#Occupy Orange County Walmart Flash Mob Leaves Employees Feeling Insulted
Walmart employees said they felt insulted after a group of Occupy Orange County activists gathered near the cash registers and lectured the workers on Walmart abuses. The Obama-endorsed loons organized a flash mob in the store on Tuesday.
Last week the Occupy Orange County activists held a rally in front of the Whole Foods Market insisting that they were the “99%.”
A two minute “flash mob” by members of Occupy’s Santa Ana contingent left some Walmart employees feeling disrespected and confused.
At 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, about 20 protesters gathered near the cash registers at the Walmart at Harbor Boulevard and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana.
The group began chanting a message intended to convey solidarity with Walmart employees and urging them to skip work on the day after Thanksgiving.
“We believe that it is wrong that the corporation you work for is making you come in to work in the middle of the night when you should be at home with your families,” the group chanted in unison. “It is wrong that their profits soar while you struggle to make ends meet. … We strongly urge you to call in sick on Black Friday.”
The group then marched out of the store chanting “We are the 99 percent.” At least one shopper joined the group and marched out with them, pumping her fist in the air.
Afterward, as the protesters drove away, a handful Walmart employees gathered outside the store’s entrance. One woman called the protest “stupid.” Another said it was “disrespectful.”
A third employee seemed to miss the protesters’ message entirely, thinking they were connected to an effort to unionize workers at the store.
“It’s not funny … it’s stressing us out even more,” said the woman, who declined to give her name.