See Why This U.S. Marine Veteran Was Left Out In The Cold Trying To Collect Donations For Charity

It’s become a social media firestorm. For nearly 15 years, former active duty Marine John Harkness said he’s been allowed by the Medina Walmart to stand inside and collect toys and money for Toys for Tots, but this week there was a change. “They made us stay outside,” said Harkness. “We’re there to collect toys for children that need a Christmas.” Naturally when shopper Mary Murdock saw him standing in the cold while she was shopping, she was outraged. “I just said, why can’t they put you inside? This is crap,” said Murdock. Walmart told us β€œit’s policy.” Of course, it’s their right to have such policies. A spokesperson issued this statement: “Walmart’s corporate policy across our more than 4500 stores does not allow this type of solicitation inside our stores and we apologize for any confusion about this policy.” The spokesperson said the current store manager is new this year and that if the Marines were allowed inside in years past, that actually broke the rules. But it doesn’t make Harkness or the many callers to Cleveland 19 any more satisfied. “It takes two seconds to do the right thing when it’s cold and rainy and holiday season. You can put them in there,” said Murdock. Walmart furthered the statement with this: “If a Marine or anyone was treated with disrespect, that is unacceptable and we are looking into this matter further to get the facts.”

via WALB

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