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."
This isn’t the first time Walmart has had to apologize for kicking people out of one of its stores. In 2010, Walmart apologized after a voice over the intercom at a New Jersey location announced: “All black people leave the store now."
More often, however, Walmart patrons are asked to leave the stores for genuine misbehavior and often end up in police custody. Recent incidents include “sexual fondling” with stolen KY jelly, cashier punching and “booty”-induced sexual harassment.
Walmart Calls Police On School Chorus
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Couple Arrested For Sexual Activity In Walmart
Julian R. Call, 22, and Tina F. Gianakon, 35, were arrested for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/walmart-sex-arrest-couple_n_1728834.html?utm_hp_ref=walmart" target="_hplink">engaging in sexual activity</a> in front of fellow shoppers at a Kansas Walmart after stealing K-Y Jelly.
Pension Fund Boycotted Walmart For Poor Labor Practices
Netherlands' biggest pension fund -- it holds over $300 billion in assets -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/walmart-blacklist-abp-pension-fund_n_1186384.html" target="_hplink">pulled its investments from Walmart for not abiding</a> with the United Nations' Global Compact principles, which relate to human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption efforts.
Walmart Involved In Mexico Bribery Campaign
When Walmart senior executives found out that Walmart de Mexico <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/21/wal-mart-mexico-bribes_n_1442951.html" target="_hplink">had allegedly been involved in a bribery campaign </a>to open new stores, they then allegedly covered it up.
Walmart Threatened To Fire Mormon Worker For Observing Sabbath
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Man Died After Brawl With Walmart Security
Jose Marcos Picazo <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/man-dies-after-fight-with_n_1570121.html" target="_hplink">suspiciously died after Walmart security </a>guards in California arrested him for alleged shoplifting.
Walmart Lobbied To Change Anti-Bribery Laws
Walmart was involved in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/wal-mart-bribery-scandal-lobbying_n_1450873.html" target="_hplink">a lobbying campaign to weaken</a> the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which was meant to reduce liability for bribing foreign officials.
Walmart Involved In Many Sex Discrimination Suits
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Walmart Customer Injured Others To Win Black Friday Deals
A woman wanted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/25/walmart-pepper-spray-black-friday_n_1112548.html" target="_hplink">cheap Black Friday deals on Walmart </a>electronics so badly that she used pepper spray on a crowd at a Los Angeles Walmart. Twenty people were injured.
Walmart Contractor Sued For Labor Law Violations
Warehouse workers in California sued a contractor that works with Walmart for labor law violations, including poor labor conditions, shortchanging pay and threatening <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/walmart-warehouse-workers-lawsuit_n_1018143.html" target="_hplink"> to fire them for complaining about anything.</a>
Walmart Exposed For Political Lobbying To Weaken Labor, Whistleblower And Environmental Laws
New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio recently launched 6degreesofwalmart.com to expose Walmart secret <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/walmart-bill-de-blasio_n_1477814.html" target="_hplink">political spending</a>, meant to influence the political process in a number of ways, including reducing protection for workers, whistleblowers and the environment.
Walmart Employee Shot Supervisor, Killed Himself
A Walmart employee at a distribution center in Virginia shot and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/walmart-shooting-virginia-distribution-center_n_1294267.html" target="_hplink">wounded his female supervisor</a> right before he killed himself.