Walmart tells parking lot squatters to bug out


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.

Some were.

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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February 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

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February 10th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’d kill myself before living at WalMart. They’re usually to scary to shop at…let alone live!

walmart rules

February 11th, 2012
9:28 am

if these people can’t live at walmart anymore, will they still buy stuff there?

Rob Shields

February 11th, 2012
10:49 pm

Please Walmart scary slow for checking out maybe. But not scary.

good deals

February 12th, 2012
2:44 pm

walmart has good prices on frozen chicken and colby jack shredded cheese—some of my best deals in town.


February 13th, 2012
7:34 pm

charge $20.00 a night watch what happens.

A.B. Normal

February 15th, 2012
10:02 am

Nice place to shop? No. Better place to live? Ugh! Great place to surreptitiously photograph bizarre humanoids for internet postings? Apparently so! Check out “” Ha-ha!