Walmart is making headlines for firing its employees for seemingly petty reasons just days before Christmas.
Michael Walsh, of Schenectady, New York, was a maintenance worker at Walmart for 18 years. According to Syracuse.com, the 45-year-old man was fired because he waited 30 minutes to turn in $350 in cash that a store customer had misplaced in the store parking lot.
"The only thing I did wrong was hesitate," Walsh told Syracuse.com. "I didn't steal anything. They didn't give me any warning. They just fired me."
Walsh said he was doing his job, which involved gathering shopping carts scattered throughout the parking lot, when he noticed a small stack of bills. He picked up the money and counted $350.Walsh then went into the store to hand the lost money to a manager.
But Walsh, who has anxiety issues, became frightened when he saw a woman yelling at a manager about money she had lost.
"I kind of froze and didn't want any trouble," Walsh told Syracuse.com.
Walsh waited 30 minutes before handing the money in. But his management thought the delay was suspicious and fired him for gross misconduct.
Walsh, who made $14.35 an hour and supported his disabled wife with his income, was left without a job.
Walsh isn't the only Walmart employee who has recently been canned for strange reasons. That same day, Thomas Smith, a 52-year-old Walmart employee in Syracuse was fired for redeeming discarded cans found in the store parking lot.
The value of the cans amounted to a mere $5, but Walmart reportedly deemed it cause to fire Smith, who had recently been hired by the store and had been trying to get his life back on track after spending 15 years in prison for armed robbery.
"I didn't know you couldn't take empties left behind. They were garbage," Smith told the Times-Union. "I didn't even get a chance to explain myself. They told me to turn in my badge."
For Walsh, it was a similar experience.
"They didn't let me explain and said they knew what happened,” Walsh told Syracuse.com. “They told me how it happened in a way they wanted it to go.”