A Montana State University technology professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel after an employee listed the occupation on his fishing license as, pretty much, “toilet cleaner.”
From the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department: the Bozeman Daily Chronicle has reported that a MSU professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel after his fishing license occupation was listed as “clean toilets.”
In April 2015, Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, went to his local Wal-Mart to get a fishing license, a seemingly happy and benign event.
To receive a Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing license, Kalonde needed to list his occupation.
Somehow, the Wal-Mart employee then proceeded to put “clean toilets” into the FWP database, instead of the Montana State teaching credentials Kalonde had provided.
But wait, it doesn’t end there.
In February of 2016, the MSU professor went back and renewed his license at one of the mega-retailer’s stores, told the employe that he worked for the University, and they still left “clean toilets” as his occupation on the fishing license.
Lalonde has now retained Jim Taylor, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, to sue the retail giant.
Kalonde said that he was “very shocked and embarrassed” by the incident. One section of the suit reads:
“In (his) home country of Zambia, the people that do this work are the lowest social class, and are shunned and avoided by society.”
Kalonde has received another, corrected license, but not the apology that he asked for. Kalonde is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.