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Walmart Employee Warns Customer About Dog Locked in [hot] Car, Loses Job
yahoo.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Sarah B. Weir

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 Newfoundland—a large breed with a heavy black coat—in 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 humans—which is one of the reasons why they can succumb to heatstroke in a matter of minutes

(Excerpt) Read more at shine.yahoo.com ...


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KEYWORDS: dog; spca; walmart
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1 posted on 07/12/2013 10:32:57 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

I suspect it was the confrontation with the owner. It probably was not handled well.


2 posted on 07/12/2013 10:35:03 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: grundle

No good deed goes unpunished. /s


3 posted on 07/12/2013 10:36:12 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: ltc8k6

I suspect no matter how well he handled it the owner would have complained.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 10:37:15 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: grundle

Lately I have been hearing a great deal of negative reports about Walmart.


5 posted on 07/12/2013 10:45:26 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: null and void

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.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 10:48:03 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Why do you suppose that is?


7 posted on 07/12/2013 10:48:22 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Mastador1

Agreed. Citizens should always involve the authorities whenever they see anything, no matter how minor.

If you see something say something...


8 posted on 07/12/2013 10:50:28 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void

I have no idea, has something changed?


9 posted on 07/12/2013 10:51:06 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: grundle

“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...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2013/07/11/ottawa-walmart-woman-fired-animal-dog-vehicle-lawyer-statement-response-carla-cheney.html


10 posted on 07/12/2013 10:53:48 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: grundle

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.


11 posted on 07/12/2013 10:54:09 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: ltc8k6

“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.”


12 posted on 07/12/2013 10:54:25 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping!


13 posted on 07/12/2013 10:54:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

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.


14 posted on 07/12/2013 10:57:13 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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15 posted on 07/12/2013 11:00:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ltc8k6
“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.”

Sounds like BS to me.

16 posted on 07/12/2013 11:16:12 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: grundle
Do Gooders need to recognize that dogs have a higher body temp than humans.

Leaving a dog in a car (with free water) where the interior temp is below 100 deg F will not kill the dog.

17 posted on 07/12/2013 11:16:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Mastador1

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.


18 posted on 07/12/2013 11:17:49 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: grundle

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.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 11:18:40 PM PDT by ronnietherocket3
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To: Paladin2; grundle
Do Gooders need to recognize that dogs have a higher body temp than humans.

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.

20 posted on 07/12/2013 11:22:05 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

“Lately I have been hearing a great deal of negative reports about Walmart.”

Yes, they still are not unionized.


21 posted on 07/12/2013 11:25:28 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: ronnietherocket3

*sigh*

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.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 11:26:05 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Altariel

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.


23 posted on 07/12/2013 11:32:53 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ltc8k6
“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.”

HR Bull$hit!

24 posted on 07/12/2013 11:41:56 PM PDT by Taylor42 (No more Bush!)
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To: Paladin2

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.

http://vetmedicine.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=vetmedicine&cdn=homegarden&tm=28&f=10&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=13&bt=3&bts=33&zu=http%3A//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30723511/


25 posted on 07/12/2013 11:47:52 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Mastador1; Lazamataz

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.


26 posted on 07/12/2013 11:53:25 PM PDT by glock rocks (Stand up! Never, never, never give up!)
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To: grundle

I am offering a free broken window to anyone who leaves a dog to die in a hot car.


27 posted on 07/13/2013 12:00:40 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Jeff Winston
Sounds like BS to me.

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.

28 posted on 07/13/2013 1:07:33 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Lately I have been hearing a great deal of negative reports about Walmart.

Is this starting all over again?
There are a bunch of Union shills/operatives/paid_trouble_makers_out out there who will try to hit Walmart at any chance they get.
It was tiring then and is still just as tiring now.
29 posted on 07/13/2013 1:44:18 AM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: JSteff

Thanks, I wasn’t aware that there was a smear campaign going on.


30 posted on 07/13/2013 2:17:59 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration

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?


31 posted on 07/13/2013 2:48:24 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Always is with the left. It never ends.
32 posted on 07/13/2013 2:48:45 AM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: Pontiac

Agreed. Leave companies alone regarding hiring and firing decisions. Outside medling leads to problems for the free market.


33 posted on 07/13/2013 3:08:50 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: fortheDeclaration

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.


34 posted on 07/13/2013 3:21:44 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.)
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To: chae
I am offering a free broken window to anyone who leaves a dog to die in a hot car.

Good way to end up at room temperature.

35 posted on 07/13/2013 3:56:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Jeff Winston

Not BS at all. Necessary procedure used by most employers to avoid litigation.


36 posted on 07/13/2013 4:28:09 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: ltc8k6

I’m sure it was handled better than the employee breaking the car window so the dog can breathe!


37 posted on 07/13/2013 4:28:45 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: Paladin2
The Chicago Tribune reports that on an 85-degree day, the dashboard can heat up to 170 degrees in a mere 15 minutes.

Does stupid hurt?

38 posted on 07/13/2013 4:41:34 AM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: ltc8k6

Bingo!


39 posted on 07/13/2013 4:50:31 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Mastador1

Lock a dog in a car like this and I’ll whip your ass.


40 posted on 07/13/2013 4:50:36 AM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: grundle

What if this had been a human child?

Would they have fired the employee?


41 posted on 07/13/2013 5:12:56 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: grundle

The dog wasn’t harmed so i guess the owner knew what he was doing.


42 posted on 07/13/2013 5:13:11 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: null and void

Did you forget a sarcasm tag?


43 posted on 07/13/2013 5:15:18 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: grundle

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...


44 posted on 07/13/2013 5:18:38 AM PDT by BCW (Book - http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: chae

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....


45 posted on 07/13/2013 5:22:22 AM PDT by BCW (Book - http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: grundle

The human race is broken. Perhaps G-d will press the reset button soon...


46 posted on 07/13/2013 5:22:35 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: grundle

People who defy their bosses get fired.......not a particularly hard concept to comprehend!!!!


47 posted on 07/13/2013 5:44:19 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: grundle

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.


48 posted on 07/13/2013 5:46:13 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ltc8k6

I agree.

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.


49 posted on 07/13/2013 5:48:57 AM PDT by airedale
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To: grundle

Don’t meddle and expect your employer to keep you.

She should have reported to her boss.

Zealotry is counter productive


50 posted on 07/13/2013 5:49:41 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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