This past weekend, Westboro Baptist was doing their usual protesting of a soldier’s funeral in McAlester, Oklahoma. Afterward, they found 2 of the tires slashed on their minivan. No business in McAlester would repair their tires.
Residents of McAlester, Oklahoma, I applaud you. Not so much for the act of vandalism. But for showing togetherness by refusing to repair the damage.
You can read more about the incident in this Tulsa World article.
There was one part that really bothers me, which I put in bold below:
The minivan finally pulled over several blocks away in a shopping center parking lot, where AAA was called. A flatbed service truck arrived and loaded up the minivan. Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said the minivan was taken to Walmart for repairs.
Reparied at Walmart?
Sure, it’s absolutely possible the store’s TLE associates had no idea who’s van it was. But I’m also betting in a small community like McAlester, people were following the vehicle and warning businesses.
Way to stand by and support your community, Walmart. I hope the residents of McAlester protest your store.
A discussion on Twitter over this post got me thinking: how does a publicly traded business go about refusing service? Can they legally? The closest thing to answer I can find is here.
Does that mean all the businesses who said “No” will be sued for discrimination of some sort?
I guess everyone could have gone on break and then been sent home early? That wouldn’t be construed as discriminatory, would it?
Until next time...