Several people were arrested today outside of an Alexandria, Virginia Walmart during a Black Friday protest that demanded better working conditions. It only took approximately 45 minutes of protesting before nine demonstrators were arrested for blocking traffic in front the store. It is reported that only one Walmart employee was arrested on site.
About 45 minutes into their protest, nine demonstrators were arrested for blocking traffic outside the Walmart on Richmond Highway in Alexandria. Only one person arrested was an employee at that Walmart location, according to NBC Washington. Even a man dressed as Santa Claus in Southern California was arrested.
Over 1,000 protests were intended today at Walmart locations around the country to demand full-time work with a minimum salary of $25,000 per year. Currently, the average hourly wage for the 1.4 million Walmart employees is about $8.81 an hour.