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On Rock Community Services skirts maximum turkey rule at Walmart

12/15/2014 07:16 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST
A food bank on Montreal’s West Island is having to resort to some subversive methods to put turkeys in its holiday food baskets.

On Rock Community Services is providing 200 hampers for some of its clients. Each of those hampers is supposed to include a turkey.

So when Kim Reid, president of On Rock, saw a sale on turkeys at the Kirkland, Que. Walmart, he asked the staff if he could buy all 200 turkeys there.

Those turkeys are a utility grade, and a fraction of the price of a regular one.

Reid said local staff at the Walmart agreed to let him buy 30 turkeys a day. He did that twice, but the second time he went,he was told by staff he wouldn’t be allowed to buy more turkeys.

Call out on social media

Reid took to Facebook. He wrote his followers to tell them what happened.

Shortly afterwards, people started bringing him turkeys they purchased at the Walmart sale. He said he's received turkeys from his friends in his motorcycle club, as well as some people from West Island churches.

He said he has no issue skirting around the rules for the cause.

“I’m not doing this to hoard turkeys for myself. We’re trying to feed families that are going to have a crappy Christmas if we can’t help out,” he said.

Reid is still about 105 turkeys short of fulfilling his commitment of one turkey for each food hamper.

He plans to pass them out next Saturday.

The Kirkland, Que. Walmart would not comment on the story.

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