9:17 am February 10, 2012, by David Markiewicz
Nice place to shop?
Better place to live?
For some folks in North Dakota, it’s been a big yes to the latter.
Only the retail colossus says no.
According to the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune, visiting oil workers have been living in campers in a Walmart parking lot in Williston for months, and apparently accepting the accommodations.
But now the store is saying be on your way.
This week store executives warned the squatters that they’d better leave or their vehicles would be towed at their expense.
Walmart cited safety, noise and litter as the issues.
A housing shortage in the area drove the workers to the parking lot, even though the accommodations were less than plush. There were no water or sewer hook-ups, for example, and many were crowded into small campers without heat or electricity. Some lived there for weeks or months.
Walmart said it was concerned with the environment for its customers and employees.
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