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Wal-Mart Paging Victims: "It Was Disgusting" (Police say its a hate crime)
NBC Philadelphia ^ | 03/17/10 | Vince Lattanzio

Posted on 03/18/2010 12:52:44 AM PDT by jerry557

Two South Jersey Wal-Mart customers who heard a racist message broadcast over the store's public address system say the whole ordeal is no laughing matter.

Sheila Ellington and Virginia Tinsley were shopping inside the Washington Township Wal-Mart along Rt. 42 in Turnersville, N.J. just before 5 p.m. on Sunday when they say a man came over the PA system and said: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now."

"It was a disgusting comment," Ellington said. "Once I heard that, I was absolutely shocked and appalled."

The man was very calm when he broadcast the message, according to Tinsley.

"He said it as if he had a million dollars for us," the Washington Township resident said. "He wasn't nervous, [he was] really calm."

The women said the store's manager immediately addressed his shock about the incident to a large crowd of angry shoppers who gathered in the front of the store. He then made an apology over the intercom.

Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.

Washington Township Police and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcphiladelphia.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: prank; racism; walmart
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1 posted on 03/18/2010 12:52:45 AM PDT by jerry557
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To: jerry557
Time to call in the....
2 posted on 03/18/2010 12:56:53 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jerry557
So, how is this a "hate crime"? I was under the impression that "hate crime" laws only operate when a real crime has been committed; you know, like assault, battery, etc.

Does this mean that "hate crime" laws are really a step toward criminalizing thought?

3 posted on 03/18/2010 12:58:42 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: jerry557
Sounds like a setup to me. The unions hate Wal-Mart and are experts at sabotaging opponents.
4 posted on 03/18/2010 12:59:37 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: jerry557
Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.
Slow day in Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office!!
5 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:02 AM PDT by askrenr (Slightly to the right of Attila the Hun.)
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To: jerry557
Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.

You have got to be kidding me. You can't make this stuff up.
6 posted on 03/18/2010 1:07:42 AM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: askrenr
Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.

And while he had them on the line he let them know that Mickey D's got his order wrong last week too.

7 posted on 03/18/2010 1:09:26 AM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: jerry557

Umm...by boycotting the store, aren’t these two “ladies” accomplishing exactly what the announcer wanted?


8 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:04 AM PDT by Krankor (nO)
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To: All
Try to imagine what would have happened if he had said this on the intercom:

"Would all white people please leave the store now."

9 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:58 AM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I am betting on a disgruntled ex-employee. I think I have read that all Wal-Marts are set up on the same design. An ex-employee with a chip on his shoulder could very easily find a unwatched microphone for the time it takes to do something like this.

One of these days I will confess to my own misadventure with the 1MC mic when the silly Bosuns left it hanging on the portside quarterdeck...

Naaaaah....


10 posted on 03/18/2010 1:15:17 AM PDT by Ronin
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To: TigersEye
Try to imagine what would have happened if he had said this on the intercom:

"Would all white people please leave the store now."

He would get a 2 hour comedy special on HBO?

11 posted on 03/18/2010 1:21:53 AM PDT by dgroundhog
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To: thulldud

It’s not so much a hate crime as something akin to yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, given the racially charged climate these days.


12 posted on 03/18/2010 1:28:07 AM PDT by giotto
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To: Ronin

That’s probably more than likely who it was.

It’s an obvious prank. The guy who did it is probably not the least bit racist. He did it because he knew it would cause an uproar.


13 posted on 03/18/2010 1:28:38 AM PDT by jerry557
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To: dgroundhog

LOL Sounds about right.


14 posted on 03/18/2010 1:30:39 AM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: askrenr

“Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.”

This has SET UP written all over it....
Standard Radical Democrat M.O., create a “Racial” incident, then sue.

Shockingly. they didn’t find a noose this time!!!


15 posted on 03/18/2010 1:31:50 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The unions hate Wal-Mart and are experts at sabotaging opponents.

Sounds like something along those lines, for sure. I'd be interested in a followup on this. Libs do this sort of thing, also. If you ever watch Washington Journal on cspan (i know, i know, most freepers don't) you'll notice libs pretending to be conservatives calling in on the Republican line saying stupid, exaggerated things they believe conservatives stand for. Whats funny to me is they seem to believe conservative listeners can't tell the difference.

16 posted on 03/18/2010 1:32:00 AM PDT by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: phredo53
[. . .libs pretending to be conservatives calling in on the Republican line saying stupid, exaggerated things. . .]

I'm familiar with the program. I think C-Span continues these call-ins for laughs.

17 posted on 03/18/2010 1:38:41 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Ronin
[I am betting on a disgruntled ex-employee.]

That could be it. What's for certain is that the management didn't do it.

What time is it in Tokyo right now?

18 posted on 03/18/2010 1:49:11 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Ronin
I am betting on a disgruntled ex-employee.

Or someone who knows the store's page system phone number...

19 posted on 03/18/2010 1:56:08 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: jakerobins

I hate this happened but at least it was in a “blue” state and not the south.


20 posted on 03/18/2010 2:11:31 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: jerry557

Wouldn’t be surprised if a black man made the annoucement?


21 posted on 03/18/2010 2:21:40 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: jerry557

I smell a lawsuit from the “offended ladies”.


22 posted on 03/18/2010 2:22:01 AM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

1824 as I type this.


23 posted on 03/18/2010 2:24:44 AM PDT by Ronin
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To: jerry557

“victims”

yhbt yhl hand


24 posted on 03/18/2010 2:37:18 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: thulldud
"Does this mean that "hate crime" laws are really a step toward criminalizing thought?"

'In the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling disapproved thoughts with the term thoughtcrime or, in Newspeak, "crimethink".'
__________________________________________________________

"Ayn Rand and George Orwell were not just ordinary novelists they were prophets who wrote in novel format."

25 posted on 03/18/2010 2:44:44 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Ronin

>>An ex-employee with a chip on his shoulder could very easily find a unwatched microphone for the time it takes to do something like this.

It is extremely likely that you can page via a phone if you know the right extension to call. So all someone would have to do is know this and find an unwatched phone. In the store near me, that would be the one in Sporting Goods next to the ammo. Even if they have some, you can never find someone there to sell you any.


26 posted on 03/18/2010 2:52:34 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Ronin
One of these days I will confess to my own misadventure with the 1MC mic when the silly Bosuns left it hanging on the portside quarterdeck...

We had a new guy sitting at the DC desk in Central get a fire call. It seems he was Hispanic. The announcement over the 1MC went something like this "Fuego de la alfa de la clase del fuego del fuego del fuego". He got part of it right. He rang the fire bell in English. LOL All we knew was which end of the ship.

As for Walmart? Their PA's are as annoying as the devil. Generally they're set about half again as loud as they need to be. I hear them real well & I'm now half deaf. The ones in the Super Stores with no ceilings are worse. One things for certain everyone in the store likely heard the guy loud and clear.

27 posted on 03/18/2010 2:54:15 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: jerry557

BFD, get over it, face reality, there will always be racist comments. If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen you don’t belong there.

I get so friggin tired of hearing blacks taking the pathetic victim/race card.Get a life.


28 posted on 03/18/2010 2:58:56 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: TigersEye

Your point would be?


29 posted on 03/18/2010 3:01:26 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: FreedomPoster

And, referring back to my original post about all Wal-Marts being set up pretty much the same, I would imagine the extension to call on the internal phone would be the same as well.

Unless there is some security camera footage somewhere, this guy got clean away.


30 posted on 03/18/2010 3:08:03 AM PDT by Ronin
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To: jerry557
"He said it as if he had a million dollars for us," the Washington Township resident said. "He wasn't nervous, [he was] really calm."

So, how was hate involved. Hate requires severe anxiety and rancor.

31 posted on 03/18/2010 3:19:55 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: TigersEye
Try to imagine what would have happened if he had said this on the intercom: "Would all white people please leave the store now."

Um! Nothing?

32 posted on 03/18/2010 3:23:34 AM PDT by REPANDPROUDOFIT (General, sir, it's ok to call me "ma'am"!)
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To: askrenr

This should be a case in conditioned responses.

Not saying it was right to happen but the reactions are out of all proportion. But then these people have been convinced over a lifetime that any mention of race is worse than murder or fire hence a 911 call.


33 posted on 03/18/2010 3:40:05 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Ronin
Unless there is some security camera footage somewhere, this guy got clean away.

Well, they checked all the cameras and could not find any white guy using the intercoms. Just minorities. Sure is a mystery. /yes that was

I would LOVE to hear a recording.

34 posted on 03/18/2010 3:41:34 AM PDT by doodad
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To: jerry557

“Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened. “

Cause obviously there was an emergency.


35 posted on 03/18/2010 3:47:20 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: doodad

I’ve heard that most of those ‘cameras’ in Walmart are fake. Real cameras are too expensive.


36 posted on 03/18/2010 3:49:23 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: All

It was a prank just like these:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=walmart+intercom+pranks&search_type=&aq=0


37 posted on 03/18/2010 4:10:44 AM PDT by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: jerry557

SEIU is planting union thugs in jobs at Wal-Mart to disrupt stores in an attempt to get SEIU in control. Suggest Wal-Mart get some private detectives working after any such ‘incident’.


38 posted on 03/18/2010 5:11:21 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT

No, it would be construed as a slight against blacks.


39 posted on 03/18/2010 5:15:26 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: jerry557

Cha-ching!


40 posted on 03/18/2010 5:16:00 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Krankor

Maybe if we dig a little deeper, you might find tht these “two ladies” were in on it, hoping for the big “cash in”.. just sayin....


41 posted on 03/18/2010 5:18:04 AM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: thulldud
how is this a "hate crime

A hate crime is expanded to include any time one of the "entitled" gets his feelings hurt.

42 posted on 03/18/2010 6:10:39 AM PDT by LouAvul
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To: jakerobins

You’d think he had said the n-word or something. “all blacks leave the store?” Sure, it’s annoying, but on the scale of racist statements, that has to be pretty darn low on the list.


43 posted on 03/18/2010 6:51:49 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: lmr

Worse, the police, instead of warning them about abusing the 911 system for non-emergency calls, is actually investigating the “hate crime”, and takes this seriously.

It is hard to believe that there is a criminal law forbidding a customer from picking up a phone in the Walmart and making a stupid joke over the intercom. I suppose if he had said “there’s a fire, get out now” that would be a crime.


44 posted on 03/18/2010 6:53:16 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Or how to hit the button with “page” written under it on the phone.


45 posted on 03/18/2010 6:54:54 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: rawhide

They said the guy sounded like he was giving away money — I thought that was black code for “it has to be a white guy”.


46 posted on 03/18/2010 6:55:37 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jerry557
"He said it as if he had a million dollars for us," the Washington Township resident said.

Was that really a description of how his voice sounded, or is that just what the black people thought about when they heard the announcement -- "we'll win a million bucks in a lawsuit if we play this right".

47 posted on 03/18/2010 6:57:36 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: jerry557
Tinsley said her husband then called 911 to report what had happened.

"I need a bambulance!"

http://www.jimwools.com/audbambulance.php

.

48 posted on 03/18/2010 6:58:50 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: leapfrog0202
Just guessing but I think his point was, if they had said all white people get out now, NOTHING would have happened. No outrage, no hurt feelings, no cries of racism, absolutely nothing.
49 posted on 03/18/2010 7:01:36 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: MikeWUSAF

I didn’t know there was a following for walmart intercom pranking. I wonder if this one will show up on youTube. Probably not if they are threatening a hate crime prosecution, although watching someone make the announcement, and a film of all the outraged customers, would be hilarious. I’d probably watch a TV show that was just about outraging people and watching them go ballistic.


50 posted on 03/18/2010 7:04:55 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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