facebook
twitter
search
search

Wal-Mart worker fired for foiling theft

May 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM
| License Photo

WICHITA, Kan., May 26 (UPI) -- A Wichita, Kan., woman says she was fired from Wal-Mart after stopping a thief from stealing a $600 computer.

"I'm a single mom, and I don't know what I'm going to do," said Heather Ravenstein, 30, who worked for Wal-Mart for two years, most recently in customer service.

Ravenstein said she was kicked and punched Friday night by a man who was trying to carry a computer out of the Wal-Mart store in Wichita's West Kellogg neighborhood. The man eventually surrendered the computer and left, Ravenstein told The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.

The next day, Ravenstein was fired for violating a Wal-Mart policy that prohibits anyone but a manager or someone in asset protection from stopping theft, the Eagle reported Wednesday. Ravenstein said she had never heard of the policy.

In an e-mail to the Eagle, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anna Taylor said Ravenstein put her safety and perhaps the safety of customers at risk by confronting the thief.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korean women embracing fashion of outside world, report says
Youngest murderer convicted as adult to be released
At least 2,000 migrants in France try to enter Channel Tunnel to England
Minnesota dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion
Coast Guard expands 'aggressive' search to Georgia for missing Florida teens