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Frank Swanson with “Hugs for Frank” rally organizers Dawn Barnes Haviland and Alexandria Rae Haviland (Facebook photo)

Frank Swanson with “Hugs for Frank” rally organizers Dawn Barnes Haviland and Alexandria Rae Haviland (Facebook photo)

West Plains, Mo. — A crowd of about 400 persons turned out this morning for the “Hugs for Frank” rally supporting Frank Swanson, the long-time Walmart employe who had been fired here by the behemoth corporation.
The rally was generally peaceful, and some signs were held up urging people to call Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
A lot of people were wearing Hugs for Frank T-Shirts. According to rally organizers their T-shirts sold out at about 300.
Frank was overwhelmed by the whole thing, and many former Walmart employees turned up for the event.
There were TV cameras, I was there for the Hill ’n Holler Review, and one group was filming for a documentary.
Frank and I laughed about the first time I met him about 19 years ago when he was working at Walmart busy stocking milk and I was dodging around trying to avoid an oncoming cart and tripped over his feet.
Recently, Frank who was a cashier, had been hugging his customers, many of whom stood in line to see him. He was reportedly fired because Walmart disapproved of the hugs and disagreed over a sale price which had been advertized.
Reportedly Swanson had been with the company 20 days short of 20 years when he was fired.
The rally, which was organized on Facebook, drew attention from people as far away as Germany and Arizona
Mariann Hyslop
Friends of Frank (Facebook photo)

Friends of Frank (Facebook photo)

Frank with some fans (Facebook photo)

Frank with some fans (Facebook photo)

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