An Ohio Walmart is in hot water this week after they forced a Marine to leave their store for a truly despicable reason.
For the last 15 years, former active duty Marine John Harkness has stood inside the Walmart in Medina, Ohio throughout the month of December to collect money for Toys for Tots. This week, however, the Walmart forced him to stand outside in the cold rain, telling him that a new policy meant he could no longer collect for the charity inside the store.
“They made us stay outside,” said Harkness, according to Right Wing News. “We’re there to collect toys for children that need a Christmas.”
When shopper Mary Murdock saw the Marine standing out in the cold, she knew she had to do something.
“I just said, why can’t they put you inside? This is crap,” Murdock recalled.
After receiving tons of backlash, Walmart tried to defend itself with a ridiculous 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,” said a Walmart spokesman, adding that the manager who kicked Harkness out of the store is new.
Murdock and many other Americans, however, aren’t having any of this and are now calling for a national boycott of Walmart until they apologize.
“It takes two seconds to do the right thing when it’s cold and rainy and holiday season. You can put them in there,” Murdock said.
Though Harkness is still waiting for an apology from Walmart, he is grateful for all the support he has received from patriotic Americans all over the country.
“It’s encouraging. It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s good to have the general public, Vets and non-vets support you.”