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Walmart reports strong Black Friday sales despite protests

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

One man was arrested during a protest at a local Walmart store leading up to Black Friday.

Local activists outside the store on Southeast 82nd Avenue Thursday had signs telling customers to "walk out on Walmart."

They said the protest was in support of Walmart workers who they believe are underpaid.

"To put it simply, we plan on hurting Walmart's bottom line, to show them what happens when they trample on the rights of American citizens," said protester Nolan MacGregor.

Some protesters made it inside the store and said they planned to disturb shoppers and cause delays. Dozens of others remained outside Thursday night.

Portland police arrested Justin Kerston, 33, of Portland, on charges of criminal trespass, interfering with a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Police said Kerston was creating a disturbance inside the store and was asked to leave by Walmart employees. Investigators said he refused and continued to yell and scream at employees and police officers.

He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The protest didn't seem to dampen the desire of too many customers to seek out Black Friday bargains. Walmart reported nearly 10 million register transactions between 8 p.m. and midnight Thursday company-wide, the best Black Friday opening in Walmart's history.

The company acknowledged the 26 protests outside Walmart stores nationwide, but said promised employee walkouts did not occur.

Walmart said they had roughly the same number of associates miss their scheduled shift this year as last year.

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