Strangers offer cash, housing to fired Walmart worker, newspaper reports

Jan Sullivan, 73, is shown in the house she was forced to sell after Walmart fired her. She has moved into a mobile home. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

Jan Sullivan, 73, is shown in the house she was forced to sell after Walmart fired her. She has moved into a mobile home. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

Jan Sullivan, 73, is shown in the house she was forced to sell after Walmart fired her. She has moved into a mobile home. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times

Jan Sullivan, 73, is shown in the house she was forced to sell after Walmart fired her. She has moved into a mobile home. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times

— Jan Sullivan didn't know her story had been read 108,000 times on tampabay.com.

She didn't know that a woman in Bangalore, India, was thinking about her. That a man in Australia wanted to send her a check. That someone in Tampa had created an online account to help raise money for her.

Hundreds of people — all strangers — have offered cash, housing and, in many cases, friendship to Sullivan since the Tampa Bay Times reported her story July 1.

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Comments » 17

swfljim writes:

Jan just found out how delightful it is to be employed in a "right-to-work" state.
Just like the young lifeguard in Ft. Lauderdale who was fired this past week because he saved someones life outside of his employers designated zone.
Neither dismissal would have ever happened in a unionized workplace and Jan wouldn't have spent the past 23 years working for minimum wage. Keep supporting the Republican cause, the benefits will trickle down to you someday.

savethewhalz writes:

Don't know but she looks pretty smug spilling out that chair. I'm guessing a 30'ish athletic Russian billionaire has proposed and wants to honeymoon in Monte Carlo.

Here4Now writes:

in response to swfljim:

Jan just found out how delightful it is to be employed in a "right-to-work" state.
Just like the young lifeguard in Ft. Lauderdale who was fired this past week because he saved someones life outside of his employers designated zone.
Neither dismissal would have ever happened in a unionized workplace and Jan wouldn't have spent the past 23 years working for minimum wage. Keep supporting the Republican cause, the benefits will trickle down to you someday.

Bingo - you pegged it.

vivianped writes:

To SWFLJIM and IMSUFRIN
You people are sick with your unionism.
She doesn't look as if she could work anywhere.
But then again, unions don't talk about
doing work, but do talk about working
up benfits to members regardless of outcome.

swfljim writes:

in response to vivianped:

To SWFLJIM and IMSUFRIN
You people are sick with your unionism.
She doesn't look as if she could work anywhere.
But then again, unions don't talk about
doing work, but do talk about working
up benfits to members regardless of outcome.

vivianped-You and I can agree on one thing, she does seem to be in less then ideal physical condition-but you do have to consider her age.
Union members are RETIRED by the age of 73-not working the midnight shift on Thanksgiving night as a bouncer for Wal-Mart

KR writes:

Unions only protect bad employees!

paradise52 writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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Now that is hilarious!!

brianfl writes:

in response to SoldierStrong:

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I'm not a liberal but the same can be said about your side too.

"Corruption from Union thugs destroyed America" right because no corporation, business or politician has ever been corrupt?

"Union thugs destroyed our Auto Industry" The autoworkers only assemble the cars. Were the unions in charge or the poor design, poor quality cheap interiors, hiring incompetent management who knew nothing about cars, bad marketing, and horrible product planning?

"Union backed thug chicago politicians destroy our nation even more every day" The same could be said for the "Good Ole Boy" politics of the south where the entire county is a family run business. Grand daddy is the mayor, cousins run the county commission, uncles is the head sheriff etc.

Beachglow writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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Unions have destroyed America promising unrealistic entitlements. That's the main reason all the cities and governnment are broke and why businesses are going out of business.

We are now entitlement nation and we're just now figuring out it's not sustainable.

Just can't agree with your statement.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to Beachglow:

Unions have destroyed America promising unrealistic entitlements. That's the main reason all the cities and governnment are broke and why businesses are going out of business.

We are now entitlement nation and we're just now figuring out it's not sustainable.

Just can't agree with your statement.

On the bright side, we are ramping up and going to las vegas to see harry reid and spend millions of union contributions on shows, eats, girls, and trinkets made elsewhere!

YOW! gone bad!

cnc1128 writes:

in response to savethewhalz:

Don't know but she looks pretty smug spilling out that chair. I'm guessing a 30'ish athletic Russian billionaire has proposed and wants to honeymoon in Monte Carlo.

How ignorant of you to judge this woman's character by how she looks in one photo. Go back to RUSSIA.

Dreamweaver writes:

in response to SoldierStrong:

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SoldierStrong: writes
"Union thugs destroyed our Auto Industry..."
I guess the FACT that the Auto Manufacturers continued to produce gas guzzling high profit margin SUV after the market for them crashed due to high gas prices had nothing to do with the decline of the Auto Industry, or was it the Unions demanded they keep producing SUV's?

ChiDem writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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I missed that part of history.

Is that why taxpayers spent $500 billion in stimulus replenishing union pension funds, because they are so good for America?

Seem like states that will be going bankrupt unless our economy can restart, are the union stifled states, correct? Guess who will bail them out?

62% of Wisconsin "union" workers have chosen not to continue with the union. Surprised it is not more.

vasnowbird writes:

So this older lady follows her boss's direction. Some jerk pushes her and she gets fired??! I grew up believing in respecting one's elders and particularly respecting women. I never was much of a fan of Walmart, but this will stop me from going there again. At most, I could have seen reprimanding her or giving her some retraining on how to react when you are pushed around by an idiot.

Max_Headroom writes:

It looks like missing a couple of meals a day would do her body good.

How did she move into a mobile home if she can't even move?

Therealist writes:

in response to swfljim:

Jan just found out how delightful it is to be employed in a "right-to-work" state.
Just like the young lifeguard in Ft. Lauderdale who was fired this past week because he saved someones life outside of his employers designated zone.
Neither dismissal would have ever happened in a unionized workplace and Jan wouldn't have spent the past 23 years working for minimum wage. Keep supporting the Republican cause, the benefits will trickle down to you someday.

So start a union for people like Jan. Put your money where your mouth is.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to Therealist:

So start a union for people like Jan. Put your money where your mouth is.

I'm thinking school bus monitor international, eh?

Pays better!

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