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Posted: April 13, 2017

Walmart greeter says he was fired after wild turkey wandered into store

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By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WAUKESHA, Wis. —

An 88-year-old Wisconsin man never thought an incident involving a wild turkey would get him fired from his job as a Walmart greeter.

Bob Tallinger told WISN that a wild turkey wandered into the store March 27 while he was on duty as a greeter. Employees and customers were able to shoo the wayward bird to the outdoor garden section of the store, where a Humane Animal Welfare Society worker was able to capture it with a net. The bird was not injured and was released back into the wild. No customers were harmed during the incident.

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Tallinger was shocked to learn a few days later that he had been terminated. He said he was told that he was fired for not alerting a manager that the animal had wandered into the store.

Tallinger told WISN that he loved being a greeter because of all of the people he met on the job. Tallinger had been a greeter at the store for approximately eight years and was a popular fixture with customers, according to WISN.

When reached for comment, Walmart released the following statement to WISN: "We appreciate the public's concern and take this situation seriously. While we will not comment on HR matters, we can confirm Mr. Tallinger is no longer with the company."


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