“Wal-Mart refuses to acknowledge that and thinks they are above it all,” O’Leary said, adding that if $12.49 were kicked in from every shopper Wal-Mart sees, “it would increase the associates’ salary to $25,000 a year, and they would be able to make a living.
“They’re just making the taxpayers subsidize their business,” she said. “This is a perfect example of corporate welfare.”
Many drivers honked their horns in support as they drove by the Wal-Mart in Malone at about 10:30 a.m. But there was noticeable silence from the steady line of vehicles preparing to make the turn into the superstore’s parking lot.
O’Leary started her vigil at 8 a.m. and said she’d remain there “until it gets too cold or dark.
“I really believe I am my brother’s keeper and speak for those who feel they can’t.
“I’m standing up for my neighbors.”
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