VIDEO REPORT: Protesters Greet Walmart Shoppers

By: Barclay Pollak Email
By: Barclay Pollak Email

Posted Friday November 23, 2012 --- 3:15 p.m.

Protesters armed with bullhorns and signs lined the streets outside the Super Walmart in Monona as shoppers, like the Korpela brothers, made their way into the store.

" I don't have to work on Black Friday so I don't know why a lot of other people have to. "

Wesley Korpela and his two brothers were out a 6:30AM to take advantage of some of the door busters. The protesters didn't stop them from going into Walmart. But they agree with some of what they're saying.

Wesley says, " I don't think it's a holiday that you should have to work."

Having employees work on Thanksgiving or Black Friday isn't one of the main issues for the protesters. The biggest issues for the protesters are wages and benefits. They claim workers don't get enough of either.

Karen Wood says, " It is just unjust and morally and ethically wrong that all of these people have to be surviving the way that they are. "

Frank Wood, Karen's husband says, " By paying them substandard wages and benefits its causing great stress on our social fabric. "

After the rally protesters made their way to the store's front door to hand deliver a letter outlining their complaints. They were met by a store employee and told he'd pass their letter along to corporate.

The protesters did eventually make their way off the store's property. Many vowing to never spend another dime in a Walmart store.

The well publicized protests didn't stop many from shopping at Walmart. At one point last night workers were scanning close to 5,000 items per second.


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