An unfortunate incident unfolded at an Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Walmart when employees called the police on some veterans who were handing out poppies to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday. While many individuals were appalled at the spectacle, employees who alerted authorities to have the veterans removed maintained that they were merely following policy.
WECT.com has more information regarding the showdown between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the store and the confusion surrounding it:
According to a spokesperson for Walmart, groups who want to solicit in front of their stores must be approved and scheduled in advance and only one group is allowed to reserve a table at a time.
VFW member Bobby Ludlum thought the organization had booked a space weeks in advance, but the store had no record of it and booked another group.
“Maybe we’re somewhat at fault. Maybe we should have called in after our commander, came in and made the reservation and make absolutely sure that things were good,” said Ludlum.