A Walmart employee in Ontario was fired for reporting a dog that was left in a hot car.
Yes, Carla Cheney actually lost her job for confronting a customer about leaving his poor dog in his hot truck. She said she noticed a man left his dog in his truck with the windows rolled up before she started her shift on Tuesday.
Cheney was shocked that someone would actually leave his dog in a hot car and called the police several minutes later. The police got the man’s license plate but weren’t able to find him in the store.
The man eventually left Walmart and pulled up to the table where Cheney was sitting with her coworkers. Cheney confronted the man and told him that he shouldn’t his dog in the car.
“He told me it was none of my business and I said that that was fine, that if I saw him do it again I would just call the police next time. He said he was no longer going to be shopping at that Walmart, and I said, ‘OK.’”
The Walmart employee’s actions got her fired later that day. “He told me then that I was terminated, he wanted my vest, my badge, and to clean out my locker and that I needed to leave,” she said.
Cheney thought she was doing the right thing by reporting the man who left his dog in a hot car.
“The manager said I was fired because I was rude to a customer, but I felt because I was not even on the clock, it shouldn’t have been an issue anyways. And I don’t think it should be an issue even if I was on the clock … because it’s on the news and we’re being told not to leave animals and children in cars,” she said.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dogs can die from heatstroke in as little as 20 minutes if they are left in a hot car.
Do you think the Walmart employee should have been fired for reporting the man who left his dog in a hot car?
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