Call it caving to public pressure. Call it “seeing the light”. It doesn’t matter. Walmart actually announced they will not seek the money awarded to them in a lawsuit against Debbie Shank.
This stuns me. In fact, I’m not positive that it’s not an April Fool’s Joke by Walmart.
This is from a Walmart spokesperson:
“We have decided to modify our plan to allow us more discretion for individual cases, and are in the final stages of working out the details. Wal-Mart will not seek any reimbursement for the money already spent on Ms. Shank’s care, and we will work with the family to ensure the remaining amounts in the trust can be used for her ongoing care.”
They also apologized “for any additional stress this has put on the Shank family.”
Debbie’s husband, Jim released the following statement:
“I am grateful that Wal-Mart has seen their error and decided to rectify it. I just wish it hadn’t taken them so long, this never should have happened. I sincerely hope no other family ever has to go through this.“My thanks go first and foremost to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for the strength to bear up under all this. Thanks also to the citizens of the United States – it wasn’t me who made this happen, it was the outcry of the people, and if there’s a lesson in this story it’s that ‘we the people’ still means something.”
This story has gained so much attention in the last week, I can only imagine what the folks that answer the phones in Bentonville, Arkansas have put up with lately. America stood up for one of their own and it paid off. It’s painful for me to say it, but good job, Walmart.I still hate you. And now I wonder what else you can be pressured into correcting.