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In regards to Mr Barnes moving his relief effort from Walmart parking lot

About: Bob Barnes truck moved to street near Five Star

Tiffany Kessler writes:
I understand the staff of Walmart are just doing their jobs, but shame on the company for having such an idiotic policy. Considering the southern region of the US is their most profitable market, they should be happy to assist in the relief effort and grant an emergency exception. Has common sense and decency just completely gone out the window? Sam Walton is turning over in his grave.-Tiffany Kessler
Thanks for you comment. I would agree with the need for Walmart to allow local judgment, common sense to take over in a situation such as this one, but the underlying premise of the company rule is, we'd concede, a good one: To make sure that charities soliciting on company property are legitimate ones. On the other hand, those of us who know Bob Barnes and believe in him, and who contributed to his effort wish that more local autonomy were allowed at local Walmarts, autonomy which would have allowed an exception to have been made in this case. And we would point out that Mr. Barnes holds no animosity toward the company and that the local officials were apologetic about the situation. -ED

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