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Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Glendora, CA

This is a typical example of why unions form. This employee was trying to do the right thing and still gets fired, because of the misfortune of being an "at will" employee.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

For quite sometime, it has been difficult to understand the policies of Walmart.
Their cutesy family oriented advertising says one thing. However, the lives of employees while while working at Walmart, and the reality of what really goes on there is totally opposite.
So many of us frequently discuss how sad it is that this questionable gazillion dollar company can keep such a stranglehold on shoppers.

Salt Lake City, UT

I can understand a company policy where someone sees it, gets the license plate number, and then they announce the plate number over the store intercom so the customer can deal with the issue before resorting to getting cops involved. A policy of "it's not our issue, stay out of it" though is disgusting.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Well, there goes my image of Sam Walton riding in his old pick-up with his ole dog Shep.
Seriously, do Walmart managers sit in a room and deliberately think up the most foolish solutions to problems?

Salt Lake City, UT

Not surprising, this is the company that pays its employee's so little many of them are on food stamps and Medicade

Riverton, UT

I think the next time I have to sit in the parking lot with my window cracked down waiting for my wife, I will call 911 to report my wife.

Sarcasm off...

Somewhere in Time, UT

She did the right thing!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Wal-Mart is in the business of making money rather than thinking of employees rights and needs or such a small matter as pets' welfare. Just say "No thank you," with regard to shopping at that place.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

re: Say No to BO

Thinking @ Walmart?

Costa Rica, 00

I believe there are some very good comments above but the high temperature that day was only 24-25C (75F). Of course the temperature inside a car parked in the sun is hotter than outside but it is possible that she overreacted. It's also possible we are not privy to all of her conversation with the boss.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Don't shop at Wal-Mart, it's so liberating.

Charlotte, NC

So many here obviously did not carefully read the article. She was fired because she refused to consult with the manager BEFORE she called the police. That was the issue. Reread the story folks. She simply told the manager no. I would have fired her too. Furthermore, who is she to determine how long a dog can be left in a car? Obviously the dog was just fine. The owner knew how long he could be left and came back before the dog was in danger. Did she have special training that told her that 10 minutes was the maximum time? Who appointed her as the judge and jury? Not the manager. He didn't think she was qualified for that position so he wanted her to bring him in the loop in the future. She wanted to remain judge and jury so he fired her. Good for him. She was obviously a loose cannon and needed to go.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ WRK: If dogs had opposable thumbs, they would call the cops themselves - well, if they had opposable thumbs and a cell phone. Maybe they would just roll the window down more.... ;)

@ RDLV: Even on a fairly mild day, temperatures inside a car - even with the window cracked - rise quickly. Studies show that when the external temperature is 75, the inside of a car parked in full sunlight can reach 100 in 10 minutes. Within 30 minutes the temperature inside the car can be 120 - which is enough to cause permanent harm to the dog.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Max: She had gone to her boss earlier in the week about a similar problem and her concerns were dismissed and she was told there was nothing that they could (translate as would) do.

Obviously, she wasn't judge and jury or she would have let the dog out herself - she followed the protocol advertised on TV by animal care societies. Which, coincidentally, is probably where she got her information about how long was safe.

Costa Rica, 00

@ Kalindra
You're absolutely correct. A dark car parked in full sun can have a temperature rise of 3.5F per minute. When it's cloudy or mostly cloudy, of course the temperature rise would be very different.
My comment was that we may not know the entire story before we just blame the Walmart manager.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I asked my dog what he thought. He said that if I was too stupid to see who's right in this case, then HE should be the one in charge instead of me.

Canada, 00

Dwane: you are wrong
1) The police here in Canada are telling people to call 911 if you see a pet locked in a vehicle on hot days.
2) In Ontario this is considered animal cruelty. Previous experience with her manager resulted in this crime being ignored. It is our civic duty to report criminal behavior. No policy that Walmart makes can override the law. Walmarts failure to act in the past puts the responsibility on the employee to report, you can't say I reported it to Walmart so its not my fault if you know no action will be taken.
3) Her choice to inform a person (being a Walmart customer is irrevelant) that they should not leave their animal in the truck and that she would report this is being responsible.
4) Personality disorder? Are you a psychologist? Sounds like she refused because she did not expect the manager to do anything and felt like reporting herself would be the only way to have the problem properly dealy with.

It is highly unlikly that the officers are complaining because they are the ones telling us to call 911.

Win Pow
lewisville, TX

It amazes me that people think that dogs (or pets in general) are more important than people... or relationships with people.
animals are just animals.
people are more important....ALWAYS

i would have fired her faster.

Las Vegas, NV

Leaving a dog in a car on a hot day is dangerous, even if the windows are cracked open.
This store really showed what their priority is.
Anyone who defends leaving a dog in a hot car probably shouldn't own a dog.

Charlotte, NC


I'm not a proponent of theory X. I just understand that loose cannons need to be let go.

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