TEWKSBURY (CBS) – Market Basket customers rallied Saturday in support of the company’s workers saying they would continue to avoid shopping at the company’s stores.

Under a threat of being fired, employees ignored a company order to return to work by Friday. The company stalemate is in its fourth week as stores remained mostly unstocked and company sales have nosedived.

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Holding signs, blaring car horns and issuing chants, workers protested the firing of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas as they stood firm in support of the company’s workers.

“No way am I going in. Are you kidding me? These people, they work so hard. They put in more hours than anybody even knows,” said protestor and customer Jane Tremlay.

Another customer,

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“Frankly, I can’t imagine anybody in their right mind would want to run a company the way these people have been trying to do things,” said protester Jeff Betterini.

Some customers, however, crossed the picket lines and shopped in the store.

“My point is I have four kids and I have to do what I have to do,” said Wanda Delecruz.


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