QUEENSBURY -- An employee of Wal-Mart on Quaker Ridge Road was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly engaging in prostitution in a store bathroom, according to State Police.
Authorities said they believe the man was also soliciting clients to meet him in the bathroom at Crandall Public Library.
Foster M. Bills, 22, of Stony Creek, allegedly engaged in sex acts with other men for money in the bathroom of the store while working overnight shifts, officials said.
Police said Bills solicited meetings with would-be clients through the Craigslist online marketplace website, and arranged to meet them during his breaks.
State Police said store officials became suspicious of his activity and notified State Police, and an undercover officer arranged for a meeting with him at the store and arrested Bills when he agreed to perform a sex act for money, officials said. Bills was charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor, and was released pending prosecution April 29 in Queensbury Town Court.
Kayla Whaling, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said Bills was suspended pending an investigation by the company. She said Wal-Mart has been cooperating with State Police and providing information throughout the investigation.
“We’re appalled that something like this could be happening in one of our stores,” she said.
Police said records show Bills also posted an ad in the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist at 7:44 p.m. Tuesday titled “quicky and crandal (sic)” apparently soliciting men to meet him at Crandall Public Library. The first lines, posted by a 22-year-old whose name wasn’t listed, read “Young guy looking for a little spending money. I’m at crandal (sic) library for a little bit so hit me up asap.”
It goes on to explain the procedures for meeting him at the library but no price is listed.
Crandall Public Library Executive Director Kathy Naftaly said the library’s staff was not aware of any issues there related to the case.
Prostitution is punishable by up to 90 days in Warren County Jail.