Walmart manager refuses to let Marine collect toys inside store

A Walmart manager is getting death threats after she refused to let a U.S. Marine inside of the store to collect toys for tots.

John Harkness says he stood inside the Cleveland-area store for the last decade. He was shocked when he was told to, instead, go outside in the cold and rain.

Harkness said, “She said ‘You have to stay outside. You can’t come in the store.’ We weren’t allowed in between the two sets of doors. We have to be outside.”

Someone posted the manager’s picture, name and phone number online. She says she was just following store policy. It states no soliciting is permitted inside of the store.

A spokesperson for Walmart says the company is investigating the incident.


Walmart released the following statement to Sunday:

“If a Marine or anyone was treated with disrespect, that is unacceptable and we are looking into this matter further to get the facts. Walmart’s corporate policy across our more than 4500 stores does not allow this type of solicitation inside our stores and we apologize for any confusion about this policy. Most importantly, we are proud to support wonderful organizations like Toys for Tots, Girls and Boys Scouts, the Salvation Army, and the Red Cross who are stationed outside our stores during the Holidays and other times. Finally, Walmart’s support of our men and women in uniform both during active service and when they return home is a privilege that we strive to honor each day through our commitment to hiring hundreds of thousands of Veterans as well as the many charitable Veteran organizations we are proud to support.”

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