Wal-Mart Complaint - Employee Safety
TRAVELERS REST, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I worked at Wal-Mart for over a year and that is by far the most dangerous job out there. Not because something could fall on your head, or you could jam a finger...but because when you get physically threatened and feel like you should pursue to have the person put on 'no trespassing', Wal-Mart managers don't want anything to do with it.
I had a man come in to my line about once every couple of weeks harassing me because I refused to cash a check since his signatures did not match (according to company policy). Well, the day he came in and flat out said, "I'm going to get my shotgun and shoot you between the eyes like a deer," I was certain this wasn't a good situation. I'm 90 pounds. He's much more than that. He could easily hurt me. So, I went to the police department and filed a report. I only remembered the man's first name from his check so the officer said he'd call my manager and have him look up the name so we could file a restraining order. Well, the manager he called told him "Wal-Mart is not interested in pursuing this situation and hung up." Talk about upset with your job. There was nothing I could about this man anymore. But the officer gave me his personal number and told him that if the man came back, call him immediately and he'd arrest him on the spot. Well, I went to work and told my manager that if he came back, I'd call the cops on him. Come to find out, this man that was harassing me was friends with my supervisor and she told my manager not to give his name out. W. T.F.?!
There was another occasion with a woman I worked with who had eye cancer and then found out she was pregnant with twins. She already had about 6 absences which is almost grounds for termination. She explained to our manager that she would need to take a day off for her doctor's appointment to find out what to do about all of this and her electronic request for the day off was denied. Our manager told her, "I don't care if it kills you or your babies, if you call out, I'm firing you." ... She had a double miscarriage and quit. She went to her manager's manager and he said he couldn't do anything about it.
Another woman I worked with had 3 men come to her register and tell her they wanted to throw her on the register and rape the hell out of her. Again, Wal-Mart would not pursue.
I've had customers tell me they want to take me home and rape me. People tell me they will find me when I get off work. Scare me. Follow me. It doesn't matter. I'm a cute white girl and they want a piece of it, but I won't give it up and they'll do some dirty things to mess with your mind.
I finally just had to quit. I couldn't take having the manager tell me that he wouldn't do anything to help protect us females that worked there. I also told him that if anyone ever touched me, he better have my termination papers ready because I'm going to ruin him, the man who touches me, Wal-mart, and every manager in that store. He will be working for me.
Companies need to care just a little bit more about their employees. What happens when all your employees turn up on the news for being attacked, raped, beaten, and murdered? And the police show where we attempted to file reports against these people but Wal-Mart refused to help the case?
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