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Walmart employee forced to wear yellow vest after telling boss he's gay

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posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:10 AM
Wal-mart is doing great in my neck of the woods after killing most of the small businesses, now is after big ones , already killed our local Wiggly piggly, Harvest, next is Publix (my favorite store) and Winn dixie.

We have a super store that makes millions in my county and now is building another one in the poorest area of the next county no even ten miles away from the one already established.

Been our state a welfare state and Dougherty county one of the poorest county in GA the service jobs will be welcome but what people doesn't understand is that while the government will claim job growth most of the employees in Wal-mart still depend on welfare, food stamps and Medicaid for their needs.

So actually means nothing but good numbers so the state and the federal government can claim the economy is doing better. . .

And as for discrimination so far in the years Wal-mart has been operating in my neck of the woods beside from the few women that love to pop babies in the wal-mart store so they can call their babies walmart babies and get gifts nothing as discrimination has been going on.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:10 AM
I smell a HUGE lawsuit. Good for him. Keep wearing the vest buddy.
I predict a massive increase in your bank account.

Chinamart, I mean Walmart.
Man, I avoid the place like the plague.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:14 AM
reply to post by SLAYER69

More people should sue, but males are put under alot of pressure in society to not speak out against these things, as males are supposed to love female attention, and if they say they do not, they get alot of hate.

I have been there.

Good on him, more males should sue, if they are not into females, and they get harassed over it.

[edit on 6/21/2010 by andy1033]

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:16 AM
reply to post by SLAYER69

I do too, here Wal-mart is not the best place after 9 PM.

that is when the "shadow" people and weirdest things comes to walk the halls of wal-mart.

Many people in the area that Wal-mart is located in my neck of the woods can not wait for the new Wal-mart to open in the other side of town, because their properties have devalued since wal-mart.

Now luckily for me Publix is opening a new beautiful store and mall in my own backyard that will make the properties go up and occurs our taxes.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:16 AM
This claim is beyond pathetic and would seem like a simple ploy to extort money and publicity from Wal Mart. Wally World has a clear policy regarding the intent of the vest and why it is worn. Look carefully at stores like Lowe's and you will also see tan vests among the standard red vests.

Go to your local grocery store and watch the cart person wear the safety yellow vest in the parking lot. Walk into Home Depot during specific hours and you will see someone at the door working as a greeter and as an assistant to direct customers to the product that they are seeking. This greeter is assigned to do so and is pulled from their department to stand there as part of the job not as punishment.

This sounds like a simple case of a deep pocket greed fishing expedition . His case will settle out of court for $15k. Book closed time for this chap to knock the chip off of his shoulder and get a job at The Gap.

[edit on 21-6-2010 by jibeho]

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:16 AM
First of all "Wal Mart" although I don't particularly care for them, "Wal Mart" doesn't force an employee to do anything, unless the policy is written in a handbook or policy.

This is surely a case of a Manager and an Employee having a disagreement and it ended badly.

Secondly, Wal Mart stores employee hundreds of people, sometimes even thousands of people. There are PLENTY of gay men working there. This isn't a homosexual issue.

Thirdly, Corporations make people where vests all the time. I have to wear a Yellow Vest during fire drills. I have to wear an Orange one during special events. I wear a Navy Blue smock once in a while as well!

Fourthly, stripping him of his duties was probably the result of some work-related incident.

Fifthly, this story was reported from "The Advocate."

I am quite certain that this is an employment issue unrelated to anyone's sexuality, and this employee is grasping at reasons to stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, he will probably wind up with some severance pay just to avoid a costly lawsuit defense. The system is screwed!!

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:18 AM
This story is proving something yet again. WalMart evokes a very visceral reaction in people like very little else does. I've now read about 32 reports of this story on various sites and the numerous comments related to it. My conclusion is that there is not enough information for people to be jumping to the vehement conclusions that they are jumping to with this little information.

I mean just look at this thread alone...we've gone from gay bashing to Nazis to heaven knows what else. Based on what FACTS? Based on a complaint filed by someone who may or may not have understood his job duties? Yellow vest? Let's see this yellow vest.

Please STOP and THINK! lol

[edit on 21-6-2010 by ~Lucidity]

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:19 AM
reply to post by getreadyalready

Rubbish, work based mobbing does happen, and you know it, like when your at school. This is what he is on about.

It may not be walmart policy but his coworkers, like in many places think males should be panting for females. In the real world mobbing at work happens full stop and you know it.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:21 AM

Originally posted by andy1033
Not every male in the world is panting for some female you know,

I didn't question his sexuality, simply saying that poor little drummer boy has been hard done to and want's money to make him happy again.

He will likely get about a years wages as a settlement, and he will need it, he might find it tough to get re employed.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:22 AM
reply to post by marg6043

The "shadow people" of Wal Mart
That is classic and very accurate in my realm as well. I avoid Wal Mart at all costs and only wish that we had grocery stores like Publix and Harris Teeter in my neck of the woods. We are essentially stuck with Giant Eagle and nothing else.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:24 AM

Originally posted by ~Lucidity

Okay...they phased the vests out altogether in 2006. I'm doubly sticking with my original theory.

[edit on 21-6-2010 by ~Lucidity]

they didn't here .... either we have some rogue walmarts or they made him a custom yellow vest

the story just seem silly to me... there is really no reason to discuss sexual preference at work unless your in the porn industry.

but who knows...

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:25 AM

Originally posted by Now_Then

Originally posted by andy1033
Not every male in the world is panting for some female you know,

I didn't question his sexuality, simply saying that poor little drummer boy has been hard done to and want's money to make him happy again.

He will likely get about a years wages as a settlement, and he will need it, he might find it tough to get re employed.

The reason why i take this seriously is it is what happened to me in life. I never wanted to sue anyone, but i wanted to goto work and be left alone. How do you know he does not feel the same.

Adults in my experience are mostly 5 years old, who hate you if you do not pant for females, and my life has proven it.

If that geezer went through half the stuff i went through, he deserves it.

Of course he may not be able to get a job again like you say, as suing these people could make him blacklisted in the real world. But i say good on him.

Mobbing at work is something that is supposed to make people feel bad, and if you go through it, you will understand.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:37 AM
reply to post by jibeho

I tell you, one time my husband and I went to wal-mart after my son and daughter told us that the weirdest things and "shadow" people comes at night in Wal-mart.

So we wanted to see what the exaggeration was all about, I tell you we walk in and after looking at we saw we walk out running.

I know we have weird things going on but never all in one place at the same time.

Is seem that certain "things" and "shadows" only comes at night.

believe it or not even prostitution they found a dead prostitute in the parking lot of our local wal-mart that cause the rush of more police monitoring in the area because that particular wal-mart is in a more affluent side of town, the outrage by the neighbors went all the way to the city hall, now is going to be another wal-mart in the other side of town in an effort to keep the "shadows", weird and prostitutes out.

I will hate to see Haversty go out of business as they sell products that are from local farmers

But Publix is my favorite they have all kind of organic products, meats and poultry and a very large international line, plus they make Cuban bread and that is my favorite also

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:54 AM
Dosnt kinda suprise me, asi work in retail management. These corporate giants, all have managers that are total not dwon to earth p*ricks. im not. Sex with employees is encouraged, sad to say, even though tis a direct violation of compnay policy. Thats how you climb the ropes to upper management positions.
Back in 2005, i wa at my local homedepot, one thursday night, around 9 pmish. A manager looking guy was working thier, tall, glasses, dirty blonde hari, ide say late 30's early 40's. I asked him where the tool department was, and his reply to me, a customer! was tell you what, if i tell you and im right, YOu ( meaning me) have to take me out to dinner. He said it all gay like to me. MY mouth dropped open in awe, a man of business and profession was that unprofessional.
Around my area, many people know, sleezy older gay guys hang out at places like homedepot and a book store that opened outside our mall, mostly from Craigslist adds, saying their gunna be hanging out for an huor ro 2 in the pipe section, or sex book section...any guy interested meet me their for a chance to get cuaght giving handjobs*
DISGUSTING!!!! what homedepot and placs of the like have become. thanks for killing off mom n pop shops homedepot and walmart
yuo really know how to help crash a neighborhood

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 11:35 AM
reply to post by ~Lucidity

I have to fully agree with you.

In my vie Wal Mart has its pros and cons. Here I can go at all times and most people are pretty normal.

On a side note, I wonder what his purpose was for discussing his sexual preferences with his manager. I cannot say I have ever discussed anything sexual with a manager; it is not professional in the least.

I am in doubt of the story with the information we are given. There seems to be a lot of uncovered information here. To me this seems to be a ploy. Not that discrimination does not occur in places, I just doubt this guys story.


posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 11:42 AM
From the story :

A Walmart spokesman, Phil Keene, said that Gallardo's yellow uniform may have been nothing unusual.

"It is my understanding that the former associate was a temporary hire while the store is under remodeling," Keene told The Advocate. "Between the 50 or so temporary associates in that store, there is a rotation through the position of 'May I Help You' associate. The several associates in this role wear a vest so customers can identify them and ask for help in finding products that may have been temporarily moved to a new spot."

He probably was made to wear the yellow vest.

He probably did discuss his life style with others. Heck for all we know, he may have made advances towards someone and when they were rejected, decided to make up this story.

We'll never know.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 12:15 PM
reply to post by andy1033

Andy, I am sorry this happened to you, but it is not as common as you think. Sure there are people that dislike homosexuals. Sure there are some homosexuals that bring it on themselves or look for trouble. Sure there is some discrimination. BUT by and large it is no worse than any other measureable demographic. Please don't tell me you have never seen a flaming gay cashier at a Wal Mart? I have seen PLENTY!

I am a regular white male, and I have been discriminated against! It happens to everyone. I had a boss with 7 ex-husbands! She HATED all men, and she loved to exert her power over them!

I am a regular white male, and I was refused a job here in town because of that. I probly should have sued. I have an excellent resume, good references, experience, etc. My buddy (black) and I both applied for a night stocker job here in town. He was immediately interviewed and I was not. I followed up and was told the positions had all been filled, my buddy got the job, and they were short several spots, and they continued to hire more black men for months! The entire store had all black employees (not unusual here). Also, my buddy had been fired from his last several jobs, and was subsequently fired from that one, so it wasn't a matter of whose resume was better.

I have a homosexual boss right now. He has done very well for himself, and advanced through the ranks of state government. There are about a dozen other homosexual men in my department that do excellent jobs, and most people don't even realize they are homosexual.

On the flipside:
I have had difficult female employees many times. I have even been accused of sexual harassment. (Luckily it was quite the opposite, and I keep a folder of every correspondence I've ever had at work, I made several confidential reports of her advances, and I had a female present at every interaction with the accuser.)

In conclusion:
So, could the OP case have happened....sure. Is it Wal Mart's fault...NO. Is it common in! Is it "mobbing".....hell no! Is "mobbing" even something that happens to regular people outside of high school....I highly doubt it.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 12:24 PM
reply to post by getreadyalready

I am in london uk, so do not know what walmart is like, i was talking from uk perspective.

I know lots may be able to live a life, but i wasn't, and if this is true that guy was not.

You have a problem with a bloke that is wronged bringing those wrongs out to public eye?

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 12:51 PM

Originally posted by ignorant_ape
issue one - pink vest ? i thought yellow vest were issied for cowardice

issue two - why continue to employ him ?????????? seriously - wht pay a employee that managernt allegedly assigns no duites - does that make sense ??????

Yes, if they want him to quit. They don't want to pay his unemployment.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 01:44 PM
I don't know why some people bow their heads to these sorts of descrimination, if I was treated like that, I would definitely beat the hell out of that manager and take avenge.

[edit on 21-6-2010 by Ufokrazy]

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