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Old 07-17-2006, 07:18 PM
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What does "Code Pink" mean at WalMart?

I was looking for a new desk at Wal-Mart, and I asked a fellow if he could find a specific model for me at another store. I waited about 10 minutes, milling about, and finally went to find him.

I found him at a counter where several other Wal-Mart employees were, and while I was getting the update from him, another fellow came up and said to a female employee:

"CODE PINK! CODE PINK! That's the one I was looking at before! I thought she'd left!"

I had the distinct impression that he was talking about me, though I didn't acknowledge that I'd overheard.

What does Code Pink mean, Wal-Mart styles? Is it good or bad? Or neutral?
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:22 PM
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"Code Pink" was from the movie The People vs Larry Flynt and it meant that the big man was in the house, the boss was on deck. That is the only thing I got. I just asked my mom who used to work there and she had never heard of it.
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:27 PM
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I can't find a Code Pink but here are the rest of them:

Code ADAM - we all know, is for a missing child
Code Blue - bomb
Code Red - Fire
Code Orange - Chemical Spill
Code Black - weather warning
Code Green - Hostage Situation
Code C - Customer Service (I was right!!) Sometimes used, when
cashiers needed
Code 10 - Dry Spill
Code 20 - Wet Spill
Code 90 - Management
Code 300 - Security
Store # - Backup needed.. (all male employees and security)

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Old 07-17-2006, 07:31 PM
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Here is an update:

http://whatthebeans.blogspot.com/200...y-am-geek.html

"I had a friend who worked at Wal-Mart for a bit, and he told me they used to have internal codes for mundane things... so they could talk about people in front of them. "Code Pink" is their way of saying there's a good-looking woman in the area. Maybe it was you? Maybe YOU are a "Code Pink"?? The Wal-Mart employees are so adorable when they code their compliments."
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:40 PM
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Wait, you got that info from CarlyJay's website?
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:46 PM
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Wait, you got that info from CarlyJay's website?
Oops, that is a first. The answer sounds reasonable to me though. Code Pink isn't an official one.
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:38 PM
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Here is an update:

http://whatthebeans.blogspot.com/200...y-am-geek.html

"I had a friend who worked at Wal-Mart for a bit, and he told me they used to have internal codes for mundane things... so they could talk about people in front of them. "Code Pink" is their way of saying there's a good-looking woman in the area. Maybe it was you? Maybe YOU are a "Code Pink"?? The Wal-Mart employees are so adorable when they code their compliments."
Pics, please.
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:45 PM
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Pics, please.
LOL!

See, that's why I'm asking. Because I originally posed the question on my blog (before I was a Doper) and received one "maybe" response... I figured if any forum can discover the for-sure answer, it's the Dope.
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:07 PM
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Code C - Customer Service (I was right!!) Sometimes used, when
cashiers needed
Code 10 - Dry Spill
Code 20 - Wet Spill
Code 90 - Management
Code 300 - Security
Store # - Backup needed.. (all male employees and security)
These are all a store-level thing, also, or they maybe used to be official.

At our store, we don't use any of those, but we do add the unofficial "Code 15" or "Code 60" occasionally if we want to mess up a new person. (They mean "I'm going on break" or " I'm going on lunch," respectively.)
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:40 AM
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Maybe it was you? Maybe YOU are a "Code Pink"?? The Wal-Mart employees are so adorable when they code their compliments."
Based on that blog picture, I'm sure we at Little Caesar's years ago would have put out a call for an "oven check" while you waited for your pizza.
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:48 AM
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At the restaurant I worked at someone would have said "rolls up". As always, the goal is to keep it innocuous for everybody else but quite explicit to you and your coworkers.
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Old 07-18-2006, 07:59 AM
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There is also a code for "Media/TV Reporter on the Premises".

Tells you a lot about Wally-Mart.
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Old 07-18-2006, 08:10 AM
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To me, Code Pink has always meant a group of peace activists. The other stuff comes as a surprise.
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Old 07-18-2006, 08:12 AM
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uh... yeah, your a smoking hot redhead... "code pink"... you don't have to work at Walmart to decrypt that!

Did I mention your absolutely georgous.


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Old 07-18-2006, 09:13 AM
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At the restaurant I worked at someone would have said "rolls up". As always, the goal is to keep it innocuous for everybody else but quite explicit to you and your coworkers.
At my former workplace, our code for shirking work was "I'm going to Tech Area 31." See, every building on the property was coded by tech area, but there was no TA31. The "31" was the clue that meant, "I'm going to Baskin-Robbins".
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:39 AM
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That reminds me of another "in-house" signal I heard of.

Many years ago, Mr. brown and another employee of his engineering firm had to go to a client's factory to "field-check" some piping facilities. The other employee was a very handsome young latino man who in fact was enough of a looker to do modeling work on the side. The factory was a tuna cannery, which employed a lot of latina women who filleted and cleaned the cooked fish. When said good-looking guy entered the factory, Mr. brown noticed that the women were signaling to each other by quietly tapping the butts of their knives on their cutting boards, and nodding subtly in the direction of the young man. The target didn't pick upon it at all, although he was puzzled by the sudden noise of tapping. Mr. brown kept mum and didn't clue him in.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:13 PM
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At McDonalds (c. 1979-84), we would ask for a "cheese call on x, please," (where x = the till at which the attractive customer was being served). Legitimate "cheese calls" were actually to see how many burgers out of a run of 6 or 12 needed to be cheeseburgers.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:33 PM
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uh... yeah, your a smoking hot redhead... [snip]

[snip/] Did I mention your absolutely georgous.
Oh my! Seconded!
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:46 PM
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A's call at Little Caesars years ago was to rate the girl and use an oven number they didn't have.. so, an "8 pie on 3" was an 8 girl, come check her out.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:13 PM
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The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University offers a free escort service (no, not THAT kind of escort service) for students going from place to place on campus who feel they might need some protection (usually late at night, for students going home after working in computer labs or what not).

Each time a request for an escort was called in, an ROTC cadet armed with a walkie talkie and a smokey the bear hat would go forth to protect the fair maiden from all the ne'er do wells out there (it's funny because it apparantly works). Once he met up with the person he was escorting, he'd radio back to let the guardroom know. In reply he'd get some innocuous question, such as "Hey, we're about to order pizza, what kind of toppings do you want?" or "What's the weather look like tonight?" and the response back would be a code to describe the girl. IIRC, Pepperoni meant she was cute, anchovies or Canadian bacon were differing grades of undesireableness, supreme meant you had found one of the two girls on campus who had posed for Playboy, etc.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:36 PM
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For me, at my hospital, Code Pink means an infant is missing from one of the birthing units. We take it VERY seriously.

Assuming it means the same to Walmart, it may be that you've stumbled across one of their secret birthing labs buried beneath certain of their superstores.*

* Note this is merely speculation based on what might cause Walmart to issue missing infant alerts.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:57 PM
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When I was a bagger at Safeway years ago, we used "Code Blue on (aisle #)" to alert earch other to gazeworthy females.
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I got to several hospitals for scheduled inspections for my job and have noticed the code list posted in employee areas. Like Boyo Jim mentioned, Code Pink is child/infant abduction. Presumably, the entire facility is then placed on lockdown. I doubt this is what the OP witnessed.
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:34 PM
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I was looking for a new desk at Wal-Mart, and I asked a fellow if he could find a specific model for me at another store. I waited about 10 minutes, milling about, and finally went to find him.

I found him at a counter where several other Wal-Mart employees were, and while I was getting the update from him, another fellow came up and said to a female employee:

"CODE PINK! CODE PINK! That's the one I was looking at before! I thought she'd left!"

I had the distinct impression that he was talking about me, though I didn't acknowledge that I'd overheard.

What does Code Pink mean, Wal-Mart styles? Is it good or bad? Or neutral?
'Code Pink' doesn't do you justice. I'd have pressed some alarm button!
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Old 07-18-2006, 07:03 PM
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"CODE PINK! CODE PINK! That's the one I was looking at before! I thought she'd left!"
Yeah, the photographic evidence confirms it. Rowwwwrrrr!

[hijack]My sister the nurse had a coworker in one hospital that called "code brown" if a patient shat the bed.[/hijack]
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Old 07-18-2006, 07:11 PM
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Errrrmmmm... blush! Well, thank you very much. I'll just step over here and continue blushing.


As far as the different codes go...this is fascinating. I had no idea this was something people did. Apparently, I've been working in entirely the wrong places!
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Old 07-18-2006, 08:33 PM
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Apparently, I've been working in entirely the wrong places!
The customs I've missed out on by avoiding service-industry jobs like the plague...
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Old 07-18-2006, 10:58 PM
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There is also a code for "Media/TV Reporter on the Premises".

Tells you a lot about Wally-Mart.
Do you have something to back that up?

Jesus, I feel like the two jobs I've had (Wal-Mart and McDonald's) have more people who hate them than any other companies.
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:35 AM
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Do you have something to back that up?

Jesus, I feel like the two jobs I've had (Wal-Mart and McDonald's) have more people who hate them than any other companies.
Yes, I do.

My local Wal-Mart's Customer Sevice desk (a place where I have stood in line returning goods many times, before giving up on Wally-Mart) has a list of Codes posted on the wall, next to a phone. Visible to all, it includes a listing for "Unscheduled Media Event".
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:13 AM
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"CODE PINK! CODE PINK! That's the one I was looking at before! I thought she'd left!"
Jeez, why have codes if you're going to blurt out the meaning of it anyway!! (Yep, he definitely meant you if you looked anything like that picture.)

I always used "pancake" with my best friend at the time to alert him to guys I thought were cute.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:46 AM
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Yes, I do.

My local Wal-Mart's Customer Sevice desk (a place where I have stood in line returning goods many times, before giving up on Wally-Mart) has a list of Codes posted on the wall, next to a phone. Visible to all, it includes a listing for "Unscheduled Media Event".
I know what flip chart you're talking about, and not all of those are codes. W-M has eight standard codes. That chart also contains procedures in the case of certain events, like an unscheduled media visit.
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The customs I've missed out on by avoiding service-industry jobs like the plague...
Maybe we could invent some codes for attractive students? Like, "There's a student here with some interesting geodesic deviations"?
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:54 PM
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One time I went into a Safeway grocery store in Northern California and was looking for something very specific on the shelf. On the other end of the aisle were a couple of stockboys putting groceries up. Maybe I was spending too much time looking for whatever it was I was searching for, because eventually a manager walked near me, and eyed me suspiciously before circling around to the other end of the aisle, where he asked the stockboys, "are you guys alone in here?" They answered, "yes, sir."

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I assumed he was asking them if I was a [potential] shoplifter.
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Old 07-19-2006, 01:33 PM
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One time I went into a Safeway grocery store in Northern California and was looking for something very specific on the shelf. On the other end of the aisle were a couple of stockboys putting groceries up. Maybe I was spending too much time looking for whatever it was I was searching for, because eventually a manager walked near me, and eyed me suspiciously before circling around to the other end of the aisle, where he asked the stockboys, "are you guys alone in here?" They answered, "yes, sir."

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I assumed he was asking them if I was a [potential] shoplifter.
Sounds like a good manager. He could tell you were a Cagey Drifter just from the looks of you!

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Yes, I do.

My local Wal-Mart's Customer Sevice desk (a place where I have stood in line returning goods many times, before giving up on Wally-Mart) has a list of Codes posted on the wall, next to a phone. Visible to all, it includes a listing for "Unscheduled Media Event".
To be honest, depending on what results when that code is announced, the existance of a code for reporters showing up doesn't necessarily mean anything bad is happening. Could be the procedure is to alert the managers of the reporters' precense, in case they need to act as a spokesperson for the store or to show the reporters around to asist them in their jobs, could be the procedure is to herd all the shackled child laborers out the back door so they won't be seen. All depends on what happens AFTER the code is called.

As for "Why would the managers need to know about the reporters, what do they have to hide?" remember that all reporters are human, and not all reporters are GOOD reporters (both in terms of good/evil and in terms of competence, having worked for a number of newspapers I can tell you that all sorts of people can end up writing articles).
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Old 07-20-2006, 03:19 AM
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Maybe we could invent some codes for attractive students? Like, "There's a student here with some interesting geodesic deviations"?
Generally there's only one "worker" in the room with "customers". That is, there's no reason for codes because by the time I can talk with other department members about my theories on how ribbed sweaters are attractive because while generally shrouding curvature they highlight geodesic deviations[1], the students are nowhere around.

[1] Seriously, I came up with this back in fall of 2002. It's not just cooked up as a response to your phrasing.
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There are of course regular announcements over the PA in London Tube stations (as in every railway station everywhere). They are done in any old accent and a basically casual style, as you would expect assuming they are done, ad hoc, by station staff.

Once I was standing on the platform when an extremely plummy voice said over the PA in a stilted and formal style "Would Mr Brown, please come to the ticket office".

I immediately thought there's something funny going on: that sounds like a pre-recorded message, and "Brown" just has to be a code for something. I could see from the faces of many other commuters standing on the platform that they were thinking something similar.

Sure enough a couple of minutes later the station was evacuated because some bozo had left a bag somewhere.

I thought it was pretty pathetic: if you are using codes to let staff know there's something going on while avoiding a public panic, you could at least make it a bit less obvious.
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The service codes at my work don't match up with anything logical (they're just numbers), but we do have fun with new staff by calling them to Aisle 12 over the PA (there's only 11 aisles in the store).

Of course, if CarlyJay ever came into the supermarket I work at, you can bet most of the nightfill staff would suddenly decide the shelves in whatever aisle she was in were looking dangerously understocked...
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There are of course regular announcements over the PA in London Tube stations (as in every railway station everywhere). They are done in any old accent and a basically casual style, as you would expect assuming they are done, ad hoc, by station staff.

Once I was standing on the platform when an extremely plummy voice said over the PA in a stilted and formal style "Would Mr Brown, please come to the ticket office".

I immediately thought there's something funny going on: that sounds like a pre-recorded message, and "Brown" just has to be a code for something. I could see from the faces of many other commuters standing on the platform that they were thinking something similar.

Sure enough a couple of minutes later the station was evacuated because some bozo had left a bag somewhere.

I thought it was pretty pathetic: if you are using codes to let staff know there's something going on while avoiding a public panic, you could at least make it a bit less obvious.
Similarly, if you're ever in the theatre and "Mr Sands" is paged, begin making your way nonchalantly towards the exit. Do not (for the usual obvious and excellent reasons) shout "Fire!".
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"Mr. Sands" means fire?
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Generally there's only one "worker" in the room with "customers". That is, there's no reason for codes because by the time I can talk with other department members about my theories on how ribbed sweaters are attractive because while generally shrouding curvature they highlight geodesic deviations[1], the students are nowhere around.

[1] Seriously, I came up with this back in fall of 2002. It's not just cooked up as a response to your phrasing.
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At our hospital, code pink means a baby in the neonatal unit can't breathe or is having some other catastrophe. It's always something scary and horrible. If I heard it over a Wal-Mart loudspeaker, I'd probably flip out for a few seconds.
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At our hospital, code pink means a baby in the neonatal unit can't breathe or is having some other catastrophe. It's always something scary and horrible. If I heard it over a Wal-Mart loudspeaker, I'd probably flip out for a few seconds.
This might be a bit off-topic (mods, if you want I'll start a new thread), but do hospital workers really become that reactive? When you hear "code pink", your body just reacts instinctively rather than rationally thinking you're off-duty and not at the hospital, so the meaning is probably different?
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I've never heard a "code pink" called at a Wal-Mart, and I'm pretty sure that my reaction would depend on how tired I was. I've no doubt that in a few seconds it would occur to me I'm in a stinking Wal-Mart, but IU could easily see my blood pressure going up for a second or two before that suck in. I think emergency doctors might be more reactive than some other specialties.
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I've never heard a "code pink" called at a Wal-Mart, and I'm pretty sure that my reaction would depend on how tired I was. I've no doubt that in a few seconds it would occur to me I'm in a stinking Wal-Mart, but IU could easily see my blood pressure going up for a second or two before that suck in. I think emergency doctors might be more reactive than some other specialties.
I see..

I want to clarify, by the way, that I don't mean to imply that there's anything wrong with being hardwired to jump. In fact, I could see that being a very good trait in that line of work. I was just wondering if ER doctors (or other hospital workers) have trouble turning it off when they leave the workplace.
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"Mr. Sands" means fire?
Yup. It's how the front of house staff alert each other and so can get the evacuation set up before they sound the alarm and the audience all panic.
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I'm kinda surprised that hostage situations come up enough that WalMart needs a code word for them.
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I'm kinda surprised that hostage situations come up enough that WalMart needs a code word for them.
Well, they don't need to come up that often for it to be worthwhile. A bit like in that classic English police film The Blue Lamp* in which, towards the close, the villain has taken refuge in the crowd at a dog-track. The police arrive and explain the emergency to the proprietor. Two words later - "Operation Turnstile" - the ground is being locked down, quietly and without any fiss.

Or even fuss.

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I'm kinda surprised that hostage situations come up enough that WalMart needs a code word for them.
Well, there was that thing a while back about managers locking employees in after hours and not letting them leave until their work is done. Does that count?
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Well, there was that thing a while back about managers locking employees in after hours and not letting them leave until their work is done. Does that count?
I hate to defend Wal-Mart again, but if these people would just... gee, tell someone? There's a special number for us to call any time there's problem to let someone at home office know. Posted everywhere.
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