Pepper spray used in fight outside Wal-Mart market in Modesto

local@modbee.comSeptember 5, 2013 

A man was pepper-sprayed during a scuffle over contrasting "political views" in front of the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Coffee Road on Thursday afternoon.

A man seeking signatures on a petition was involved in a fight with a man and a woman who approached his table in front of the store about 4:30 p.m.

"The female flipped over the table and was yelling for police," Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves said. "Also, an employee of Wal-Mart called requesting an ambulance for a man who had been pepper-sprayed and was bleeding."

Graves did not know which man had been pepper-sprayed, but when officers arrived, all involved declined to file a police report. One of them told officers they had fought over "different political views."

Graves did not know what the petition was for, but across the nation Thursday, current and former Wal-Mart employees demonstrated and had petitions signed. The petitions call on Wal-Mart to provide a minimum salary of $25,000 for full-time work, reinstate workers who were fired for demonstrating and agree to stop retaliation against workers.

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