This examiner was informed by Joan in Mayor Bill Dickinson’s (Wallingford Republican Mayor since 1988 and the incumbent) office that either the Mayor or she would call yesterday morning to arrange an appointment to discuss my complaints regarding his Health Department, one of its Sanitarians, its Director and the ridiculously unsanitary conditions which were allowed to persist at the local Wal-Mart retail store by that Sanitarian who admitted to ‘liking’ and having a relationship with store manager Doug Yeakey. The phone call from Mayor Dickinson’s office never came, so I went to City/Town Hall at 3:30pm to follow up. I delivered the latest in this series of articles on Wal-Mart, examining the local management, the management of global Wal-Mart CEO S. Robson Walton (who waited only 48 hours following his Dad’s death, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, before moving in with lightning speed as CEO and clinging to the position since—utilizing merciless business tactics and causing the export of millions of American jobs, the lowering of the quality of merchandise while raising prices) to Joan, and asked about her promised call. Joan’s response was that it is “a very busy office” and that the mayor has been busy all day.
When reminded that she herself had volunteered that she would follow up by calling me yesterday morning, she attempted to deny that, however was short circuited when I reminded her that I had taken notes during our in-person talk and that her comments were being published as well. I affirmed to her that such denials were unnecessary, however that I would simply like to make an appointment with my Mayor. She said that she would speak with his ‘scheduler’ and get back to me. I asked when I might hear back and Mayoral Aid Joan said “next week.” When I asked for a more specific time frame Joan committed to the mayor’s office phoning me this coming Monday, May 16th. I left a copy of this series of articles for the Mayor to peruse in advance of our conversation. There is also another different and very serious concern which I’ve brought to the attention of the Mayor’s office involving the local school system which I’ve also detailed to Joan and I’ve asked to include that topic in my conversation with Mayor Dickinson, and yet the Wallingford Mayor’s “is a busy office” as Joan describes it. Apparently this municipal office is too busy to keep its commitments to new residents, voters and taxpayers, as well as not extraordinarily concerned about their concerns. We may find out when we finally meet with Mayor Dickinson.
On a much more positive note, two other offices within the same Town Hall, both the Clerk’s office and the Assessor’s deserve kudos indeed for services performed yesterday. The Town Clerk was cordial, friendly, and helpful and knowledgeable on matters unrelated to the Wal-Mart issue, as was the staff in the assessor’s office. Having had many previous interactions with the Clerk’s office, but my first with the Town Clerk herself, I’ve always only had praise for their performance and the highly personable nature of this staff. When I praised her staff, the Town Clerk beamed and took obvious pride in her crew, giving them credit and taking a bit for herself, saying she expected only that from her staff. Well, they deliver indeed! I was referred by the Clerk’s staff to the Assessor’s office, and a staffer there, late on a getaway Friday afternoon serviced me with good cheer, patience, competence, a few yuks, and way beyond what was minimally necessary to get the job done; in other words he went out of his way to satisfy a citizen, so thanks to the Assessor’s office as well!
Following City Hall a visit to Wal-Mart Store Manager Doug Yeakey did not go so well. I did get to see him since I did not identify myself when I went to the service desk in the rear of the store and requested to see him. Mr. Yeakey was argumentative, interrupting frequently, unresponsive to both praise and additional complaints, loud and rude in front of customers and staff. I asked him to sit on a bench I sat upon, I am disabled and don’t stand for long periods well, in order to read materials I had prepared. He refused. I told him that he might not want me to read them out loud, but he clearly preferred to grab the documents and leave, whereas I preferred to discuss the issues raised in the documents before he departed. He became rudely insistent that I hand him the documents, however agreed to allow me to read. As I did so, he hollered that I was ‘harassing’ him and that I must now hand the documents over and leave, continuing to a register to check out if that was my wish. He said that he has reported me to icedjamb.com, this very publication, and reported that I’ve published deceptive photos of filth in his store by publishing the same photo but simply turning it sideways and claiming it to be evidence of two separate incidents. This was a lie. I’ve checked these pages, and the reader may do so as well, and this clearly has NOT happened. Furthermore the time stamps on my camera and these articles would dispute this even if simply looking shows that no duplicate photos have been posted at all! Mr. Yeakey has now claimed to have lied to icedjamb.com regarding my performance.
Ironically, Examiner, to their credit, had not even brought Mr. Yeakey’s ludicrous lying accusations to my attention, in fact they’ve offered me a second position as an Examiner with our fine online news source.
I have decided, however, to now follow up on Mr. Yeakey’s advice, which was to offer my complaints regarding the intimidation tactics, his own personal incompetence, the filth in the store, the necessity of the Health Director insisting on a remedy for that filth before action was taken and more to 1-800-WALMART. I will also file a complaint at walmart.com, and document all of these concerns in writing via ground mail if that is possible. As always with this series, we shall keep you posted!-