*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by my mother, who experienced them firsthand; used with permission.
He must have been exhausted.
My mother is a retired Walmart employee.
During her time working for the retail giant, she saw people lose their jobs for every reason you can imagine, but the one that always baffled her was when people would get caught sleeping on the job.
My mother would always tell me stories of employees getting fired for nodding off while working a register or taking a nap in the break room. Every time, she’d say the same thing: “I don’t get it. If they’re tired, why don’t they just go home?”
There are rules and regulations that need to be followed at work, but it seems like common sense that if you’re so tired you can’t keep your eyes open, maybe it’s time to call it a day.
One young man, in particular, lost his job after taking a two-hour nap in the company break room while on the clock. Apparently, his manager found him snoring away and decided that he needed to be let go.
I’m not sure what the company policy is about taking naps on the job, but I imagine it’s probably not something that’s encouraged. This guy probably should have just gone home if he was so tired that he couldn’t keep his eyes open.
I guess when you’re working a minimum wage job, sometimes you just can’t afford to take time off.
According to my mother, the man had only been working at the store for three weeks when he was caught napping on the job.
While it’s not clear why the man was taking a nap during his shift, it’s likely that he was just exhausted from working long hours. After all, Walmart is known for its grueling work schedules.
He was probably trying to catch up on some sleep after working a long shift the previous night, but Walmart apparently has a strict no-napping policy.
His manager caught the man and promptly fired him. This may seem like a harsh punishment, but Walmart is known for its rigid rules and regulations.
We’ve all been there. You’re at work, feeling tired, and you just can’t keep your eyes open. So, you take a quick nap in the break room. But beware, if you work at Walmart, this could cost you your job.
To be fair, most employers will not take kindly to employees sleeping on the job. However, there may have been extenuating circumstances that warranted an exception.
Perhaps the manager could have shown the sleepy employee a little compassion instead of firing him on the spot.
At any rate, this should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone thinking about dozing off at work. It’s probably not worth losing your job over a nap. So, if you’re thinking about taking a nap on the job, think twice if you work for Walmart.
What do you think? Should they have fired the young man for taking a nap on the job? Do you have a story about someone getting fired from Walmart? Share it in the comments.