- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
Viewpoint: Doing the right thing
People often say “no good deed goes unpunished.” Unfortunately, that appears to be correct, no matter how sickening it is. Recently, a “Michigan man says he was fired from his job at Wal-Mart after he tried to help a woman being assaulted in the parking lot of one of the retail giant’s stores and ended up fighting with her attacker” (CBS News). This man, Kristopher Oswald, says that Wal-Mart has strict “no violence” policies that prevent them from assaulting fellow employees or physically stopping shoplifters. However, this policy also seems to prevent their employees from helping people in need.
In Detroit, Oswald was on break in his car when he saw a man grabbing a woman; when Oswald asked if she needed help the other man punched him in the head and declared that he was going to kill him. “Kill him.” So what did Oswald do? In a situation like that, the only options are fight or flight, but seeing as how there was another woman in trouble, Oswald did the courageous thing and fought back against the man. Oswald managed to get on top, but the man who threatened to kill him had back-up. Unfortunately, Oswald was then jumped by two other men. Luckily, the police showed up and stopped the fight.
After the altercation, Wal-Mart fired him for committing acts of violence, just after working there for seven weeks; Oswald was left jobless as a result. This was the reward he received for doing the right thing, and it is so very wrong. It wasn’t like he lost his temper and fought or tried to stop a shoplifter with excessive force. He was trying to save the woman and then himself from possibly being killed. If the reward for doing the right thing is to become unemployed, then this could make people hesitant to do the right thing when called upon. In this economy,people will be hesitant to risk losing their jobs in situations like this, and that is making the world fall into a darker place.
Edmund Burke once said “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If Oswald did nothing that day, who knows what may have happened to that woman. She may have been taken and/or killed before the police could intervene, and it would have been because Oswald did nothing. In reality he did save her and by fighting back when his own life was in danger. When Wal-Mart fired Oswald for doing the right thing, it is like they are saying, “Stay out of it; the affairs of others aren’t our concern.” I applaud Oswald for doing the right thing when there is so much evil in the world, and it is despicable that he suffered unnecessarily because of it.