Witnesses and an elderly Wal-Mart greeter say that Skyler Lowery, 23, attacked Ed Bauman, 69, while he was watching the front door of a Wal-Mart in Palm Bay, Florida. The video below seems to confirm their story and the police charged Lowery. However, that did not stop Wal-Mart from firing Bauman.
On the video, you can clearly see Bauman try to stop Lowery after the alarm went off. He went into the parking lot to get his license number and that is when the confrontation began. Ultimately, Lowery grabbed Bauman’s clipboard. A fight then ensued as Bauman tried to get his clip board back. It turns out that Lowery had receipts for his purchases.
Lowery apparently told Wal-Mart that Bauman used a racial epithet and that was enough for the corporation which has a reputation for firing employees with little hesitation or, it appears, investigation. It does not matter that witnesses came forward to say that Bauman did not use any epithets or call the man any names. It does not matter that Lowery is now facing a battery on an elderly person.
Wal-Mart seems to constantly invite poor press and public criticism with its policies. Then there is the criticism that Wal-Mart’s policies actually helped spread flu, here. Then there is all that good press over Walmart succeeding in its plan to destroy a historical area from the Civil War, here.