Wal-Mart opened a store in Hawaii on Wednesday with hundreds of eager shoppers rushing past a handful of protesters who accuse the giant retailer of desecrating ancient gravesites.Excellent publicity for Wal-Mart. Reminds me of BJ's selling caskets, though at least BJ's didn't "slash graves" as Wal-Mart has been accused.
Customers lined up hours ahead and then poured into the discount store after a traditional Hawaiian blessing and the untying of a lei at the main doors.
Native Hawaiian groups had tried to stop the opening until 44 remains of Hawaiians unearthed during construction could be reburied at the Wal-Mart site.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Low prices on everything from mayonaisse to human remains!
A CNN article discusses a newly-opened Wal-Mart in Honolulu and the protest over it.