Pennsylvania police officer fired from off-duty job at Walmart for carrying a firearm into the store while on duty
A Pennsylvania police officer who was fired from his side job at Walmart for showing up at the chain store armed while working for the police department is telling his side of the story- and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
38-year-old Taylor Police Department Officer Michael Zuby initiated a lawsuit against Walmart last year with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, with court documents claiming he was not only wrongfully terminated but would have been forced to violate state code in order to be in compliance.
“I never thought I would find myself pursuing a lawsuit in my lifetime,” Zuby told Leo Affairs in an interview on Wednesday.
Officer Michael Zuby had been employed by both the Taylor Police Department and Wal-Mart as a security guard.
The flashpoint of the dispute occurred approximately two weeks after Wal-Mart hired Officer Zuby in July 2015. While the officer was on duty with the Police Department, he stopped at the Wal-Mart store in Taylor for lunch in full uniform.
His security guard boss saw him and told him he could not be armed on store property.
Officer Zuby responded he was a police officer and had to be armed in his jurisdiction of Taylor.
The lawsuit states the store then twice requested a letter from the borough of Taylor prohibiting Officer Zuby from entering Wal-Mart property while on duty as a police officer.
According to the lawsuit, which calls the request “illegal,” the police chief refused this request both times, noting the officer may have to respond to a call there as the business is in the Police Department’s jurisdiction.
Wal-Mart policy bans employees from carrying weapons of any kind while on company property, but that was not the issue here, said Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for the company.
The conflict of interest of Officer Zuby serving as both a police officer and a store security guard in his police jurisdiction concerned the company, Mr. Hargrove said.http://www.leoaffairs.com/featured/exclusive-pennsylvania-police-officer-fired-off-duty-job-walmart-carrying-firearm-store-duty/