Man At Wal-Mart Refuses to Leave Lawnchair

LEBANON, Ky. (AP) - He's been reclining in a lawn chair since yesterday afternoon and David McCarty of Lebanon says he's going to stay there until he and Wal-Mart work out a disagreement over his property.

A new Wal-Mart is being constructed adjacent to his property and the 59-year-old McCarty is ready to sell his property to the retail giant when the price is right. He insists he hasn't talked with Wal-Mart about a price for his property. He added that he talked with a local attorney Wal-Mart sent to talk with him about making a dynamite shot ten feet from his property line.

He claims he told the lawyer he wasn't moving.

McCarty has lived at the same location for ten years. He says he's not opposed to Wal-Mart building a store and just wants a fair price for his property.

Police, the construction company and Wal-Marts attorney visited the property Wednesday night, but McCarty didn't move. Wal-Mart officials told Louisville's WHAS-TV it had gone to great lengths to work with McCarty and the company claims that once dynamite is planted in the ground, it must stay there. The store officials insisted they were trying to resolve the situation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Amy on Oct 8, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    Thers no justice in Ky.Only what the great Post office democrat wants.They take your land your freedom and for what .The profit of any all that cross thier plam with cash.The every day Joe stands no chance in this low life state.Wall Mart has killed every Mom and Pop store in the state .I hope they don't keep you jail too long,because thay will make you pay for standing up for your self,and whats yours.
  • by Jean on Oct 7, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    If I lived close enough, Id come give you a hug for standing up for what is right. Wal-Mart should be held accountable for any blasting damages, should they occur. Furthermore, nobody has the right to tell you that you can't sit in a lawn chair on your own property and that means the bought off jusge who ordered in their favor. Call the KY BAR ASSN and the ATTORNEY GENERAL!!
  • by c Location: fkt on Oct 6, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    So much for the rights of a property owner! He pays taxes on that property, yet a JUDGE orders him to leave his own property so a corporation can destroy adjacent property! GOOD OLE USA! Big Corporations with more money can DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO WHOMEVER THEY WANT! This judge should have told WalMart to go jump in a lake and leave this man and his family alone! But NO, the judge took the company's side. How much did WalMart pay you judge? I hope it was worth it! I bet the blasting hurts this man's home too! IF it does, go after WalMart for millions! I hope you win!
  • by Dee Location: KY on Oct 6, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    I don't hate Wal-Mart and yes I do shop there. My mother worked there for 24 plus years and my daughter currently works there. They do pay better then a lot but also they don't really care about the employees, they are just employess. However the employees care about their fellow employees.
  • by Sandy Location: Kentucky on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:48 PM
    David, You should stand your ground. Get what you deserve out of your land, You get a lump sum...Wal-Mart makes money ever yday they are open. Why sell them the land. Ask them if they are willing to rent the property from you on a monthly term. I BET THAT WON'T HAPPEN OR ask them if they will put it on lay a way...OH THAT'S RIGHT THEY DON'T DO LAY A WAY any more. Let me say that if Sam Walton was alive you would get a fair price because he was a man of his word and a decent person I met him in Texas. I worked for Wal-Mart and NO you don't make the money... the NEW HIRES make more than the people who have been there for years. The way prices have gone up over the last several months they can afford to pay You (David) an acceptable/fair price for your land. Hang in there and keep your head but don't get the big head. GOOD LUCK!!!!
  • by Kim Location: Mt Sterling on Oct 5, 2007 at 05:07 PM
    Please keep fighting for your land.I can tell you right now if Wal-Mart gets in there, your little bussineses will go out. Wal- mart isn't out for no one but their self. WATCH THE SHOW--- (WAL-MART--HIGH COST FOR LOW PRICES). then tell me you want a Wal-mart in your town. They will take out the Little stores. As for the woman on here that said they treat there employee's good you need to do a reality check I did work for Wal-Mart. All I can say is watch the Documentary on Wal-Mart. Keep up with your hours while your at it. I bet you'll change your mind. It came on Showtime, please watch it. And no I don't shop at Wal-Mart no more. And won't I'll drive all the way K-mart in winchester.
  • by Darlene Location: Kentucky on Oct 5, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    Walmart is endangering this man's sanity and could cause physical harm. They need to give him what he wants. Walmart doesn't deserve a break today. Make them pay.
  • by grow up people Location: Kentucky on Oct 5, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    There is two sides to every story maybe wal-mart did not want or need his land. And as for not paying employees fairly have you ever worked at wal mart? There pay is better then most banks and other places people would think pays alot. Most you hate wal mart but I bet you shop there.......
  • by chris on Oct 5, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    Wal-mart has enough money to buy a vote from jesus christ, and to hold off on this is just being disrespectful, go for the gold david make them offer you mucho denerio
  • by Dee Location: Ky on Oct 5, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    That's what happens when big daddy (Sam Walton..>RIP) passed on and left it in the hands of his family. Sam did care about the people, did not sell offensive merchandise and now...walmart does and sells all, or almost all.
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