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Walmart manager of store that forced vets to leave apologizes

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Walmart employees in Elizabethtown called the police Sunday to make sure some veterans handing out poppies in honor of Memorial Day would leave the store. Now, the manager of that Walmart has called and apologized to Veterans of Foreign Wars, saying that he would do anything possible for the group.

Many people were outraged the vets were told to hit the road, but Walmart employees said they were just following store policy.

According to a spokesperson for Walmart, groups who want to solicit in front of their stores must be approved and scheduled in advance and only one group is allowed to reserve a table at a time.

VFW member Bobby Ludlum thought the organization had booked a space weeks in advance, but the store had no record of it and booked another group.

Little old men with red paper poppies? MEMORIAL Day weekend? And you call Der POLIZEI?!?!?!?

Forty lashes with a wet noodle…MORON.

7 Responses to “Otherwise Known in the Game As”

  1. Gary from Jersey says:

    That must be what $10 an hour gets in NC. Which helps explain why they elect so many Democrats.

  2. Skyler says:

    Well, they did screw up and not work it out with the store first. They’re pretty stupid on their own. It’s an over reaction by the store, but it seems everyone involved was stupid.

  3. aelfheld says:

    Skyler, who’s to say the person at WalMart in charge of bookings didn’t ‘misplace’ everything?

  4. Skyler says:

    Well, aelfheld, we can also speculate as to whether a micrometeorite drilled a hole in the manager’s brain, too, but that’s not in the facts presented either.

  5. Kathy K says:

    Skyler, you ever dealt with Walmart employees (out of the store)? aefheld’s comment is all too likely. Many of them are quite competent – but they seem to have some sort of quota – so many morons per store…

    Otoh, I agree with you that everyone involved was stupid.

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    MY problem with the WalMart manager’s end of it is that their entire corporate image has been taking a beating for a long time and I canNOT believe that this doofus wasn’t cognizant of the fact before he let his fingers do the dialing for the cops. To boot VETERANS off the property. HOLY CRAP. Now, on the other side, I have no DOUBT that the VFW lads were, um, quite possibly more vocal than, say, the Girl Scouts would have been in the face of such a scheduling error and probably a good deal more truculent faced with eviction. HOWEVER.

    On Memorial Day weekend, the retail equivalent of the Wicked Witch of the West does NOT draw attention to itself dropkicking Toto when Dorothy’s crying on the curb.

    And the manager should KNOW that. I’ll bet corporate cleared his woozy air quick.

  7. JeffS says:

    I’ve known a Wal-Mart manager or two. And they are used to fill Kathy’s Moron Quota.

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