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Arrested for Supporting Local Business: Occupying Black Friday at the Big Boxes in Oklahoma City

By the time they reached the fifth big box store of the night, the trap had been set as 20-odd occupiers marched into the Del City Walmart Superstore.
“I could tell immediately there was something different this time,” Thomas recalled. “There was a larger presence of law enforcement and not as many customers.” The men in uniform were mostly off-duty Del City cops and local sheriff’s deputies moonlighting for the company.

For a brief moment, the occupiers wondered whether or not to abort the mission, then decided to go ahead with what they had come there to do. They headed for the busiest department – electronics.
  

Occupy OKC's Jay Vehige, aka Jay Fox (photos by Jay Vehige)Occupy OKC's Jay Vehige, aka Jay Fox (photos by Jay Vehige)
 

Attention Walmart Shoppers
 

As happy consumers eagerly loaded their shopping carts with laptops and plasma HDTV's, former Walmart employee Jay Vehige, 21, stepped out of the crowd and cleared his throat:
 

Mic Check!

Mic Check!

Mic Check!


 

Attention Walmart employees

It is a shame and an outrage

That you are forced to work today

When you should be

With your friends and families
 



It is a shame and an outrage

Walmart makes huge profits

From your labor

But only pays you pennies


 

It is a shame and an outrage

While you slave away

At below poverty-level wages

Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke

Makes 19 million a year


 

It is a shame and an outrage

You may earn $8.75 an hour

While CEO Mike Duke

Makes $16,000 thousand dollars an hour
 

It is a shame and an outrage

That you struggle to survive

And feed your families

While Walmart’s Profits

Are over $10 billion dollars a year
 



Walmart is unjust

Stop what you are doing

Leave your carts behind

And join us!

Buy local!

 

“We finished the mic check without incident, and then were asked to leave,” Agnew said. “We complied immediately and began making our way toward the exit. Some were chanting, `Buy local'."

Just after 2 a.m., Walmart security guards called for law enforcement assistance, claiming the occupy protesters were causing a disturbance in the back of the store.

Video of the incident shows Walmart employees asking the protesters to leave. As the group marched towards the front of the store chanting, a group of store security guards, police officers, and a sheriff's deputy are seen running towards Jay Vehige before pouncing and tackling him to the floor, slamming his head into a retail display crate.



story | by Dr. Radut