It occurred to me just now that I've barely heard anything about the strikes that were supposed to be happening at Walmarts across the country today. According to USA Today, it seems they didn't have much effect:
Scattered walk-outs and protests by Walmart workers and their supporters in at least nine states may have scored symbolic points Friday by taking on the retail giant head-on, but apparently they did little to keep shoppers away as the company quickly claimed its best Black Friday ever.
The company said in a statement Friday morning that its stores rang up almost 10 million transactions from the time doors opened for Black Friday shoppers at 8 p.m. Thursday until midnight, or about 5,000 items per second.
OUR Walmart, backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, claimed an estimated 1,000 protests were held from Thursday to Friday in 46 states, though the exact number is unclear, the Associated Press reports.
Walmart reps are saying that the protests consisted almost entirely of non-employees, claiming that only about 50 people across the country who actually work for Walmart participated, and that strikes only took place at 26 stores. Strike representatives are saying that multiple workers at over 100 stores took part, and I have no idea whether one side or the other is lying outright, or whether the correct number is somewhere in the middle. Or some other number entirely. Or maybe unicorns attacked all the Walmarts today. I don't know, I haven't left the house.