HR Strange But True!
June 21, 2007

What would you think if your boss closed down your workplace so you and other employees could go shopping? Does it sound too good to be true?

Not if you work for the municipal government in Millbrook, Alabama. On June 13, workers were allowed to--actually encouraged to--go to the grand opening of the new Wal-Mart on Highway 14.

"City Hall is closed so everybody can have an opportunity to shop," Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley tells a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser.

Kelley attended the 8 a.m. opening of the store, along with his employees and the high school marching band, which played "The Star Spangled Banner."

"I just told everybody they had to bring a paid Wal-Mart receipt back to work," Kelley tells the newspaper

Part of Kelley's enthusiasm was fueled by new tax revenue. "Every department head has turned in a wish list. I think we've spent the money four times over," he tells the newspaper.

While the store opening has created 420 new jobs, Kelley is also anticipating doing some hiring. "The first thing we will do is hire four police officers."

And then Kelly made his shoppers/employees even happier--by promising them a pay raise in the coming fiscal year.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser

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