Unjustly Fired: Help Thomas Smith

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Raised by 1,002 people in 16 months
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DOUNYA HAMDAN
on behalf of Thomas Smith
 OAK LAWN, IL
Thomas Smith has recently been fired from Walmart with no warning and/or explanation prior. He is a hard working man trying to make a living any way he can. He currently brings in the shopping carts from the parking lot. As an employee, he is going above and beyond by also getting rid of items left in the cart such as cans and bottles. He did not think twice about the consequences of redeeming these cans for a few dimes and nickels because it should not be a crime to do so! 

Walmart has stripped him of his employment because they considered it to be theft.

I know we can stand up to these corrupt corporations that have no empathy to people like Thomas - all they care about are their dollars at the end of the day.

Let's  help Thomas get back on his feet!
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Update 6
Posted by DOUNYA HAMDAN
15 months ago
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Dear All,

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for opening your hearts and helping Thomas Smith in his time of need. Recently, we were able to transfer the funds directly into his bank account - just in time for the holidays. He is extremely happy and in a very good place due to your generosity. As always if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me via email or contact The Center of Law and Justice in Albany, NY. Happy holidays to all!
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Update 5
Posted by DOUNYA HAMDAN
16 months ago
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Hey Guys!

Here is a video of Thomas Smith thanking his supporters!

Check it out!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1oojiKuvkyDOEtHR0R4SlJKMUE/view?ts=56565368&pli=1
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Update 4
Posted by DOUNYA HAMDAN
16 months ago
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ATTENTION!!

Protesters are planning to gather outside the Wal-Mart on Route 4 on Black Friday morning in support of Thomas Smith

Green’s organization has the backing of several religious groups, including Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, as well as assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, and Steve McLaughlin, R-Schaghticoke. Protesters are asking that Wal-Mart reinstate Smith immediately and to move him to a location closer to his home, repay any wages he has lost since being fired and issue a public apology.

They have given Wal-Mart a Monday deadline to meet their demands or they will be calling for a nationwide boycott of the largest retail chain.

Supporters can sign the petition at:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-walmart-rehire-thomas-smith?source=direct_link&



Thomas Smith loved his job at a Walmart in East Greenbush, NY, where he made $9 an hour putting away shopping carts and picking up trash from the parking lot. After being released from prison and facing homelessness earlier this year, Mr. Smith was getting his life back on track. But then last Friday, after working over-time to assist his managers, he was abruptly fired. The reason? He had redeemed $2 worth of empty cans and bottles left in an abandoned shopping cart. Incredibly, Walmart claimed that the discarded empty bottles were company property -- and accused Mr. Smith of stealing. When informed of this, Mr. Smith paid back the money right away, but Walmart is still refusing to reinstate him. "I did the right thing and stayed out of trouble,” Smith told an Albany newspaper. “I worked hard and did a good job. I ended up getting a raw deal.” Walmart’s treatment of Thomas Smith is outrageous. Unfortunately his story is part of a pattern of the company mistreating its workers. In fact the very day Smith was fired, 100 Walmart workers around the country began a week of fasting and protesting, highlighting low pay and unfair conditions at the company. Walmart needs to hear from us that this kind of treatment of workers is unacceptable. We will not remain silent as the rights and dignity of people like Thomas Smith are trampled. Please sign the petition below to demand that Walmart rehire Thomas Smith at another store close to where he lives. He deserves a fresh start at a job he loves and needs.
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Update 3
Posted by DOUNYA HAMDAN
16 months ago
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Hey Everyone!

Via Alice Green sharing my contact info with Mr. Smith - I had the pleasure of speaking to him today!

He is in high spirits and is very grateful that everyone is supporting him!

I have given him an update on how much we have raised and we will continue keeping him posted.

Also, this post will be up for a couple more days and after that Mr. Smith will be given the cash donations!

Thank you once again everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns you can refer to the contact information in the previous post!

Happy Holidays!
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$22,295 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 1,002 people in 16 months
Created November 19, 2015
DH
DOUNYA HAMDAN  
on behalf of Thomas Smith
JM
$25
Jim Matlock
25 days ago

Don't let 'em get you down, Mr. Smith!

RF
$25
Richard Ferguson
14 months ago
JF
$25
Judith Felsten
15 months ago

May 2016 be better than 2015!

KA
$10
Ka Abdool
15 months ago
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1

When some thing that's considered powerful shows no discretion - Is it really that powerful;) or is it just being a bully or a slave driver.

$30
Anonymous
15 months ago
$10
Anonymous
15 months ago
$20
Neil Whisler
15 months ago

When I was fired after working in all depts of my local Wal Mart for a year, I was told the same thing, that I'm stealing from the company. I was 20 and new to the concept of a minute here and there costing the company. Putting it as stealing was harsh, esp. since the high-schoolers who sat around literally looking for ways to avoid work were seen by management often. There was also this one young employee who would be in trouble a lot, and once took a whole cashier's envelope home with him. He was still there afterwards. You had to swipe your card for even a fifteen, and sometimes you'd not time it exactly right, then say oops and go back and swipe, cause they were anal about that. Every team meeting, a reminder. Not, adhere to policy or else proper action will be taken because we're losing money, and that's stealing time from the company. I was pointed out, and felt guilty for being accused to the point I had to mention the fact that I haven't done anything like this until this time, and it's well known all employees around me have BEEN doing it. I never really experienced racial discrimination myself until, and yet they were so damn clever even then I had to question it. So, regardless, my wife and I have weened off the teet and do our shopping at a grocery store, and use awesome Amazon subscription for recurring items. Think about it, right now they're selling tens of utv's and Full HD Smart TVs $500,$600 under retail, under same prices from Super Bowl time, another big price drop season. They're not losing one cent, because it means not dollars off, but unnecessarily added price dollars on, for the other 360 something days they're open. That's how Black Friday/Cyber Week works. I'm not demanding a boycott, because I understand they're established power, but I am going to request people I know to not go on this gentleman's behalf. My story is similar, and I was only making change while awaiting admission to go to Penn State! Much more than this man has going for him. But I see the support growing.

WW
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William Ward
15 months ago
$25
Anonymous
15 months ago
LH
$10
Leo Hirschocker
15 months ago

Fuck Walmart

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