Gay couple banned from Walmart over dispute at Indiana store

  • metta

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:29 AM GMT



    Gay couple banned from Walmart over dispute at Indiana store


    http://www.chicagopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/8751249
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    Just one more reason not to shop at Walmart.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    Celticmusl saidJust one more reason not to shop at Walmart.

    We're up to, what, 47?

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:42 AM GMT

    I'll get my fashion brief from elsewhere. icon_mad.gif
  • bigguysf

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    I would sue the fuck out of them... that was outrageous.
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  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 09, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    bigguysf saidI would sue the fuck out of them... that was outrageous.
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    Walmart owns the justice system.
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
    Well make a big noise then. Sounds like there is more to the story than meets the eye.
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
    No wal-marts here, Thank god!
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    Are you kidding me with this? That is downright outrageous and the fact that they can prove they were wrongfully accused and then treated poorly is even more criminal.

    I'd sue them til they bleed dry.
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Not pleasant news, especially since I work at a Walmart.

    http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20091102/NEWS01/911010358
    This article goes into more detail.
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    Nov 09, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    I don't understand why two attorneys would not sue over being treated like this.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    We all (every one of us) should avoid Walmart like the plague.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:03 AM GMT
    Avoid Walmart or that particular Walmart in that particular area?

    It seems ti's the people of that store that should be held accountable but it's hard to do that without going for company itself. Sadly enough after reading the more in depth article it seems like a losing battle but I still hope justice is served.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    How is it that the Wal-Mart security personnel were the ones who took the twin boys? Is it legal for police to leave two children, minors, behind at the scene of a crime? (Besides the fact that clearly, no crime had taken place...)

    If the adults & children were forced to endure homophobic remarks, I would certainly think there was a court case possible, if at the very least on the childrens' behalf. I wonder why they're not suing...

    Edit: According to the South Bend Tribune Link, they do plan to fight Wal-Mart's attempts to bill them for "stolen items" totaling ~$158.00...how can a store bill you for items its own videotapes proved that you had paid for?
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Nov 09, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    1 why the fuck were they in there in the first place?
    2 fuck that place
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    In the eyes of the court it would be very hard for the couple to prove what was said. it's a whole company against four people, not to mention the police department which didn't seem to be very much help in the first place.

    While the tapes did clear them off not being thieves it doesn't prove much else and turns into a huge "He said, They said" fiasco.

    The kids statement can easily be thrown out as any lawyer will tell you and then comes the perceotion fo how things were handled by the crackpot security of Walmart and the area police.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    I am so glad Brooklyn doesn't want Walmart anywhere in the cityicon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidIn the eyes of the court it would be very hard for the couple to prove what was said. it's a whole company against four people, not to mention the police department which didn't seem to be very much help in the first place.

    While the tapes did clear them off not being thieves it doesn't prove much else and turns into a huge "He said, They said" fiasco.

    The kids statement can easily be thrown out as any lawyer will tell you and then comes the perceotion fo how things were handled by the crackpot security of Walmart and the area police.


    Very true. Like David and Goliath.
    Walmart could draw out the lawsuit for years causing the couple to pay heavly for court fees and lawyer fees (unless both choose to represent themselves).

    It is better to drop it and move on, or better yet, get the media involved.
    In some cases, the news can be more effective that taking a legal course of action.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    Seriously.
    Why would two lawyers even consider shopping there. Out of the two one must make a good deal of money...
    You should avoid EVERY Walmart, not just the one. Walmarts tend to treat their employees like shit, hardly pay them a thing, and offer little to no health insurance. Some of the people that work there used to have their own shops-but they could not compete with Walmart's 'everyday low prices...'
    This company is honestly one of the worst out there.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    I worked for SAM'S Club for 10 years and never had anything like this happen. I am speechless!!! Left SAM'S 2 years ago and only go to WalMart for my prescriptions. I guess I may need to find another pharmacy.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    It's a sad case really. A simple trip stop for good behavior that turns sour on so many levels. That's a big lemon and not all the sugar in the world can make it sweet enough to endure.

    It's a loosing battle unfortunately. The question isn't why did they go there. That's not relevant to this case. The fact is they went there regardless of how much money they make and were treated poorly and serviced even worse by two parties and pretty much punished for something they didn't even do.They are pretty victims of a bad system and they suffer (if you count being banned a bad thing).

    What's damaging is the perception of the whole thing. Two lawyers who apparently know their shit are both shot down by a bigotry staff and crew of a monopolizing company and pretty much embarrassed in the public eye (with their kids no less) who had to suffer that sort of indecency at such a young in this day and age for no apparently reason. That's the real crime and it would seem they are powerless despite any efforts they put forth in solving the issue.

    In the long run Walmart wins out financially regardless of this act of discrimination nad homophobia since people are still gonna shop there, even the ones who can afford to shop elsewhere beacuse Walmart makes shopping cheap and convenient.

    A sad case indeed.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 09, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    I'd ban Walmart .. not the other way around.

    Give me Target, give me K mart.... (well maybe)

    Give me wide aisles, give me fresh air, give me fresh produce...

    Give me friendly, competent staff.....

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    Nov 09, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    This is why I can't live in the US anymore - if this had happened as a case of Racial discrimination then Walmart would have to pay millions in settling a race discrimination lawsuit - every other minority in America is protected by the law EXCEPT gays - there are no equal rights for gays and still lots of homophobia.. its a shame for such a developed super power country treating gay people so badly.... even I have had to deal with homophobic comments in the US.. that too in New York.. now I just dress in such a fashionable way that it intimidates most of those homophobic type Americans from even daring to speak to me... let alone pass a homophobic comment.

    This also just goes to show that USA as a country is still quite backward compared to the rest of the developed world. If this had happened in UK or France...it would have caused massive protests and the majority of the people protesting would be straight europeans.
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    north_runner saidHow is it that the Wal-Mart security personnel were the ones who took the twin boys? Is it legal for police to leave two children, minors, behind at the scene of a crime? (Besides the fact that clearly, no crime had taken place...)
    I was thinking the same. Isn't there a child protective services used in Indiana?
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    steltom saidWell make a big noise then. Sounds like there is more to the story than meets the eye.


    Ditto!

    This story is vague on many accounts.