Officials in Henderson, Nev., are rolling up the red carpet for motorhome owners who want to park and camp at the city’s only Wal-Mart, according to the Associated Press.
The discount chain has openly encouraged overnight RV stays and even sells an atlas that gives directions to its stores. The practice, known in RVing circles as “boondocking,” has become increasingly popular in recent years.
But Henderson City Councilman Jack Clark says staying overnight in the parking lot is an open invitation to theft, public urination and panhandling.
He says there are also health code violations that could be broken because of the lack of proper plumbing facilities.
Clark claims people are camping there despite a city code that limits overnight camping to approved trailer parks and parking lots.
Henderson police recently stepped up patrols at the Wal-Mart Supercenter and warned people not to stay overnight.
Police spokesman Keith Paul says it will take some time for people who frequent the place to get the message.