HR Strange But True!
September 23, 2003

We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...

The romance between Lloyd Forsythe, 41, and Mary Halford, 47, began when he returned a bicycle to the Wal-Mart store in Houma, La., where Mary worked. She helped him make the return, and a couple of months later, Lloyd returned to the store to ask Mary for a date. In July, Lloyd dropped to one knee in the hardware aisle and asked Mary to be his wife.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the couple got married in the store last Saturday. A local newspaper, the Courier, reported that employees of several departments worked Friday afternoon, into the night, and on Saturday morning to transform the store's garden center into a makeshift chapel.

With Wal-Mart supervisors, managers, and sales staff filling the back area of the garden center, and other guests sitting in the store's patio furniture, the couple walked down an aisle fashioned from a line of potted plants and said their vows in a small gazebo.

"It was real nice," said Amey Calloway, sales associate. "She was a beautiful bride. ? It went well," she said. "I'm glad she did it at Wal-Mart."

Store manager Janis Chauvin told the Courier that Wal-Mart weddings are not uncommon. A Florida Wal-Mart hosted a wedding earlier this year, she said, and an 83-year-old greeter met and married her husband at a Wal-Mart store. "It's been done in the past," Chauvin said. "At Wal-Mart, we're all family."

Source: The Courier of Houma, La.

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