Because he has some anxiety and didn't want to escalate the situation, Walsh tended to other matters before turning the money in a half hour later.
Two days later, on Nov. 6, he was fired for "gross misconduct." The store manager said she couldn't discuss the move, while a company spokesman said he had "no comment."
"I enjoyed my job, I was a good employee and always got to work on time," Walsh said. "I got treated like a common criminal."
On the same day at another location, Thomas Smith was fired for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind by a customer at his Walmart store, the Times Union says. He has since received a new job with better pay ($12/hour), according to Times Union.
Walsh's firing came during the 20 percent holiday discount, and he was only two years away from his 10 percent lifetime discount had he remained a 20-year employee. It was his only job, and his wife is disabled, the report says.