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Old 12-02-2008, 02:42 AM   #1
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Wal-Mart Arms Greeters With Semi-Automatic Weapons
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CAP) - In the wake of the trampling death of one of its employees during a "Black Friday" shoppers stampede in Long Island, N.Y., Wal-Mart has announced that its greeters will be outfitted with body armor and Kimber ICQB semi-automatic pistols, effective immediately.

"We know our customers are always excited to experience our high quality merchandise and terrific values," said Wal-Mart director of security Clint Redman. "That said, we want them to realize that if they become unruly, we are within our rights to shoot them in the chest."

The move to arm greeters has raised eyebrows in some quarters, particularly given the problems Wal-Mart encountered in 2005 when it tried outfitting some greeters with Tasers. Wal-Mart aborted the program when it came out that more than half of those greeters wound up accidentally shocking themselves while on duty.

"It was getting to the point where small children wouldn't want to come into the store, because they were afraid they might see the greeter lying on the floor convulsing again," admitted Redman.

However, Redman attributed that problem to the "generation gap" involved in issuing such "new-fangled" equipment to greeters, most of whom are over 75 and unfamiliar with much of the technology involved in modern retail, such as Tasers, product scanners and cash registers.

"In my day an old shoe box full of change worked just fine," said Clarence Friedrichsen, 83, a greeter at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Boonville, Ind.

But as for firearms, Redman noted that most of the greeters are very comfortable with carrying them, and many have even offered to bring in their own weapons to work.

"It just make senses for us to be carrying," said Friedrichsen, waving his locked and loaded Colt M1911A1. "Frankly, I've been lugging this baby around since the war, and I figure I don't have much time left to get a few more notches on the old barrel."

Fred Cranston, 79, a greeter at the Wal-Mart in Caruthersville, Mo., agreed. "Between you and me, I've been bringing my piece to work for years," he said over the sound of his Browning 9mm pistol discharging as he practiced shooting coffee cans off the fence in his backyard. "Sometimes when a kid's yowling or acting up, I'll lift my shirt and show him the handle sticking out of my waistband. I tell ya, that stops 'em crying right quick."

Still, there are those who are afraid that arming the greeters might just escalate the violence and even increase annual fatalities at Wal-Mart, which tend to average between 250-300 customers and employees, typically the result of boxes that fall on them from a high shelf.

"It's our opinion that fewer guns is always better than more guns," said Darlene Fortenski of Mothers Against Everything (MAE), whose group has also raised concerns over small children injured when the bins of $5 DVDs nobody wants have overflowed, burying them.

Still, Wal-Mart seems determined to go forward with the plan. "We plan to have every greeter armed by the start of next month," said Redman, if they can get the training done and reassign to other positions the 30 percent of greeters known to have at least one glass eye and/or a history of psychosis.

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Old 12-02-2008, 02:50 AM   #2
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It might work in BENTONVILLE, Ark.!! Good luck doing this in California or any other Californicated state!!

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Mothers Against Everything...(MAE)

I LOVE that one!

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I don't have a problem with it, in fact just the other day I told my wife that anyone acting like a rabid dog while hunting for a tickle me elmo should be thrown out of the store. I always go shopping with my wife if she goes on 'Black Friday' because of all the stupid people who are out that day. Although I hope they weren't serious about shooting people in the chest.

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While I hate Wal-Mart.

If this is true...it's a very SMART move.

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i like the whole "reassign to other positions the 30 percent of greeters known to have at least one glass eye and/or a history of psychosis." part

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I read somewhere a few months ago that several small towns did some research and found that within thier city limits, the most dangerous place in town was the Wal-Mart parking lot. This was because of several incidents where people have been attacked while leaving or entering the store. The report went on to say that it appears that the company doesn't care about it's customers as long as they have paid for thier items.

I personally don't like them either and would never work there, they have some pretty crooked workplace practices.

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While this would be a smart move, judging by the writing style and content of the quotes, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this sounds like an article straight from the pages of The Onion.

Funny, nonetheless!

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It's true. My uncle's brother's son works in the maxillofacial supplies department at the local Wally World here and he has to get qualified on the M61A2 before New Year's Day.
He's wiggin'.

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You can't honestly believe there is a "Mothers Against Everything" that raises concerns about the $5 DVD bin overflowing and burying children, can you?

Or an 'official' Director of Security saying "If shoppers become unruly we are fully within our rights to shoot them in the chest" ??

I'm calling Shenanigans on this article...

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