The fight over a proposed new development in Pullman on the far south side has so far been focused on whether it should include a new Walmart store, and the development’s main cheerleader in the City Council, Ninth Ward alderman Anthony Beale, has defended the inclusion of the controversial retailer by saying it’s his only choice—he’s reached out to other big-box firms and they’ve all turned him down. Beale has made it sound like he’s in a mad dash to find a date for the high-school prom and all the pretty girls were already taken so he got stuck with Walmart.

But not everyone is buying his version of events—starting with the very retailers who supposedly spurned him.