I’m not referencing their penchant for stocking their stores with Chinese products, I’m talking about an incident in Florida that should make all of us just at least a little bit ashamed of the giant retailer:
Would you consider 75 school kids singing “God Bless America“ to honor those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, a “flash mob?” One Florida Walmart apparently did.
School kids aged 7 to 10 from Coconut Palm Elementary in Miramar, Fla., were set to sing a rendition of the patriotic song in a local Walmart Tuesday when the manager on duty refused to honor an agreement Principal Terri Thelmas had made days prior, calling the performance “a liability,” the Sun-Sentinel reports. Instead, the disappointed chorus took to singing in the parking lot but their trial wasn’t over yet. As they concluded the song, police showed up at the scene to respond to a complaint of a “flash mob situation.”
While no police action was taken, the event reportedly brought many students to tears. Walmart was prompted to make an official apology, according to CBS Miami.
“We regret this happened and apologize to the students, parents and the school for this experience,” said Kayla Whaling, a Walmart spokeswoman based in Bentonville, Ark. “We’re also inviting the kids back to the store to help honor the victims and fallen heroes.”
Bleh. Apologies after the fact are seldom meaningful. They’re usually nothing more than an attempt to cover one’s posterior.
Kids singing… who doesn’t like that?
- Walmart Prevents Flash Mob 9/11 Tribute Inside Store (nbcmiami.com)
- Walmart Says Sorry For Telling Little Kids They Couldn’t Sing At Their Store On 9/11 (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Walmart Rejects Singers on 9/11 (abcnews.go.com)