Wal-Mart really soiled his reputation.
A Montana professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel because an employee listed the academic’s occupation as “toilet cleaner” on a fishing license application.
Montana State University assistant professor Gilbert Kalonde bought a state fishing license from a Wal-Mart in April 2015, and a store employee used Kalonde’s MSU I.D. when filling out an application form, according to a complaint filed in Gallatin County District Court.
But when the employee entered Kalonde’s occupation into a computer database, he wrote that the professor “cleans toilets,” the complaint charges.
The incident exposed Kalonde to “hatred, contempt [and] ridicule,” the suit claims.
Wal-Mart is looking into it, spokesman Ragan Dickens said.
“To our knowledge an administrative process to resolve this with Dr. Kalonde is ongoing,” Dickens told The Associated Press. “We’ve not been served with the lawsuit, but we take the claims seriously and will respond appropriately with the court.”
With Post wires