I found $350 outside a Walmart store

A WALMART employee was left stunned after he returned money he found outside the store and was punished for it.

Michael Walsh of Schenectady, New York, was a maintenance worker for the retailer when he found the money in 2015.

Michael Walsh says he was treated like a ‘common criminal’ by Walmart after finding $350 in parking lot and handing it over to managementCredit: Facebook/Michael Walsh
After working for Walmart for 18 years, Walsh’s thought process behind returning the money left him punished by the retailer (stock image)Credit: Getty

In the Walmart parking lot, Walsh came across a $5 bill, which he immediately turned in to the store manager.

He then returned to the lot to finish his work when he found a small stack of $10 and $20 bills.

The loose money had no identification on it as to who it could be, so Walsh pocketed the money as he continued to pick up trash and move shopping carts.

When the worker completed that particular task, he counted the bills and discovered that they totaled $350.

As he was about to hand over the money to the manager, Walsh was distracted by a nervous customer.

“A woman was yelling at a manager and panicking that she had lost her money, and I got nervous,” Walsh told the Times Union, noting that he spoke hesitantly and had anxiety issues.

“I kind of froze up and didn’t want any trouble.”

So Walsh continued with his duties for the day, and about 30 minutes after finding the money, he handed it over to the manager and heard nothing more.

However, two days later, after eighteen years of loyal service to the wholesaler, he was fired for ‘gross misconduct’.

“The only thing I did wrong was hesitate,” the then 45-year-old said at the time.

I found a box with $50,000 in cash in the middle of the street – the police came to my house, but I still got money_ksltv

‘I didn’t steal anything. They didn’t warn me. They just fired me.”

He was taken to the manager’s office and shown time-stamped surveillance footage of the moment he collected the money.

“They wouldn’t let me explain and said they knew what happened. They told me how it happened the way they wanted,” he said.

“I liked my job, was a good employee and could always get to work on time.

“I was treated like a common criminal.”

“I got scared and didn’t return the money properly,” he added.

“I told them I was sorry. I thought they would have given me a warning or suspended me. Instead, they just fired me.”

Walsh claimed that during his many years at Walmart, he was never given an official handbook detailing company policy for employees finding items in the parking lot.

A month after losing his job, Walsh told the Times Union that he was offered a job at Clifton Park’s GForce Janitorial.

“I’m looking forward to it. I need a job,” he said.

“He’s a great guy and he would be a great addition to our team,” said Michael Meleco, owner of the 30-employee cleaning service.

“He worked at Wal-Mart for 18 years, and that’s the kind of loyal employee I want to hire,” he said.

“It’s difficult to find employees with such reliability.”

According to Walsh’s Facebook page, he is now a maintenance worker at Whole Foods.

The American Sun has contacted Walmart for comment.

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