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Disappointing evidence of employee and customer support, nonetheless coupled with security anomalies.


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Today (Nov 23) being promoted as the Walmart "Black Friday" protest-day, I drove over to the Super Walmart store on Highway 44, just west of Inverness, Florida. Arriving about noon, I expected to see some pickets or protestors bearing perhaps signs with slogans and such outside the store or along the roadside -- there were none such. Strange, I thought, as the news of the previous week being full of reports of slavish wages, miserable working conditions, abusive management and such had prepared me to expect some visible and perhaps vocal display of employee discontent -- but nada.


The parking lot was fairly full -- about what I have experienced on my weekly normal visits to purchase food, household goods, garden items and such. But there was one quite unusual bit, and that was two helmeted, large horse-mounted figures bearing "Citrus County Sheriff" in big letters on the back of their shirts, urging their mounts slowly down the drive immediately in front of the store entrances. Their mission? Well, one could suppose to protect employees or perhaps customers in case of a disturbance -- oh yeah, sure.


After parking my car, I -- intending no purchase -- entered the store without incident and found things to appear quite normal and adequately staffed with employees bending to their work stocking shelves, tending cash registers and such, and customers pushing their carts down the aisles as usual. But inside, here again there was one never before experienced anomaly: in the approximately ten minutes I spent walking the aisles there were FOUR loudspeaker announcements to "security" followed by some sort of numerical code, but with no incident to follow. Again, no doubt to protect employees and customers, oh yes.


So there we have it: Black Friday protest-day at my local Walmart. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed, having anticipated some evidence of the publicized employee discontent, perhaps noticeable employee absence, and more public support to be evidenced by less patronage. But then again, perhaps this is just one more example of the American public's passive awareness and meager reaction to our societal abuses such as prolonged unemployment, medical care and education below the standards of the industrialized family of nations, the growing distortion in the distribution of wealth, and of course the endless wars for resources, etc, etc.


I personally have a tough time digesting such. I suppose I'm still an American, but much less proudly and enthusiastically so. I am, however, no longer a lifelong Democrat, or of any party connected with the growing flood of government oversights and abuses across the past thirty years.


Yes, and disappointed in today's performance in the microcosm by both the employees and customers at my local super Walmart store.

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