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  •  I could never be a Walmart manager (22+ / 0-)

    I've been in all kinds of managerial positions.  In a case like this, I would never had made these two statements:

    "I can't accept this at this time"
    ...
    "The police are on the way."
    Walmart has a real problem that is not going away.  Stonewalling and calling the police only escalates, it doesn't solve.   But I can imagine the manager reporting to his district manager that he did things by the book so that he, himself, wouldn't get into trouble.  But as a result of his actions, Walmart looks even more the fool, incalcitrant and uncaring.

    By my book, managers are suppose to address problems before they get worse.  

    I would have quietly taken the petitions and promise to pass them along, and I would have let the protesters have their moment, even if they were "trespassing" or other minor inconveniences.  They were obviously very peaceful and nonthreatening.  

    And, I suppose, Walmart perhaps would have fired me for having one iota of independence outside the corporate straitjacket.

    I could never be a manager for Walmart.  Unless it was unionized and the workers had more power and received more respect from corporate.

    •  police on the way does allow for dispersion (2+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, emeraldmaiden

      Given what wilbur and trianglenc said, it actually might
      have been useful for the organizers to know how much time they had - but no, this is bad, bad publicity for Walmart.

      •  the organizers knew the police were on the way... (1+ / 0-)
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        emeraldmaiden

        The manager tells the woman that presented the petitions that the police are on the way (in the video).

        But it is likely that the perfomance was to be short lived as planned.

        Shows how important it is to document (video) the demonstration.

        "The Butler." Great Movie! Go see it.

        by TriangleNC on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 06:29:36 AM PDT

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