Are Wal-Mart backers courting New Yorkers by pretending to be Wal-Mart haters?

Handshakewithsam Gothamist has the weird scoop on some characters in Grand Central Terminal today who were reportedly yelling anti-Wal-Mart sentiments while handing out pro-Wal-Mart literature—perhaps thinking no one would grab a flier if they revealed their true purpose right off the bat. The “protesters” were shouting things like, “Keep Wal-Mart out of New York City!” and “Keep Wal-Mart away from New York!,” according to the original report, whose author adds: “I’m not sure if I should be annoyed by this venture or totally impressed by the last guy’s ability to reel in an otherwise deaf audience.” If this is true, it’s slimy, bordering on devilish.

—Posted by Tim Nudd