Walmart, one of the largest department stores in the United States, has once again left people in amazement as they fired an employee for an absurd reason.
Mike Walsh, 45, an employee who worked at Walmart for nearly 18 years, was sacked after he turned in $350 he found in the parking lot.
Simply because he returned the loose cash an entire 30 minutes after he got his hands on it, which made his manager doubt t his intentions and fire him for “gross misconduct.”
According to the Times-Union’s report, Walsh said he found $5 in the parking lot, which he immediately went back and handed over to the manager. However, when he returned to the parking lot he found $20 and $10 bills scattered around which, when he counted, amounted to $350.
He stuffed the money into his trouser pocket as he finished cleaning up and went back into the store to hand it over, but found a commotion.
"A woman was yelling at a manager, freaking out that she lost her money and I got nervous," said Walsh, who speaks haltingly and has anxiety issues. "I kind of froze and didn't want any trouble."
The man returned to his job, cleaning the bathrooms and once he was done, handed over the manager the cash.
Everything was fine until, two days later, his manager called him and showed him a surveillance tape which confirmed that 30 minutes had elapsed between the time when Walsh found the cash and when he handed it over. As a result, he was fired and told to turn in his badge and employee discount card.
"I enjoyed my job, I was a good employee and always got to work on time," Walsh added. "I got treated like a common criminal."
The interesting bit is that in all his years of service, Walsh never received a handbook of rules and regulations that concerned money found in a parking lot.
"I got scared and didn't go about returning the money in the right way," he said. "I told them I was sorry. I thought they would have given me a warning or suspended me. Instead, they just fired me."
The distressed man is now struggling with paying bills and rent.
He is desperately looking for a job and has applied to Target and Lowe’s, among a few other companies.