Wal-Mart probing racist NJ store announcement

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 6:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 17 at 6:34 AM

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. officials are reviewing security tapes to try to determine who used a southern New Jersey store's public-address system to tell "all black people" to leave.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Township store, a male voice calmly announced: "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now."

Witnesses say customers and store employees looked stunned. Management later apologized.

Company spokeswoman Ashley Hardie says the incident was "unacceptable." The retailer is looking to prevent it from happening in the future.

Washington Township police and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office also are investigating.

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Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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