Lilia Blandin worked at a bank inside a Walmart store. A few days ago she got into a heated argument with her husband at the store. He stabbed her and she died after being flown to a hospital. Many customers saw the whole exchange.
After the initial shock and horror, Walmart decided to stay open. The police roped off the crime scene, but customers could see the blood and gore from where they were apparently supposed to be going about their usual shopping business. Britanny King, was shopping at the Walmart and told WYFF, the local NBC affiliate, "I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall. It's disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen."
This was a case of greed trumping human decency, pure and simple. Walmart stayed open to milk a few more dollars out of the holiday season.
Walmart owes Britanny King's family, including her 3 children, an apology for not closing the store after her horrific murder. Moreover, Walmart needs to disclose their policies on violent acts at their stores. Walmart is a frequent stie of violence (take the recent Black Friday pepper spray incident) and its customers and employees have the right to know exactly how the store is supposed to deal with such acts.
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