Rumored protest at grocery stores doesn't stick

2011-05-01T23:38:00Z 2013-12-24T10:02:27Z Rumored protest at grocery stores doesn't stickJournal Times staff Journal Times
May 01, 2011 11:38 pm  • 

RACINE COUNTY - Law enforcement agencies knew of no incidents at local grocery stores Sunday, after news spread of a possible sticker protest.

The Wisconsin Grocers Association warned member stores recently that some opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's policies might try to place anti-Walker stickers on products Sunday. The trade group was informed it would be aimed at items made by companies that contributed to Walker's campaign.

The Racine Police Department, Racine County Sheriff's Department and other area agencies reported no such complaints. Managers at several county stores said they noticed nothing unusual, either.

"We've been trying to keep our eyes out," said David Tolton, night manager at Gooseberries Fresh Food Market, 690 W. State St. in Burlington.

Nathan Jones, assistant manager at Sav-A-Lot, 1500 State St., said no signs of trouble had arisen as of early Sunday evening. The same went for a Piggly Wiggly store at 5201 Washington Ave., where manager-on-duty Jacob Salinas said he had heard about the possibility.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt issued a statement last week stating the organization's unions have not supported any boycotts and questioning whether the sticker campaign was real.

Representatives from the Racine TEA Party were among those who sent out a news release urging residents to buy the same products that reportedly were targeted for stickers.

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