Last night we reported that the Klamath Falls Wal-Mart Supercenter kicked Henly high school Christmas carolers to the curb when they went in to spread some Christmas cheer. Today the carolers were invited back to Wal-Mart to sing their one song. It appears as though after last nights viral internet outrage, Wal-Mart is trying to make amends. Cookies and coffee were provided for the carolers and the kids seemed happy after Wal-Mart announced over the intercom that the Carolers were in the produce isle and would like to sing to shoppers and associates. A crowd gathered to hear them sing and sent up cheers and loud applause when they finished. The carolers wore smiles. Some of the parents that were there didn’t seem as happy however. One parent was asked by a shopper if Wal-Mart had made amends and the parent said, “They’re trying.”
Robin Woodley, a Henley mother said today, “Good start but not enough! The damage is done. Boycott Wal-Mart!” This reporter has heard the same sentiment over and over today both online and in person from Klamath Falls residents.
A manager of the store who will go unnamed said, “Last night was just a lot of confusion,” when questioned about why the carolers were told to leave and that the police were being called.
“I just wish that one manager would apologize [publicly]. That’s what I want,” said Stacy Kerns, the Henley Choir mother who took the video of the carolers getting kicked out of the store last night.
Walmart has issued several statements to media, one of which says that the choir did not ask for permission and while they were there a child went missing causing them to need to get on the loud speaker to notify people about the missing child. Wal-Mart said that the choir was so loud it was preventing people from hearing the announcement. This claim has sparked further internet outrage however from shoppers and parents of the choir who were there during the incident and said that no such announcement was made and that there were no children missing. The parents also say that the choir asked weeks in advance for permission and were granted it by another manager and told a specific time to show up. One thing is for certain, this choir is noted to have asked every other business in Klamath Falls for permission long before coming to sing.
Was this just a Christmas flash mob gone wrong or can we file this under Wal-Mart flop? Leave us a comment and let us know. You can read the original article here.