Wal-Mart Expresses Sympathy For Terminally Ill Worker . . . And Then Fires Him

Walmart worker Joseph Casias, 29, can take heart from the fact that the company is highly “sympathetic” to his struggle with an inoperable brain tumor. The sympathy, however, did not prevent the company from firing him because he used legal medical marijuana to deal with the pain of the tumor.

Casias was fired in November from a Walmart store in Battle Creek, Mich., after marijuana was detected in a routine drug screening. He proceeded to show all of the records that he took the marijuana legally and there was never a complaint about his performance at work. He worked 12-14 hours a day.
Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter told FoxNews.com “This is just an unfortunate situation all around.” Well a bit more unfortunate for Casias, wouldn’t you say? Rossiter add “We’re sympathetic to Mr. Casias’ condition, but like other companies, we have to consider the overall safety of our customers and associates, including Mr. Casias, when making a difficult decision like this.” So, this is a Walmart version of Reefer Madness.

Once again, I am not sure why Wal-Mart fights these fights (here) and reaffirms the global view of the company as one of the dark forces in the business world.

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144 thoughts on “Wal-Mart Expresses Sympathy For Terminally Ill Worker . . . And Then Fires Him”

  1. pardon me,

    I just listened to the song you posted.

    Snorting coffee out of one’s nose is an interesting experience. 😀

  2. “Avoid all needle drugs. The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.”
    Abbie Hoffman

  3. Elaine M.,

    Sorry to disappoint, but my medicine cabinet contains only aspirin and alka seltzer plus cold medicine, and I currenlty have no vanilla (I’m not much of a baker). I’m an extremely healthy 50+. I’m a big believer of “anything in moderation” within limits. Drinking plenty of water, I think, is the key to good health.

  4. Spelling Correction:
    If your medicine cabinet can’t provide you with what you’re looking for, you may want to head for the kitchen and see if you have a BIG bottle of vanilla extract in the cupboard! That’s one “weeked medication” that will leave you with a sweet-smelling breath, doncha know!

  5. Duh–

    I said: “There are any number of legally prescribed and over-the-counter medications that can impair a person’s abilty to function”.

    You asked: “Could you please name some? The weekend is just around the corner.”
    **********

    If your medicine cabinet can’t provide you with what you’re looking for, you may want to head for the kitchen and see if you have a bog bottle of vanilla extract in the cupboard! That’s one “weeked medication” that will leave you with a sweet-smelling breath, doncha know! 🙂

  6. Why don’t you try some OTC speed such as the effy tabs and down some nyquil add a little liquor and you’ll be set duh.

  7. Thank you Byron but where is this quote from? I have seen it but cannot recall the Book verse exactly as such…..

  8. AY:

    “if up is down and down is up and words mean the opposite of what they do, it would be hard to talk if you were down and I was up”

  9. mespo,

    In Re, your statement above.

    “‘If everybody minded their own business,’ the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, ‘the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.'”
    – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Ch. 5

    “‘Perhaps it hasn’t one,’ Alice ventured to remark. “‘Tut, tut, child!’ said the Duchess. ‘Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.'”
    – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Ch. 9

  10. “We’re sympathetic to Mr. Casias’ condition, but like other companies, we have to consider the overall safety of our customers and associates, including Mr. Casias, when making a difficult decision like this.”

    ******************

    Living on a planet adapted for human life on only a small portion of its surface, amid a hostile environment with causes a staggering amount of social problems which are exacerbated even more by an insidious assortment of human frailties, I find such cynical noncooperation by one group of humans against another human decidedly irrational and “unsafe”, all notions of ethics aside. Most social animals care for their own out of self-preservation, if nothing else. Walmart: “Save Money, Exist Alone,” It’s Dickensian.

  11. “The same cannot be said of either alcohol or nicotine, both OTC drugs.”

    If I remember correctly nicotine is closely related to Strychnine.

  12. Wow, interesting thread!

    Please forgive me, for pointing out what may be obvious, but many common physical states can significantly impair a person’s ability to function, independent of consumption of drugs, be they recreational or prescribed, such as: sleep deprivation and fatigue, pain, dehydration, abnormal temperature (Hyper/Hypothermia), electrolyte imbalance (sodium, potassium), extreme emotional states (anger, grief, fear, anxiety) etc.

    In addition, there are millions of individuals “functioning” with undiagnosed conditions/diseases which are often not detected until their “impairment” puts themselves and potentially others at risk. For example: diabetes(with unregulated glucose and other abnormal blood chemistry), liver failure(with high ammonia), kidney disease (with high nitrogenous waste), HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases often cause significant neurological and cognitive deficits even in the early stages.

    Let alone the millions of individuals whose functioning is often significantly impaired, albeit usually temporarily, when they contract extremely common infections, viral or bacterial, i.e. colds, flu, strep, staph, Lyme etc.

    If they happen to be Walmart employees they usually still have to come into work, as Walmart is well known for their very punitive policies.

    Given the list above, of potential states a person may be in, at any given moment in time, does anyone really believe, that random drug testing offers any real assurance that an employee is fully functional and not functionally impaired?

    Especially, when you factor in the usual delays in blood sampling, reporting of results, and lags in employer action.

    I certainly don’t; it takes way more than random drug testing to ensure Walmart is creating a safe work environment.

    Walmart is just plain wrong! Again!

    Just from the previous examples posted here on this blog, there is plenty to demonstrate that Walmart doesn’t do enough proactively to protect its’ associates and customers.

    Walmart does not care about their employees well being!
    They only care about money, duh!

    My respect and compassion for Mr Casias is enormous; I hope he has some action against Walmart as his firing has probably left him without any benefits like Cobra or unemployment insurance. His future job prospects, post firing, in this labor market are not very good. If Walmart was not so damn heartless they could have offered him a different position or placed him on medical leave.

    I Loathe Walmart and all they represent.

  13. Weed and cocaine ain’t never gonna be legal anywhere cuz it would give a lot of money to black countries and the US doesn’t want that.

    So instead, they try to fix you up with one of their legal drugs every night in the commercial: “Are you depressed? Are you lonely? Are you overactive? Are you tired? Are you human? Well, we got a lovely drug that’ll make it all better and get you better sex too.” Not.

    This people couldn’t see the moral issue in their mass sale of bullets, bloody morons.

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