Wal-Mart Announcement Tells 'All Blacks' to Leave

Company apologizes for 'appalling' incident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2010 1:48 AM CDT
Updated Mar 18, 2010 5:55 AM CDT
A worker gathers shopping carts near a Wal-Mart store Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Washington Township, N.J.    (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – A New Jersey Wal-Mart is checking security footage to find out who used the PA system to order "all black people" to leave the Washington Township store. Over a dozen black customers were in the store when a male voice said: "Attention Wal-Mart customers, all black people must leave the store now." Police are treating the incident as a bias crime.

A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company is "appalled" by the incident. "Some of our customers are upset at us, and I understand why" he told CNN. It's unclear whether the racist prankster was one of the store's 700 full and part-time employees, as some of the branch's in-store telephones can be accessed by customers, police said.

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