Skip to comments.Walmart Employee Warns Customer About Dog Locked in [hot] Car, Loses Job
Posted on 07/12/2013 10:32:57 PM PDT by grundle
Carla Cheney, a former Walmart employee from Kemptville, Canada, claims she was fired for alerting a customer that he shouldn't leave his dog in a hot car.
On Wednesday, shortly before beginning her shift, Cheney saw the customer put his Newfoundlanda large breed with a heavy black coatin his truck and roll up the windows, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Cheney, who worked in the Walmart pharmacy, called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and later confronted the dog owner after he left the store, telling him that "he should not be leaving his dog in the car." He responded that it was none of her business.
Later that day, Cheney was called into her the office of her manager... The manager then told her she was fired...
Some estimates put the number of dogs that die each year from being left in a hot car in the thousands.
The Chicago Tribune reports that on an 85-degree day, the dashboard can heat up to 170 degrees in a mere 15 minutes.
... dogs don't perspire like humanswhich is one of the reasons why they can succumb to heatstroke in a matter of minutes
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She could have called the ASPC and then let them handle it. In our county the cops come and bust out the windows of a car with a dog in it in hot weather, and the owner is subject to arrest. (And no, they don’t shoot the dog.) Usually, however, it’s enough for the owner just to have to confront the damage his stupidity has caused and get a tongue-lashing from everybody. There’s no need for an employee to march out into the parking lot and confront the owner, no matter how great the owner’s stupidity. He’s going to have to fork out for the deductible on car repairs as it is.
Me, I’d bust out the windows myself if the cops couldn’t get there fast enough. But around here they do, thank goodness.
I worked at Walmart for a short while, nights. A long time, and good, night supervisor (8 years or more) followed a shoplifter out of the store, got the plate as he drove off. Called the cops.
He was fired the next morning at 8am when the store manager came on duty.
See my #52.
This kind of story is repeated day in and day out. NO negative contact was allowed. Period.
In Houston you just call the cops. It is against the law to leave your dog closed up in your car with no a/c.
I just call the police when I see that. Morons.
There is no argument on that, my take on the article was that they felt the employees termination was wrong. I am simply saying:
1. If she was in uniform she was de facto representing Walmart.
2. We don’t know the manner in which she confronted this person.
Leaving a dog in sealed car, especially on a hot day reprehensible.
Confronting someone on Walmaart property in a Walmart uniform?, probably cause for termination.
Wish you’d been there the day I got off the Harley and went in Borders looking for the woman who’d left her little foo-foo dog to roast.
She wouldn’t acknowledge the manager’s store page regarding the dog so I went looking for her, even though I didn’t know which person was her.
While I was stomping around the back of the store asking everybody if it was their dog, she bolted out the front and took off before I could get hold of her.
In my area, cops are slow to respond.
Years ago we found a GSD in extremis in a Walmart lot.
He was hysterically trying to bite his way out of the car-oven and the whole outside of the car was running with his blood.
Once again, nobody answered the page and we had to keep offering the dog ice water while waiting for the cops to show up...15 minutes later.
They knocked out the window.
I have no idea what happened with that.
Unless it’s to the vet, my dogs stay home all summer.
Too many things can happen.
What if my AC suddenly stops working, far from home?
I won’t risk it.
Only if the sarcasm was lost on the person I posted to.
The line between sarcasm and sarchasm is often rather narrow...
She could have protected the dog and saved her job simply by breaking the guys car windows.
My dog(s) stay home in the summer, too. He doesn't like it, but just the fact that he's with me means I can't run any errands or go into a store except for the feed store and tack shop. If I want to stop somewhere else, I can't. I'm also concerned that if my car breaks down or something, we would have to walk home. I take him with me in the winter and late fall, however, and it's amazing how warm the car is on a sunny day, with light coming in the windows. He doesn't have much fur but he's perfectly comfortable being locked in the car in January for a few minutes.
No one is stupid enough to think its safe to leave a dog in a hot car like that.
Judging by some of the comments on this thread, I’d have to disagree with that...sadly.
I’m with you. Living in the deep south there’s no excuse and no reason to have one’s dog(s) sitting in the car while errands are run. Leave them at home. They are safe and cool there and will be waiting for family’s return! Hoping that poor GSD survived. People are just selfish and stupid. Why try to “negotiate” temperature? Just leave the animals at home when you can’t take them with you! Good grief!!
The GSD survived just fine.
I don’t know, however, what happened to the *owner*, whether the cops arrested him later or what.
I made sure the dog was taken care of.
If she saw this man put the dog in, why didn’t she ask him if he would be out soon or hope he doesn’t leave the dog long, right then?
Immediately calling authorities - tattling - is a good way to piss off people right away. In any case, you can watch the dog, or if you know the person say something first, or find someone to do so. Not good form to bring in the big guns right away. Be brave and talk to the person first, give them a chance to correct themselves rather than giving them a record. This is not a robbery.
Not to say that she had to be fired, or that her intentions weren’t good.
Agreed. Indeed, I tried many times when I lived in apartments to request modified behavior from other tenants rather than complaining to the landlord or local SPCA. I was very patient. In fact, with 1 irritating neighbor I never did tell the landlord.
How is that negative contact.
The manager never had contact with the shoplifter at all.
I’m glad you were there! :))
The manager should have backed her up.
I doubt the owner shared your joy.
I can’t imagine coming out of a store to find my car window smashed, my dog gone and the driver’s side covered in blood.
Hope they freaked out enough to learn a lesson.