Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart, now get the Hell out!

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Police say they have made an arrest in the case of a racial comment being made over the public-address system at a Wal-Mart store in southern New Jersey. The Washington Township Police Department said on its Web site early Saturday that an arrest has been made in a "bias incident" at the retail store. The posting says the police and Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office will announce the arrest at a midday news conference.
Washington Township Police declined to comment early Saturday.
A male voice came over the Wal-Mart public address system Sunday evening and calmly announced: "Attention, Wal-Mart customers: All black people, leave the store now." The announcement provoked an immediate apology from the store manager.
Officials for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said the announcement was "unacceptable."
It was unacceptable, but was it illegal? Suppose he had said, "All fat people leave the store" or "all stupid people leave the store?" Would the police be investigating that, too?

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