TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Walmart is in the headlines again, this time for firing the assistant manager of a Titusville store who jumped into the back of a pickup truck, which was full of stolen cases of beer.
According to police, it was with the help of an accomplice that 24-year-old Joseph Long stole the more than dozen cases of beer on Friday.
Mike Dawson, the store’s assistant manager, had gone outside to take down Long’s license plate number. However, when Long started backing up, Dawson, afraid that Long was going to back over him, jumped into the back of the truck.
“When I realized how close I was, I jumped in the back so they didn’t run over me,” Dawson said.
What ensued was a wild 15-mile ride that reached speeds up to 90 miles per hour and ended only when Dawson caught the attention of another driver. The driver pointed a gun at Long, who slowed down. Dawson was able to escape.
Dawson, who had reportedly had three perfect scores on Walmart training sessions on store safety, was fired for violating these very policies.
A spokesman for Walmart said that Dawson could have simply taken down the license plate number.
Long has been charged with armed robbery, grand theft, and kidnapping.
Sources: Fox News, Wesh.com
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