Leo Goes To Wal-Mart, Again???
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And Again ???
Leo, What’s going on?” somebody asked.
this is the third time in 2 years, watcha’ gonna’ do get Scott’s Job
somethin’?” another one of ‘my pals’.
I guess I can’t blame everybody for askin’, but hold it gang, let me
that’s gonna’ take some explaining”, another heckler from the
OK, let me get this all straightened out gang.
You all ought to know I never set foot in that joint, never,
So let’s catch up with the facts.
year or so on Halloween I was out in
, at that place for a candy day sale.
all should remember that story.
a few bucks for the poor workers who toil there for peanuts, and have
insurance. That story was in
November 2005 issue of Pencilstubs.
then, yes I did actually enter those forbidden turnstiles, but please
story. Happened just on my
I was visiting my daughter, in May, we share our birth date on the
of that month. And, of course,
the celebration she needed to stock up on food a bit.
Well, let’s face it she lives in a little burg outside KC,
And, with gas prices and all, she nixed going there.
And, in her little burg in Western Missouri there is one ‘Save
’ store with very little selection for feasts.
So, she calls me aside, and whispers in my ear.
Dad, like it or not, I am going to have to go to WM over in the next
across the river and get some groceries.”
after the family got me down off the roof and made a huge pot of hot
(they said it would settle my nerves) I finally spoke up.
if that is where you are going to shop, I will go with you, BUT, I
SPENDIN’ A DIME IN THAT HELL HOLE OF CREATION.
But, I will MAKE A STATEMENT on my visit there”.
oh, what are you going to do Dad”?
I am going to just dig out my Union Shirt and Hat and wear it, and
through that damn place with you, but again, I AIN’T SPENDIN’ ONE RED
dad, we’ll all be arrested.”
how STATEMENTS are made kid.
that was my second visit to WM.
guess what, I did not get arrested, nor did I say one word to any
Nor did the wary manager, who seemed to be following me all
store, say a word, but he did keep his eye on me all the while we
So that was another reason not to talk to any employee, even
darling daughter could not find what she was looking for.
I surely would not get some poor employee in trouble by
in that get up I wore. The
would have probably thought I was handing out sign up cards or even
the employee of some secret organizing meeting.
NO I did not speak to anybody, but just walked through the
NOW THAT IS MAKING A STATEMENT, without uttering a word.
And just between me and all my friends here reading this, I
proud of myself, because not uttering a word is something god-awful
for me to
comprehend mentally. My dear
daughter wanted to take a picture of me, actually in the store, but I
warn her not to do that either as that might be considered some sort
publicity stunt. But she did get my picture once outside the door and
And so much for that second visit, let’s talk about now, June 30,
that was the third time in the past couple of years I visited
And, this time was just like the first time.
We never set foot on the property.
fun is fun, we had workers check us, managers speak to us, and even a
showed up with a very nice lady officer.
is the story and some PICs. We
arrived about 9:30 am on that nice sunny Saturday morning.
And here I am ready to hand out some cards explaining that Wal-Mart
- "ships good American jobs overseas,
- opposes strengthening our nation's port security,
- threatens our health care system,
- and helps make China's economy stronger while weakening America,
- so it is time to "Put America First"
for folks to
mail in to Wal-Mart Watch.
cool at that time of the morning in
so we got an early start.
stopped by to encourage us in our efforts. He
is the County Democratic Chair over in
Mary was along too, but then she always gets me to the places I got
soon we were gettin’ ‘em comin’ and goin’ right as they came in or
the driveway. And we
stayed right on
the sidewalk at the beginning of the driveway so as not to be on WM’s
soon we had a visitor. A
young lad, who worked at the store, came to tell us that the manager
to leave the premises.
you imagine that, a manager sends a poor innocent worker to lay down
the law to
us. Typical I suppose of
I am sure the managers don’t know any more about the law than
young man knew, but to send an innocent employee out to take care of
a job the
manager should do is something else. Did
he have it in for the kid, and maybe looking for an excuse to fire
I do not know the answer to that question but I treated that
a very nice manner and told him my name and had him repeat it so he
it back to his manager.
words to him were,
“You tell your manager that my name is Leo Curry Helmer.
Have you got that and can you repeat that?”
good, now you can tell your manager my name and that if he has some
me that he should come out and talk to me in person.”
evidently he did just that.
very short time the manager was out and telling me I had to
Well now, ol’ Leo C. can chew up managers like a plug a ol’
Tobacco, and spit ‘em out just as fast. Sure
had a lot of that experience in my years. So
here comes the manager hell bent on telling me what I should do.
in the next picture I am looking him square in the eye, and telling
a few facts of life and otherwise. Well,
I wasn’t too ‘stern’ with him, just told him where his property was
where I was in relation to his space. So
for the time being we had an agreement.
things went along pretty smooth after that so Mary took some time to
some cool drinks and cookies.
continued to pass out literature. But,
then it was not too long after noon or maybe about 1 o-clock that we
visitor, a very nice young lady officer, who may or may not have been
the manager to boost his hurt pride.
evidently she knew about property lines and such, but I suppose she
get along with both sides, and keep down any disturbances.
Se she just actually told me not to get near the street or not
cars trying to pull in to the drive so as not to cause an
All sort of safety stuff more or less and she was very nice
As a matter of course she asked me for some ID and I had my VA
a picture on it. She then
about my service and I told her I was a WWII vet.
That impressed her a bit and then she said,
“Well we don’t want to lose you now, so stay clear of the
careful about stopping cars too close to the end of the drive and at
on the sidewalk, and don’t get on their property line.”
all that was sensible enough, and I thanked her for her concern.
left happy, and I had ‘accepted’ her advice.
stayed about an hour more after that so as not to make the manager
think he had
gotten rid of us by calling the cops.
And, we did not want the lady cop to think she had chased us
actually we left because it was ‘High Noon’ in West Texas and that
ain’t to be taken lightly.
the afternoon in June the temp gets up to 100 or more an us ol’ folks
into sittin’ in the sun.
we got our job done and we thought we did it well.
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