Sequim, WA. Why He Will Never Shop At Wal-Mart.
Mac McAllister says he is "a certified senior citizen." He went to Wal Mart for the first time in his life recently. "It was one of the most humiliating experiences I have ever encountered." Here are excerpts from the letter McAllister sent to the CEO of Wal-Mart:
WHY I WILL NEVER SHOP AT WAL-MART
I live in Port Townsend, Washington, about 50 miles from Seattle. I needed some things for my apartment, and the new Wal-Mart in Sequim, Washington would save me a trip to Seattle. February 3, 2005, when I entered I asked the greeter for home furnishings and she gave me directions. As soon as I get to the department, a voice on the intercom alerts security to monitor the home furnishings department. Since I was the only African American in the store I assume this was meant for me, but put the thought aside and tried to find what I was looking for...Now it gets interesting. When I tried to get assistance, the clerks looked at me like I was Osama bin Laden and were both rude and abrasive, like I was taking up their time. So now I knew I am being monitored by security. Finally I found what I was looking for, and went to the snack bar to check the bus schedules for my return trip to Port Townsend. Again a voice comes over the intercom to monitor the cameras in the snack bar, and what I thought was paranoia is now a hard cold fact. Since there are few minorities in the area, I am getting the full treatment, and security is monitoring my every move. I am 65 years old and have never been in Wal-Mart in my life, and it will be another 65 years before I come back. I realize Wal-Mart caters to the lower middle class clientele, and the only reason I was there was because of convenience, not necessity. I am just going to write this off as a bad experience and go home, when again a voice comes over the intercom for security to monitor the entrance and exit cameras. Now I am totally pissed off. If I were going to steal something, it would not be at Wal-Mart, maybe the Bon, or Nordstrom. So now will the Wal-Mart SWAT team with AK-47s be waiting for me when I try to leave? Let the games begin. I discovered some valuable information on how Wal-Mart can randomly stop customers when they think they look suspicious, (Blacks, Latinos, Arabs or other minorities). The person in security can activate the alarm when you walk through the detector, and this is what happens: The clerk pulls you aside and says: " Oh I am sorry there seems to be a problem do you mind if we check your package?". Then they run the hand scanner over your merchandise and when everything checks out she says, "there must have been a problem when you scanned the merchandise, and that's what probably set off the alarm, oh by the way can I see your receipt?" Then they go through their song and dance about it was just a technical problem. Let me put this on a level so even the CEO can grasp what I am saying; The cashier scanned my merchandise when I purchased it so there was nothing to set off the alarm; it was just a ruse to search me. Since I am never, never, never coming back to Wal-Mart I asked to see the manager, so I can tell him that I will never, never, never, set foot in his store again. The assistant manager comes up and commits the cardinal sin; she tries to patronize me like I'm some lunatic chained to a wall. This has now become up close and personal...I am going to start a campaign to boycott Wal-Mart. If 500 people email 500 more people the
chain reaction can do financial havoc on any corporation. My goal is to get 500 people to boycott Wal-Mart because of their racist practices against their customers. Every person likes to be treated with respect and dignity when they enter a store, not surrounded by store detectives and monitored by security cameras. So I intend to do something about the problem. You do not have to respond to this email with your cookie-cutter letters about how Wal-Mart is a diverse work place-blah, blah, blah. I want you to be aware of what is happening, and I will keep you updated. on my progress. Sorry to disappoint you, but all black people don't steal. Have a great day,
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