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Wal-Mart PA Announcement: "All Black People Leave Store"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Wal-Mart is investigating a disturbing incident at a store in New Jersey, where someone got onto the store's public address system and asked black people to leave.

It happend Sunday night at a store in Washington Township, in southern New Jersey. Someone got onto the system and calmly announced: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now.''

Wal-Mart officials are looking at security tapes to determine if it was an employee, or somehow a shopper got control of the system. Local police are also investigating it as a possible hate crime. 

Patricia Covington and Shelia Ellington were inside the store when it happened. They told the Courier Post that customers and store employees looked stunned when they heard it.

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"In 2010, I want to know why such statements are being made because it flies in the face of what we teach them [our kids] at home, and that's tolerance for people," said Ellington.

Ellington and other customers let store management and police know they were upset. They asked the store to use the same announcement system to apologize to customers that night, which it did.

Wal-Mart management called the incident "unacceptable," and said it's working to make sure nothing like this happens at any other stores.