Skip to comments.Walmart Employee Warns Customer About Dog Locked in [hot] Car, Loses Job
Posted on 07/12/2013 10:32:57 PM PDT by grundle
Carla Cheney, a former Walmart employee from Kemptville, Canada, claims she was fired for alerting a customer that he shouldn't leave his dog in a hot car.
On Wednesday, shortly before beginning her shift, Cheney saw the customer put his Newfoundlanda large breed with a heavy black coatin his truck and roll up the windows, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Cheney, who worked in the Walmart pharmacy, called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and later confronted the dog owner after he left the store, telling him that "he should not be leaving his dog in the car." He responded that it was none of her business.
Later that day, Cheney was called into her the office of her manager... The manager then told her she was fired...
Some estimates put the number of dogs that die each year from being left in a hot car in the thousands.
The Chicago Tribune reports that on an 85-degree day, the dashboard can heat up to 170 degrees in a mere 15 minutes.
... dogs don't perspire like humanswhich is one of the reasons why they can succumb to heatstroke in a matter of minutes
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I suspect it was the confrontation with the owner. It probably was not handled well.
No good deed goes unpunished. /s
I suspect no matter how well he handled it the owner would have complained.
Lately I have been hearing a great deal of negative reports about Walmart.
Maybe had she just left it with call the SPCA or Police there would be no problem, but she felt she had to confront the dog owner also. I applaud her calling in the case of abuse but she felt she had to be righteous in his face.
Why do you suppose that is?
Agreed. Citizens should always involve the authorities whenever they see anything, no matter how minor.
If you see something say something...
I have no idea, has something changed?
“Her manager then called her into his office later that same day, she said.
Cheney said that after the manager listened to her side of the story and asked if she would come to him with any problems in the future she said she wouldn’t because of his earlier inaction on the same issue the manager told her she was fired.
When she asked once again to be told why she was fired, he said she was fired for being rude to a customer, Cheney said.”
Seems like she was told by the manager to come to him first instead of confronting the customer, and she said she would not...
IF she wanted to really help the guy out instead of “report him”, she should have told him when she saw the dog in there, before he went into the store, “Hey, do you know you forgot to roll down your windows so your dog can handle the heat better?”
Simple helpful reminder instead of official snitch and bitch.
“The associate in question was absolutely not let go for trying to help a dog in a locked car,” the statement reads. “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.”
Walmart is on the liberal fecal matter list because they aren’t union, and are profitable, and are following the rules to avoid ObamaCare.
Granted, this happens to be a Canadian store, but the story can still be used for propaganda purposes.
Sounds like BS to me.
Leaving a dog in a car (with free water) where the interior temp is below 100 deg F will not kill the dog.
It used to be considered not only normal, but commendable, for citizens to speak directly through each other, and not dashing off to this government employee or that to tattle or snitch.
I think the employee’s attitude of saying the owner shouldn’t do something was the issue. I get irritated when people inform me of something in a manner that acts as though I am beholden to follow any and all orders they give me.
I think the appropriate manner for the employee to do this would have been, “Excuse me, I noticed your dog is inside a car on a hot day, did you forget to let one of the windows down a little?”
That said, the customer should not have reacted how he did.
Leaving a dog in a car (with free water) where the interior temp is below 100 deg F will not kill the dog
On a hot summer day temperature inside a car can be much higher than the outside temperature.
“Lately I have been hearing a great deal of negative reports about Walmart.”
Yes, they still are not unionized.
I used to have this job where I worked. I just fixed the computers but sometimes I had to deal with irate customers so that the front desk (all ladies) didn’t have to deal with them.
90 percent of the customers were perfectly fine. But the other 10 percent?
Personally, if it were me, and I had one of my staff on the firing line, put the customer on the blackout and leave it at that. Hand them back their money and tell them that they aren’t welcome there.
And I still think that is the right thing to do, but the story says she already contacted authorities, when she decided to confront the dog owner she was apparently in uniform in which case she was representing Walmart, like it or not. That is her action I disagree with, and as think someone stated, we don’t in what manner she spoke with the dog owner.
A higher body temperature has nothing to do with survivability in a hot car. It’s all about the air and even a lower-temperature day can cause stifling heat if the humidity is high.
In the current world, she probably should have removed her clothing, written save the dogs on her breasts, and thrown a brick through the window. She’d be a media hero!
Well, Laz and I would think her a hero. ... or heroine. ... or thorazine, or something.
I am offering a free broken window to anyone who leaves a dog to die in a hot car.
No company will ever tell the press or anyone other than the employee why that employee was fired. To many court cases have taught companies that it is not a good idea.
Thanks, I wasn’t aware that there was a smear campaign going on.
How about this, was she on the clock? Did her job description include the words “parking lot monitor”? Was she a shrill, intrusive bytch that the pharmacist had been trying to get rid of for months?
Agreed. Leave companies alone regarding hiring and firing decisions. Outside medling leads to problems for the free market.
It’s a number of things.
True, Walmart is still on the media’s hit-list for being non-union.
But looking at Walmart’s 10-K filings between this year and 2012, they’ve opened 137 new stores in America, while at the same time losing approximately 100,000 employees (an average loss of 36 employees per store). At the same time, lots of those workers have had their hours cut from full-time jobs as a response to the health care law, because Wal-Mart simply wouldn’t be able to afford it and keep their prices low.
The result: less manpower, less time to get things done. Which is why we get news stories of empty shelves, stuff put in the wrong area, long lines, and all sorts of things that make shopping at Wal-Mart a negative proposition.
It sucks for everyone, but that’s the economy for you.
Good way to end up at room temperature.
Not BS at all. Necessary procedure used by most employers to avoid litigation.
I’m sure it was handled better than the employee breaking the car window so the dog can breathe!
Does stupid hurt?
Lock a dog in a car like this and I’ll whip your ass.
What if this had been a human child?
Would they have fired the employee?
The dog wasn’t harmed so i guess the owner knew what he was doing.
Did you forget a sarcasm tag?
Sounds like the manager is a wimp and didn’t like the employee taking charge of a situation that he wouldn’t take care of...seeing this alot in management - they are there to take up a spot and do nothing else...the woman is better off seeking employment somewhere else...hopefully the canine escapes a stupid owner and finds a better one as well...
That’s very nice of you to impart such a gift...we need more gift giving of that nature! Perhaps giving such gifts - those idiots will be overwhelmed by such generosity - they will stop being stupid...now, where did I leave my hammer....
The human race is broken. Perhaps G-d will press the reset button soon...
People who defy their bosses get fired.......not a particularly hard concept to comprehend!!!!
There’s more to this story. And some of it is between the lines.
The story reads that the called the SPCA right off and LATER confronted the owner. That was stupid. After calling the SPCA she should have kept her mouth shut and become invisible. She was probably angry and wanted to read the owner the riot act. Understandable, but foolish.
No one is stupid enough to think it’s safe to leave a dog in a hot car like that. It’s just plain criminal, they just don’t care. Confronting that man was pointless.
Anyone know what the temperature was that day and time when the incident took place? It’s one thing if it was noon ant the temperature was 80 heading up and another if it was 8 pm and 70 with the sun setting. It is the sun’s energy that heats up the car above the outside air temperature and to a minor extent the dogs body heat.
Don’t meddle and expect your employer to keep you.
She should have reported to her boss.
Zealotry is counter productive