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February 17th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

30 Second Pitch

A special edition of 30 Second Pitch. We want to help a handful of ex-walmart employees find work. Lori Poulsen, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart weren't laid off. They and a colleague were fired from a Utah store-after tearing a gun away from a suspected shoplifter.

Here's the play-by-play from the police report: A customer apparently stashed a laptop in his clothes– then made a break for the front of the store. But he didn't make it. He yanked his gun *after he was escorted to the loss prevention office. The workers lept into action, ripping away the gun and holding him until police arrived. But the employees were let go a week later, for violating company policy- which tells employees to withdraw if a gun comes out.

A Walmart official tells us- "Our associates are trained on this policy to help avoid situations that put our customers & associates in jeopardy." "...simply, we cannot condone associates taking matters into their own hands."

So that brings us to Thursday’s 30 Second Pitch: There's three of them– Gabriel Stewart, Lori Poulsen, and Shawn Ray. The fourth person Justin Richins landed some temporary work!

If you are interested in hiring any of them here’s their contact information:

Gabriel Stewart
Lori Poulsen
Shawn Ray

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  1. Sorcha Fox


    Please can you put up a link for the 30 second pitch by Traci Nickens? I thought she did a great job and want to forward the link to some hiring managers that I know. I think you should make this a general practice for all people who do the 30 second pitch.

    Thanks, Sorcha

    February 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm |

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