Wal Mart employees not helpful during a mother's emergency

Filed under: Work Life, Places To Go, Health & Safety: Babies

Not to harp on a subject too much, but this one I believe needs to be addressed again. Yesterday a reader sent in an a tip about a baby locked in a hot car. Today another reader sent us a link to her own horror story of accidentally locking her baby in a hot car .

After shopping at her local Wal Mart, the mother placed her baby in the seat, set her purse in the car and then proceeded to unload the parcels. Somehow during the process of sliding her door closed all of the doors locked. Her purse and keys were inside. Her baby was inside. It was 104 degrees in the parking lot. She tried to flag down an employee but was ignored. She ran into the store and asked a couple of cashiers to help her, they both told her they were unable to do so, though one of them did casually contact a cashier to inquire as to whether or not the mother could borrow something with which to break the window.

The mother knew that her baby only had a few minutes before she would pass out from heat exhaustion. She knew that soon after that irrevocable brain damage could occur. She ran to her car, saw her baby passed out and sweating profusely. A gentleman shopper just happened to be walking by, noticed her distress and retrieved a jack from his car. He broke the window and they removed the baby. The mom returned to the store to revive the baby under a faucet of cool water.

As she was leaving the store a manager came to the scene. Apparently sirens could be heard and the employees were confused as to whether they should meet the vehicle if it was intended for the baby. But the manager had not called for emergency help because he claimed the mother had not specifically requested medical attention.

Here is a woman who's baby was in dire need of help and medical attention, but due to some sort of store policy the employees were unable or unwilling to help. Wal Mart is notorious for its shabby treatment of its employees. I find it appalling that not a single employee dropped everything they were doing, ran to the hardware aisle, grabbed a hammer and ran out to the car to help the baby. Was it their devotion to being underpaid and overworked that they wouldn't or couldn't help? Were they more concerned about cheap prices? What is the deal?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.