PRESS RELEASE: JULY 11, 2006

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Wal-Mart employees forced to help search for bomb

Globe and Mail

July 11, 2006

ST-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. - Managers at a local Wal-Mart forced employees to search the store after it received a bomb threat, Radio-Canada reported Monday.

Some 40 nervous employees searched the store for an hour last Thursday, said Mailie Fournier, a former employee of the store. They were accompanied by six police officers.

Several employees, whose jobs don't include security, found the experience traumatic, said Fournier.

The incident prompted Quebec workplace health and safety board to investigate.

Wal-Mart said it simply wanted to help police conduct the search.

According to police, the store didn't violate any laws and only had an obligation to evacuate the store if a suspicious object was found.

Nothing suspicious was found.

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