With Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee for the Democrats, some Bernie Sanders supporters are now executing their Occupy Walmart strategy in a last ditch effort to win Sanders the nomination.
Nearly 40,000 Occupy volunteers will protest and occupy Walmarts across the US and the world. Many of the Occupy volunteers already work at Walmart and management will allow them to occupy stores while on or off duty as long as it doesn't interfere with their work. Indeed, sleeping Occupy personnel were indistinguishable from on duty Walmart employees.
Meet Michael Mantis, 18 years old and a die hard Sanders supporter. When he is not officially employed at Walmart store 13255 in Aurora, Colorado, he is occupying the shoe department. He declined to say which he was doing the day he spoke to this reporter.
"Look I'm already here a lot of the time anyway, so really I could hold out forever."
When asked if he would give up the cause if Hillary officially won the Democratic party's endorsement, he just smiled and repeated, "I could hold out forever."
Twice retired Mike Ambrosino is a former oil executive convicted of commodity fraud in the 1990s. He occupies the men's room at Walmart and you can always tell when he is officially off duty because he wears his Bernie Sanders shirt over his work shirt.
Ambrosino like others, spoke of no compromise when it comes to his preferred candidate. We sat down in the Starbucks in store 13255 on his break and he talked about the movement.
"The Sanders Movement is of the people, Bernie is not a corporatized candidate like the others, this is how you start a revolution. People will remember, when the revolution came it started at Walmart."