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December 7, 2002

Wal-Mart Responsibly Keeps Eye on Bottom Line...

Posted by Mike on December 7, 2002 11:27 AM

... and responsibly ensures that irresponsible Toys for Tots organizers learn a valuable lesson about following all the rules:

TheDenverChannel.com - News - Sterling Wal-Mart Resells Donated Toys

With 10 days left until the end of the annual Toys for Tots drive for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, organizer Susan Kraich said she was back at square one.

"I've been keeping an eye on that box every time I went to Wal-Mart, and was so excited as it slowly began to fill. Over the weekend I heard that it was nearly full, so I went to pick it up. I was devastated when I found it empty," Kraich said.

Kraich said she complained to store management, but was told the store would only replace the items she knew for a fact were in the box. She left the store after replacing only three toys that she had purchased and donated to the cause.

Kudos to the store manager for bravely stepping up and putting all the toys back on the shelf for resale rather than risking a single unpurchased item getting out of the store. What sort of a world do we live in where a store manager has to cringe and toady to the unproductive of our society:

"Not that that has anything to do with this situation. Only to say that, as a corporation, we are very community minded. I'd hate to see a discrepancy over a few toys change that perception in the eyes of the public," Barritt said.

Don't you worry at all, Mr. Barritt... my perception of Wal-Mart remains unchanged after this incident.

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