Occupy San Diego tried their version of shame on Walmart customers on Black Friday as they subjected customers waiting in line to a sermon on shopping at small business instead of big business.
One protestor read from a written statement while approximately 75 repeated what he said.
“In the spirit of holiday giving, we believe a discussion is in order about the meaning of value and low cost. For every low-priced product purchased at Walmart, you communities pay the difference.”
The two protests, that are also being called “flash mobs” were organized at the Murphy Canyon Road and Shawline Street Walmarts, according to eastcountymagazine.
Citizens of Walmart!! Greetings and welcome back from the food coma!! In the spirit of holiday giving, we believe a discussion is in order about the meaning of value and low cost. For every low-priced product purchased at Walmart, your communities pay the difference.
Every price drop represents mistreated workers who STILL cannot feed their families, STILL cannot afford their homes, and STILL cannot payoff their tuitions. Every sweet deal can be attributed to our jobs being outsourced from American communities. Each item on sale helps bankrupt small businesses.
You, your communities and your workers are being abused. Walmart intentionally under=employs, forgoing REAL benefits for social services, costing California taxpayers $86 million annually. Walmart employees are overworked, underpaid, and left under-insured in poor and unsafe conditions. Walmart could fire its employees for the mere mention of forming a workers union; which is the best tool American workers have to protect their rights.
Corporate beasts such as this one bleed our communities dry by putting the local business owners, who actually have personal stake in your communities, at a disadvantage against these gluttonous juggernauts. Yet they have the nerve to tell you it’s for your benefit.
We do not have to buy the scam! We do not have to buy dollar-collars for our families. We do not have to buy any of this! Self-made gifts have more power anyway.
So this holiday season, give yourselves, your families, and your communities the gift of empowerment. Act locally! Shop small business! Buy American! Thank you, Exit safely, and remember to smile.
Once the message was completed, the OSD participants left the store (leaving their shopping carts filled with items behind for someone else to clean up) shouting, “We are the 99 percent, you are the 99 percent.”
“I worked at a wal-mart for two summers as a cashier in between school years. Wal-mart employees are definitely the 99% and are mostly very poor. However, the Occupy SD people need to take note: the people I worked with were honest and hardworking, and were glad to be making ANY money and to be employed in any job. Leaving 75 carts FULL of merchandise will simply waste the employees time putting it back (nevermind any food that may be spoiled) and proves no point. You look like jerks'” commented Crousselle10.