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Sometimes Have to Use Their Own Money to Provide an American Flag For
Summary of eRumor:
The message is said to be from
a citizen who noticed that there were no flags flying outside of the
local Wal-Mart during the patriotically intense days after the
terrorist attack on America. That person was told that
Wal-Mart does not provide flags to their stores. She called
Wal-Mart's corporate offices and was told that if the local store
cannot fit the flag into their budget, the only way to have one
would be if the employees all chipped-in and bought it.
The Truth: A spokesperson for Wal-Mart corporate headquarters says it is not
true that Wal-Mart does not make provision for American flags for
display at their stores.
Whenever a new Wal-Mart is built, a part of the budget is for a
flagpole and flag for display.
In the case of stores where an outside flagpole cannot be erected
because logistical problems or local regulations, a flag is able to
be displayed inside, such as being hung in proper
The flag pole and flag are a part of the start-up costs of the store
so are technically a part of the store's own budget, but all
Wal-Mart stores should have flags and no employees should have to
pay for it themselves.
The writer of the eRumor does not identify the particular store she
is referring to, so we don't know what the actual story is of what
she was told.
A real example of the story as it has
I have run across a situation that I think should be
changed; it upset me
and so I decided to put it out on the Internet. If you decide to forward
this note to your friends, that's fine-if not, that's okay, too. Maybe
wrong in feeling this way, but this is what I found on Friday, October
2001.I ran to our local Wal-Mart store before I went to work. I needed a
couple of items before we left at noon for a short vacation. While I was
being checked out at the counter, I realized that I had not noticed an
American Flag flying outside and asked the clerk why there wasn't one. I
told that the policy is that Wal-Mart does not provide flags to their
stores-rather, each store must provide their own-at this store, the
employees would have to take up a collection among themselves to make
purchase of the flag, pole & flood light. I was sure there was a
misunderstanding in that policy somewhere, but needed to hurry off to
so I didn't pursue the problem.
As I drove to work I became more and more upset to
think that the Company
that always "seems" to encourage patriotism and "Buy
American" won't even,
in these days of horror and heroism and war on terrorism, provide their
stores with flags to show their support!!
When I got to work I told my co-employees what I had
found that morning
they agreed that I must be mistaken-Wal-Mart would not have a policy
made individual stores/employees purchase their own flag, "for
sake"!! My co-employees suggested I just call Wal-Marts corporate
and there I would discover the truth to this misunderstanding.
So, I did-I called the Corporate office and spoke to
By the way, their number is 1-800-Wal-Mart. Do you know what I was told?
wasn't misunderstanding their policy! Each store must provide their own
flag-if the store can't fit the expense into their budget, then the
employees have to take up a collection. Now, I find this a disgrace. I
always noticed the large flags flying at every Perkins Pancake
always fly the flag, even when there isn't a National Emergency. But
Wal-Mart, the company who has become wealthy beyond measure in this
Country of ours; who claims to be "one big happy family", who
"Buy American", but who cannot/will not provide a flag
pole/flag and light
to each of their stores wherever they are. Would this be expensive? Oh,
somewhat, I agree, but I hear that Wal-Mart is planning to build many
stores in the near future and that, possibly, they will make every
store into a "super-store". Now, I realize that expanding like
bring in more money and make them wealthier still-where providing flags
all their stores would only COST money and not add money to their
Maybe, just maybe, not providing flags to their stores and not flying
flag in support of our Country will start costing them more money-maybe
will start looking more closely for the flag before I shop and begin
supporting the smaller stores who don't worry so much about the
line", but rather are happy to spend somemoney to show they really
America. Do you think I am really way off base on this, or do you feel
the same. Thanks for taking the time to think about this with me-if you
feel the same, forward this on to your address list-if not, that's what
your "Delete" is for.
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