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88-year-old Walmart greeter fired after wild turkey enters store

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Bob Tallinger, 88, said he was fired from Walmart after a wild turkey wandered into the store. (Source: WISN via CNN) Bob Tallinger, 88, said he was fired from Walmart after a wild turkey wandered into the store. (Source: WISN via CNN)

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WISN/CNN) -- An 88-year-old man said he was fired from his job at Walmart because he didn’t alert a manager when a wild turkey walked through the doors.

Bob Tallinger was working as a greeter at a Walmart store in Waukesha, Wisconsin when the turkey wandered into the store on March 27.

In his eight years as a greeter at the store, Tallinger said he’d never seen anything like it. 

Tallinger said when he asked why he was fired, his boss told him, "Well you should have helped get that turkey out of here."

His wife, Janet Tallinger, said her husband’s termination is unfair.

"He was hired to be a greeter and that's what he did. He never saw a book of rules that said if a wild turkey comes in here you better run and get management," she said.

Janet Tallinger said her husband is the most popular person at the Waukesha Walmart and loved working as a greeter.

"Granted he's gotten older and granted he's lost a little memory but nevertheless that hasn't prevented him from being an excellent greeter."

Tallinger said the job was the highlight of his days, and that he’ll miss the people the most.

Walmart's corporate headquarters later issued the following statement:

"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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