Walmart isn’t disputing the story. The company has a policy against workplace violence, and a Walmart rep told reporters Oswald violated that policy.
But Oswald says — shouldn’t the fact he was helping a customer mean anything?
"I will always do the right thing... even after all of this,” Oswald told WRIC.
Patch spoke with Oswald, who told the outlet he never intended for it to get physical — that he’d hoped a verbal intervention would be enough to help the woman he perceived had been in trouble.
A Walmart rep called it “a tough decision” and said the company “understood Oswald’s intentions.” Still, Oswald is out of a job. According to WXYZ,Oswald only began working for Walmart about seven weeks ago and would not have been considered a permanent hire until a 180-day probation period ended.