VIA| After serving in the Army during World War II, Otto Weil thought he’d spend his semi-retired years as a Walmart greeter in Las Vegas. The 92-year-old became a staple at his local Walmart store during his 18-year career. Until last Friday, when he was fired for no apparent reason.
“I just don’t know why they fired me,” said Weil told KTNV. “I really don’t know.”
When KTNV learned of Weil’s firing, the news station took action to get to the bottom of Walmart’s decision.
The manager would not talk to anyone from the station, but referred them to the corporate office instead.
The company said Weil did not greet six people during one of his shifts and that he took four sick days in six months, when employees are only allowed three.
Betsy Harden with Walmart’s Media Relations Department said they were already investigating what happened with Weil. Less than two hours after the news station began asking questions, Walmart reversed its decision and gave Weil his job back.
The company is also going to pay him lost wages for the week he did not work.