It really is amazing how much attention a tiny group of rabble can muster up on the news networks. Everywhere we looked last night national media was covering temper tantrums against Walmart across the country even though the attendance was miniscule. We suppose the frustration of the anti-capitalist scum then led them to plan some arrests for further attention.
Nine people were arrested near a Walmart store in California on Friday as part of national protests for the rights of hourly workers, even as the world’s largest retailer enjoyed what it said was its best ever start to the holiday shopping rush.
Hundreds of protesters, including some Walmart workers who skipped their shifts on the retail industry’s busiest day, spoke, chanted and sang outside of Walmart stores around the United States, making pleas for higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers.
OUR Walmart, an organization backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, said it counted 1,000 protests in 46 U.S. states, including strikes in 100 cities – figures that Walmart said were “grossly exaggerated.”
There was no evidence that such activity disrupted what appeared to be a strong start for Wal-Mart Stores Inc to the crucial holiday shopping season.
The arrest of nine people in Paramount, California, who told law enforcement they intended to be arrested, occurred at around 12 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET), well after the rush of specials that kicked off at 8 p.m. the night before and culminated with a 5 a.m. round of deals on “Black Friday,” the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.
Nine people, who refused to leave the street, were peacefully arrested for refusal to disperse, said Captain Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Three of those arrested were striking Walmart workers, OUR Walmart said.
This so-called protest was such an epic failure that Walmart posted record sales Friday as well as a jump in their stock price.
For its part, Walmart said it recorded its best Black Friday events ever, with more shoppers than last year and nearly 10 million register transactions between 8 p.m. Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday. It said it sold more than 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million TVs and some 250,000 bicycles.
Shares of Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart rose 1.9 percent to $70.20 on Friday, outpacing the gains in the broader stock market during a shortened trading session.
Any Walmart employees dumb enough to risk their jobs in such aa moribund economy should be terminated if only to teach them a lesson. Then where will their union thug pals be?