Store in Missouri fires customer-favorite cashier; over 1,500 sign up to rally to support him

Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, released the following statement today regarding the termination of Frank Swanson, a cashier at the West Plains, Missouri, store who was just three weeks shy of his 20th anniversary of working for the retailer. Supporters of Swanson claim he was fired, in part, for giving customers hugs:

“It may sound like a late April Fool’s joke, but sadly, this is no joke. It appears Walmart fired workers for being decent and kind. So, if you believe in hugs or being nice to customers, don’t apply for a job at Walmart,” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW.

“Between Frank, and the employee from New York who was fired after turning in money he found in the parking lot, it seems that decent, hard-working employees are not welcome in Walmart stores.

“Stories like this are the reason Walmart continues to struggle with falling profits. People want to shop at a store that reflects their values, not one that fires workers who hold those same values.” 

Last year, then-Walmart employee Michael Walsh was fired from a Niskayuna, NY, Walmart store after 18 years on the job, because he waited 30 minutes before turning in $350 he found in the parking lot.