Attention, Walmart campers: No overnight stays in W. 11th store lot

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EUGENE, Ore. - Becky Hummell said a shopping trip to her local Walmart got uncomfortable when a man approached her car Sunday night asking for money - and started reaching inside.

Hummell got the impression the man might be homeless and camping in the parking lot.

Walmart does allow RV camping at many store parking lots, but the W. 11th Avenue in Eugene isn't one of them.

Walmart does not want customers to feel unsafe in the parking not or in their store, store manager Catrina Luther.

Luther said she has employees check the parking lot and notify possible campers of the policy. RVs can park there; they just can't stay overnight, she said.

The policy is in keeping with Walmart's corporate policy, according to FAQs on the company's website.

"Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV."

Richard and Jodiena Stetson have been homeless for three years and wish they could camp in the Walmart parking lot. They said they have seen other homeless people do "harassing" things just for a few "booze dollars." They said they don't condone that kind of behavior.

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