeah they will intervene and do something. Changes NEED to be made! This is happening more often now.

  109. Avatar Of Michele

    Michele

    says:

    Just one more reason why I boycott Walmart.

  110. Avatar Of Mindy

    Mindy

    says:

    Lets close some Walmarts so dogs don’t have to die, all they care about is the possibility of losing a customer. I hope this goes viral and that customer who was probably rude to the employee is a big enough person to admit he was wrong and also give Walmart a tongue lashing. I hope people really stick together and send a strong message to Walmart.

    • Avatar Of Kathy S

      Kathy S

      says:

      I work at a Walmart in ny … Been there 14 yrs. same store … Our policy is not to say anything to the customer but get with a manger and yes !!!! Managers at my store do call the police … Weather it be dog , cat, child or elderly … I have health insurance , profit share , 401, stake holders dental !!! People should get facts before talking … Oh by the way I also make good money there … I support my family with no help from the state or anybody else !!!
      And people talking closing these stores???? Really and put all the innocent people out of work nice call ….

      • Avatar Of Kathy S

        Kathy S

        says:

        Oh and people leaving animals in cars happen at a lot of stores not just Walmart … I don’t like people leaving dogs in the car ..but don’t take it out on all the employees …

  111. Avatar Of Lora Wells

    Lora Wells

    says:

    Yet ANOTHER incident of Walmart being the uncaring ASS that they are!!! All they care about is the almighty $$!!! Since Sam Walton died, this company has gone to hell in a handbasket!

  112. Avatar Of Katrina

    katrina

    says:

    Shame on the human that fired her instead of phrasing her.. She has a golden heart thank you for that…

  113. Avatar Of Jeff Dranetz Jeff Dranetz says:

    I have something better than a boycott. A boycott isn’t going to get noticed. If sales go down, people get laid off, innocent people. I say, call the store, en mass, chew out the store manager. After 150 calls he should see the error of his ways. Call the district office, same thing. Call the regional office, same thing. Call corporate. You get the picture. If a hundred and fifty people decide to stop shopping at that store, it will be unnoticed. But, if a 150 people relentlessly called the store, and every office up the chain, that will be noticed.

  114. Avatar Of Ann-Marie

    Ann-Marie

    says:

    I am glad I started boycotting walmart 6 years ago – no way will I give them a single cent of my money, and this is even more reason to do so.

  115. Show Walmart your disdain for their inhumane policies by not shopping there!!!!

    • Avatar Of Greg

      Greg

      says:

      I’m not sure that Walmart are being inhumane, as the origins of the word relate to humans only. However their actions are definitely not what I’d expect from an organisation operating in the developed world.

  116. Avatar Of Steven

    Steven

    says:

    That thread read my piece and came back with this,
    The Kindness Page Please contact corporate 1-800-WALMART (925-6278) or fill out their feedback form with your thoughts.

    corporate.walmart.com/contact-us/store-corporate-feedback
    Walmart Corporate
    corporate.walmart.com
    Find Walmart executive speeches, financial reports, press releases, downloadable photos and videos, and see an interactive map of our locations around the world.

    • Avatar Of Kris

      kris

      says:

      thank you..ignore my previous post…

    • Avatar Of Dee Wheat

      Dee Wheat

      says:

      Honestly…..I can tell you that calling or emailing them is an exercise in futility. Personal experience, and my arms would fall off before I got to the end of any of several anecdotes. My advice? If they fire you, call the media and an attorney.

    • Avatar Of Christine Eustaquio

      Christine Eustaquio

      says:

      I just left my comments with Walmart, hopefully those who think this is an outrage should do the same. Thank you for that Walmart link.

      Folks, please write to Walmart and make your sentiments clear to them. I just told them i will urge my friends to stop patronizing Walmart.

    • Avatar Of Tony

      Tony

      says:

      The only issue is that wallmart site will not allow you to comment from Canada you must have a US address and Zip code.

    • Avatar Of Bren909

      Bren909

      says:

      Walmart’s reply:

      This is in reference to a recent story in the media about our Kemptville store in Canada. We want you to know that the associate in question was absolutely not let go for trying to help a dog in a hot car.

      The decision to dismiss an associate is one that we take extremely seriously and must follow a comprehensive process. However, out of respect for the associate and for privacy reasons we cannot provide specifics about why this associate was let go.

      For more information, visit: walmartcanada.ca/Pages/Press%20Releases/Article/169/188/180

    • Avatar Of Brenda

      Brenda

      says:

      I can actually say that I emailed Walmart once to complain about the desperately inferior quality of their vegetable bags and counter plastic bags and they replied……weeks later. I had to double bag vegetables and fruit and the bags still dropped my three medium sized tomatoes on the floor. They got back to me with a reply three weeks later and wanted me to send them the bags I was complaining about. Right….who would keep the bags that had holes in them for three weeks?? They might as well have not bothered to reply….

  117. Avatar Of Boni

    Boni

    says:

    Screw You WalMart..I’ll go to Target

    • Avatar Of Steven

      Steven

      says:

      Good luck with that Boni, Target is so squeaky clean.
      Target has been sending literature to their managers to teach them about multiculturalism. Turns out that it may have backfired as they are now being charged for racism in the very document meant to diffuse racism. Irony.

      Here’s an excerpt from the lawsuit:

      “This document instructs managers to note differences among Hispanic employees, and states the following:

      “a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
      “b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
      “c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
      “d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
      “e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
      “f. They may say ‘OK, OK’ and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face.”

      From Gawker:

      Three former Target warehouse employees are suing the retail chain, claiming they were fired after complaining about a racist training document used at a California distribution center.

      Molly Snyder, a spokesman for Target, confirmed that the document had been used at the center. She added that the company was taking responsibility for the document, though she noted it was not part of any “formal or company-wide training.” From Snyder’s statement:

      “It is never Target’s intent to offend our team members or guests and we apologize. The content of the document referenced is not representative of who Target is. We strive at all times to be a place where our team and guests feel welcome, valued and respected. This document, which was used during conversations at one distribution center, was never part of any formal or company-wide training. We take accountability for its contents and are truly sorry.”

  118. Avatar Of Steven

    Steven

    says:

    What I wrote on another thread,
    “Sorry, she directly refused to do as her manager asked. And he fired her, it was not “Walmart”. This happened this week I am sure this has not run it’s course. Instead of pissing and moaning about Walmart why don’t you do something to actually help the situation? Email or phone the company headquarters, tell them you are unhappy with this decision, ask them what their company policy is when people endanger their animals on company property, ask them to put a policy in place if the do not have one. Point out this is not a hypothetical situation, it happens daily, across the country. That would help more than anything else I have read here. Use the power of the internet to do something positive. If thousands would do this the company will take into account the PR problem.”

    • Avatar Of Kris

      kris

      says:

      why don’t you leave the info in the post you just wrote so people can do that..

    • Avatar Of Terri TERRI says:

      THIS BIT OF SAD FOR THE DOG NEWS IS NOTHING REALLY. WALMART THINKS THEY DO NOTHING WRONG,THEY ARE HERO’S WHEN THEY GET A NAME TAG AND TITLE ON THEIR BLUE TOPS, THEY DON’T REALLY CARE OR GIVE A CRAP ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR STRUGGLE TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN. SOMEONE SHOULD GO AROUND EVERY WALMART PARKING LOT A FEW TIES A DAY OR MORE AND SEE WHAT THEY REALLY HAVE GOING ON ON THE WALMART PROPERTY. DOGS/KIDS/ELDERLY AND SO ON. YOU WOULD BE TOTALLY SHOCKED AS I AM. YEP DID A FEW TIMES AND CAN N OT BELIEVE A EMPLOYEE GETS FIRED? OH WAIT A MINUTE THIS IS WALMART WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT? LOL. THEY ARE HEARTLESS FOR SURE.

    • Avatar Of Jim

      Jim

      says:

      They fired another for reporting about dog locked in a car… ALSO…. As stated she followed protocall before and was told to not worry about it, not our business… Why don’t YOU go & take your dog up there & lock it up in their parking lot & while you’re at it thank the manager for not caring…

  119. Avatar Of Steven

    Steven

    says:

    Feel free Tia, just don’t expect most of the country to agree with you.

  120. Avatar Of Carla Brown

    carla brown

    says:

    I have friends in Kemptville and will dutilly report this to them. I know that they will boycot that damned store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Avatar Of Debbie

    debbie

    says:

    she can be proud of the reason she was fired shame on those Managers

    • Avatar Of Torryh

      TorryH

      says:

      Pride, unfortunately, does not put food on the table or pay the rent. Walmart needs to stand behind its employees and behind the police when they tell people to break windows if necessary to save trapped pets or children. Walmart should not worry so much about losing the custom of customers who have no sense of responsibility to pets and/or children. If they can’t look after their pets and children properly they should not have them, and if Walmart cannot look after their employees with respect they should be in front of the Labour Board explaining why. They already have several black marks against them for the way they treat their employees. They need to wise up.

  122. Avatar Of 4Skwirt

    4Skwirt

    says:

    Kemptville, Ontario Walmart ~~~ SHAME ON YOU FOR THIS. BOYCOTTING YOU FOREVER!

  123. Avatar Of Tia

    Tia

    says:

    Everyone needs to STOP shoppin at WALMART now!!!!

    • Avatar Of Alex

      alex

      says:

      put that asshole manager in the truck…im not shopping at wallmart any more,,,204 390 5724

      • Avatar Of Janice

        Janice

        says:

        AMEN!!!!!! TOTALLY AGREE WITH TIA AND ALEX!!!

      • Avatar Of Kathy Kathy says:

        I agree with you totally. Not just the manager, but the dog’s owner as well. Wonder how long they would last?

      • Avatar Of Edd

        Edd

        says:

        Really? How will you no longer shopping at WalMart solve the problem of pets (or children) being left in hot vehicles? This only happens at WalMart stores? Managers at other chain stores run right out and take care of it? WalMart is the only chain that has bad managers? As far as the employee who was fired .. she did not follow the prescribed procedure. If she was fired she must have had other incidents on her record. WalMart has a progressive discipline procedure in place and they do not usually terminate on the first offense.

        • Avatar Of Deboah Deboah says:

          I agree, put the manager’s in the car w/windows rolled up. I also agree everyone should quit shopping @ walmart. They suck every way possible.

        • Avatar Of Ken

          ken

          says:

          edd, you are an idiot. walmart does not have a “PROGRESSIVE” discipline program in place and that should not matter the manager needs to get some balls and support his associate in this manner it is the right thing to do.

          • Avatar Of Morgan

            Morgan

            says:

            If it were me, I would have put a brick through the window to give the dog some air, a Newfoundland has a very heavy black coat that doesn’t dissipate heat very well, then called the cops. Walmart has its head up its ass on this one.

        • Avatar Of Rick

          rick

          says:

          Yes they will my niece was fired for something she did not do by the pharmacy manager, and the store manager would not even look at the survalance video to verify her side of it. Needless to say walMart managers do not care about there employees.

        • Avatar Of Faith

          Faith

          says:

          Well Edd, are you the walmart manager that did this??? If not you can not state why the employee was fired, you cannot state she had anything else on her record for being fired , i hope she sues the crap out of walmart for losing her job , and also comes and finds you to tell you what an ass you are. No it does not only happen at walmart,, but this is only one example of why some people try at first to follow procedures and it doesnt work i would have done the same thing if the manager had turned me away .

        • Avatar Of Lesb

          LesB

          says:

          Problems with reading comprehension? There are remedial courses available!

          It stated int the article that she did follow protocol in a previous dog-locked-in-car incident and was told that it was none of their business and nothing was done to save the dog.

          Read the article before posting!

        • Avatar Of Reuben Hunt

          reuben hunt

          says:

          Is it Walmart Corporate policy to not allow an employee to report a crime without the Managers permission? 🙂 If so they could be subject to some hefty fines. Isn’t a managers first job to protect the store? How does exposing the store to these fines for the sake of 1 or 2 customers help the store?

    • Avatar Of Pat

      Pat

      says:

      I just can’t believe what I have just read, I hope the manager gets fired and they get there job back.OMG someone better check on this Walmart to see if this is there rules and if so I won’t shop there anymore. I would have done the same thing the employees did.

    • Avatar Of Lin

      Lin

      says:

      I wish I lived in that town. I would be in that parking lot every day looking for dogs locked in hot cars. If anyone should have been fired it should have been the idiot, insensitive manager who said it was none of their business.

    • Avatar Of Nancy Natoli

      Nancy Natoli

      says:

      Never shop there again

    • Avatar Of Bren909

      Bren909

      says:

      Here’s Walmart’s reply:

      This is in reference to a recent story in the media about our Kemptville store in Canada. We want you to know that the associate in question was absolutely not let go for trying to help a dog in a hot car.

      The decision to dismiss an associate is one that we take extremely seriously and must follow a comprehensive process. However, out of respect for the associate and for privacy reasons we cannot provide specifics about why this associate was let go.

      For more information, visit: walmartcanada.ca/Pages/Press%20Releases/Article/169/188/180

      • Avatar Of Patricia Post

        Patricia Post

        says:

        That’s a load of crap! Walmart would have fired her if she warned someone about an infant in the car. All they care about is their almighty dollar. I know! I slaved there for twelve years. I shop at Target now!

        • Avatar Of Edd

          Edd

          says:

          Disgruntled former employee .. probably also fired after a long line of misconduct and malfeasance.

          • Avatar Of Mary

            Mary

            says:

            Ed you are a jacka$$

          • Avatar Of Rose

            Rose

            says:

            Not true. When I lived in Texas literally 4 of my friends worked at walmart, and as far as I know still do.

            Many people they knew were fired for very poor reason, 3 of which hadn’t even worked long enough to make any mistakes. Actually, there’s many news articles about the crap walmart does that was done by reporters who decided to work there, so unless you educate yourself on these, I suggest you keep your opinions to yourself.

      • Avatar Of Sharon

        Sharon

        says:

        COWARDS!!!

        WHEN YOU KNOW YOU’VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG AND DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAP YOU COME UP WITH.

      • Avatar Of J Mowat

        J Mowat

        says:

        You are full of it… all animals need to be looked after. Any person leaving their dog in a car in hot weather needs to be persecuted for animal abuse.

    • Avatar Of Sharon Driber

      sharon Driber

      says:

      Not worth the job a walmart.will not shop this store

    • Avatar Of Janney

      janney

      says:

      I Agree everyone should boycott the Walmart Stores!1 Let them sell their stuff back to where it was made in CHINA!!!

    • Avatar Of Dawn Reardon

      Dawn Reardon

      says:

      I am a longterm walmart customer but officially not again….I live in Arizona….have seen this at Kmart too….I went in the store asked for a manager and asked for them to announce the car and plate number over the intercom and to come to the front….they refused and said, they could not do that…..well, I called the police, went back in the store and walked up and down the aisles shouting the car and plate, the dog and that I was about to go break the window, legally, to save the dog, mind you did that as the police were coming in the lot so when they ran out in a panic…filmed by me of course, they could not run:_ I no longer shop there either. I suggest everyone truly take a STAND flood them with letters, emails, calls of course they won’t answer or be available…cowards and evil never is….and EDD, dude, you really think that this employee MUST have done something…..come on, happens everyday in good ole USA….s

    • Avatar Of Star Logan

      Star Logan

      says:

      Yeah stop going to Walmart, punish all the other employees who work there…. or something.
      I’m sure she will sue and win, and it saddens me. Because people like you with all the irrelevant touchy feely crap will be the jury, and see Walmart as the big fat cooperate pig to be downsized for no other reason than protecting its OTHER employees with trying to establish a good relationship with its customers. Yes even the bad evil customers, because the people that depend on them are worth it… but you all don’t see it that way huh.
      None of you know the conditions of this dog, but I can assume it was not at one time under any distress. But hey, lets root for the Walmart employee who is so self righteous in pointing out the customers of Walmart their flaws as human beings and as dog owners.

      • Avatar Of Rose

        Rose

        says:

        I’d love to hear you say that about every dog that ever lost it’s life because of idiots like the dog owner in this story.

        Would you be saying the same thing if it was a toddler or a baby in a car?

    • Avatar Of Tom

      Tom

      says:

      And the thing is she wasn’t even on the clock (working) so how can she get fired, and don’t the employees at Walmart have a union that protects them against this crap?

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