My brother and I entered Walmart today on a trip to get some fishing line. Sensing we might have some trouble I brought in my health code letter. We got by the greeter who happily greeted us then looked at us a little confused but didn't comment.
We got over to the fishing section with no issues. We were then confronted by some raspy voiced man who said we need shoes, we spent five or so minutes in a fairly civil debate over it. He didn't seem like he was about to kick us out but he was very reluctant about us not having shoes.
Eventually a guy came over and stuck up for us. He said you really should have a sign on the door if you want these people coming in with shoes on. The employee said that he had had incidents like this before many times and the customer shrewdly pointed out then if this has been an issue why have signs not been put up? He was countering this employee at every turn with arguments sticking up for us. I was really touched to see someone I didn't even know sticking up for me.
An apparently higher up lady passed by and the employee asked for her opinion on that. She quickly responded with the obvious we cant do it. I countered saying there is no sign on the door. She ofcourse brought up the old Department of Health Law. I said thats actually not true and pulled out the letter. She asked me if I just carry that around to prove it to people. I told her that I need to be prepared for any discrimination I might face.
She brought up the liability thing. I said if corporate thought it was an issue they would have a policy and have a sign.
Now here is going to be a little break in my post. I recorded this entire conversation so I will have a more detailed account of this as soon as I can.
She called over a manager who reaffirmed what she said. My brother and I both stated our cases. She said she transferred over from another Walmart and she worked at a beach store and it wouldn't be a problem if I was over there. I asked her whats the difference. She kept saying it was a State of Rhode Island law which is not true. Eventually we wore her down to the point where she said finish your shopping then I will ask you to leave. She also said she would make sure there are signs put up.
We weren't about to cause any more trouble than we already had.
We were wandering out way out and eventually got to the cashiers line.
Sadly I had just turned off my recorder when a very large man came up to us and greeted us and told us in fairly harsh language saying how we would be lead out of the store if we ever came in here again barefoot. He said he saw the law and that Walmart isn't a public building and he can ask us to leave. I told him that we will be taking our future business to a place that doesn't discriminate against any of their customers. He said it was my right as an American to do that and if he ever saw us in here barefoot he would immediately lead us out.
Frankly, his language tempts me to more action. If I were to be "asked to leave" or "lead out" what is stopping me from just ignoring them and going back to my shopping? If they touch me I can sue them right? Also if they call the Police hopefully I could persuade them to the fact I am in violation of no law, and there is no policy on the door and therefore they have no right to remove me without committing discrimination.
What do you think my friends?
Also to anyone who is in possession of a letter or documentation of Walmart's policies please forward them to me I would very much appreciate it.
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