Surprise! (Not!) Former Walmart is a Shelter for Separated Children

By Evan Henerson

So retail giant Walmart decides to sell of one of its stores in Brownsville, Texas and comes up with a lengthy list of activities that the new property owner could not engage in.

According to the New York Times

“The developer could not convert the property into a grocery store or a discount department store that might compete with Walmart. Also banned: a billiards parlor, slot machines and video stores selling NC-17 films.

There also could be no nude or “bathing suit-clad” models or dancers in the former store, according to real estate documents.”

Imagine Walmart’s (ahem!) shock upon learning that their former store has been used to house more than 1,500 migrant children, many of whom crossed the border into the United States either alone or with their families.

The company is now professing to be “surprised and deeply disturbed” at the knowledge that one of their former sites – sold a year ago – is tied event tangentially to President Trump and Jeff Sessions’ family separation boondoggle.

Walmart claims not have known what the buyer, the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, was up to when they sold them the building a year ago.

“We did not know it would be used for what’s happening today,” the company said in a statement. “Any attempt to suggest otherwise is outrageous.”

According to the New York Times story, real estate records with a Walmart executive’s signature indicated that the buyer had a history of running shelters for migrant children.
And the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) which has lobbied for Walmart to clean up its practices, isn’t buying the ignorance.

“The chances that Walmart — the largest retailer in the world, with billions of dollars of resources and entire legal and real estate departments at their disposal — didn’t know about the intended use of this building is impossible to believe,” Amy Ritter, a spokeswoman for the union told the New York Times.

Read the full Times article here.

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