Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer's wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn't work at the stores were hard to find.

An estimated 50 people showed up at a store in East Green Brush, N.Y., to protest the firing of Walmart employee Thomas Smith earlier this month. Thomas was allegedly let go for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart. Walmart said he was fired because Smith had failed to disclose his prior criminal history when he was hired, a claim Thomas disputed.

A group of about two dozen people delivered a petition to a Walmart store in downtown D.C. calling for higher wages, judging from photos of the event. According to a company spokesman, "one or two" store employees took part in the protest, although nobody at that location was involved. The event was over well before noon.

Reports of other protests were hard to find on newswires, and visits to other Washington-area stores showed no protest activity of any kind.

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