Some veterans didn’t quite get the respect they deserved this Memorial Day.
Walmart employees at a store in Elizabethtown, N.C.called the police on a group of veterans from the VFW trying to commemorate Memorial Day by handing out poppies, a local NBC affiliate reports. The group starting handing out artifical "Buddy Poppies" in 1992 to honor soldiers who died at war, according to its website. The poppies draw their significance from a poem called "In Flanders Field" about the flowers growing on war victims' graves. Veterans seeking donations offer the poppies, crafted by disabled and needy vets, in exchange.
A member of the veterans group claims he booked space in front of the store to hand out the poppies, but the store didn’t have it in their records. Employees at the store told the group that only one organization could have a table outside the store and that the veterans didn’t book the space far enough in advance, according to CBS Charlotte. The Walmart workers told the veterans that they were simply following company policy by asking them to leave.
Walmart told the NBC station in a statement that they would work with the veterans group to find another weekend for them to come to the store.
The Elizabethtown Walmart isn’t the only place where veterans trying to hand out poppies faced some adversity. A group of veterans in New Jersey said they often struggle to connect with shoppers when handing out poppies outside of local supermarkets and other shops, the Star-Ledger reports.
"We have to explain what poppies are. Sometimes, we even have to explain who veterans are," Henry "Red" Nadolski told the Star-Ledger.
Though this weekend's poppy snafu may outrage some Walmart critics, the company has made efforts to help veterans in the past. Earlier this month, the Walmart Foundation and Goodwill teamed up to launch a program aimed at helping veterans prepare to enter the job market. In addition, the company doubled the amount it's pledging to help military families through 2015.
Check out some other astonishing Walmart stories below:
Satanic Symbols Written On Car
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Walmart Shoppers Go Black Friday Crazy
This video of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/02/black-friday-shoppers-run_n_376695.html" target="_hplink">frenzied Walmart shoppers on Black Friday</a> was taken in 2009.
Jesus Walmart Receipt
A stain <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/18/jesus-in-walmart-receipt_n_901548.html" target="_hplink">resembling the face of Jesus</a> appeared on this Walmart receipt days after a South Carolina couple left it on the floor.
70 Year-Old Woman Punched
A <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/26/jacquetta-simmons-arrested-punched-walmart-employee_n_1169984.html" target="_hplink">70-year-old greeter was punched by a customer at a Walmart</a> in New York when she asked to see receipts.
Woman Pepper Sprays Crowd
A woman injured 20 when she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/25/walmart-pepper-spray-black-friday_n_1112548.html" target="_hplink">pepper sprayed a crowd of Black Friday shoppers at a California Walmart</a> last year.
Meth Cooking In Bathroom
A woman was arrested on charges of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/meth-walmart_n_1139183.html?ref=walmart" target="_hplink">trying to cook meth in a bathroom of a Tulsa Walmart</a> last December.
Fake Shopping List Prank
Last year, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/shopping-list-pranksters-video_n_1132155.html" target="_hplink">pranksters made a fake shopping list</a> just to mess with Walmart employees.
Syringes Found In Clothes
Hypodermic <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/walmart-needles-_n_1124199.html" target="_hplink">needles were found hidden in clothes at a Walmart in Georgia</a> and pricked at least two women last December.
Naked Obese Man Steals Socks
A naked <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/naked-man-steals-socks_n_1284139.html?ref=walmart" target="_hplink">300-pound naked man was caught on camera</a> stealing socks in February.
Razor Blades In Baby Sleeper
Razor blades found in a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/razor-blade-in-baby-clothes-west-virginia-girl_n_1296742.html?ref=walmart" target="_hplink">baby sleeper newly purchased at a Walmart</a> in West Virginia injured an infant girl in February.