Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Not Wordless Wednesday (Or, better known as Wal-Mart redux)

My work week is shaping up into a work month the likes of which make me wonder if I am able to keep up with my blogging habit. I truly wish I could have been around for my own comment thread yesterday. You people are the best. There was so much good stuff that I decided to post a couple of your comments.

Captain Dumbass had this link. Go check it out. I'll wait....

How was that for scary?

Jan shared this story, "Beloved won't shop there at all. He spent six months in Bentonville, employed by Informix, working on a Wal-Mart deal. He said the Wal-Mart culture is just amazing, and not in a good way - the Wal-Mart executives and management were forbidden to socialize with anyone outside of the company, and were all required to go through some sort of indoctrination when hired. He later worked for a company run by Scientologists that didn't have the "Big Brother" mentality Wal-Mart does."

Movie shared this story, "My ex did some work with a hospice once and he was super impressed because the local Walmart donated $1000 to the hospice house. Then we found out that the money came from the employees' donations, not corporate Walmart."

Movie's story brings up a point well made in the documentary. Wal-Mart has a program where employees can donate money from their paycheck to a fund to help employees who are in crisis. In 2004, the employees donated a combined total of 5 million dollars. That same year, the billionaire Walton family donated $6,000.

23 comments:

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Wow. Isn't it amazing the greed in our own backyards?? Its so silly that this has been able to be okay in this country for so long, just because of the promise to save a couple of dollars while we shop. I don't get it.

McEwens said...

That video was scary... but secretly.... I was watching that the whole time wishing I had bought some stock in Wally World! Just kidding.. well, sorta.

True Blue Texan said...

My husband and I were just talking about how there were no WalMarts around when we were growing up. Watching that video was like watching a virus spread across the country.
We've shopped at WalMart for the low prices, especially when our kids were young, but now try to avoid it. Their low prices come at far too high a cost.
I'll be watching the rest of the documentary tonight.

mo.stoneskin said...

Wow, if only we had such drama this side of the pond, it's just not fair at all.

creative kerfuffle said...

true blue was right--it was like watching a virus spread. frightening really.

Jan said...

That map was enlightening - it looks like by the end of the decade the only place in the country without one will be Death Valley.

LiLu said...

There's only one WalMart in the entire District, and I only know about it because I just googled it to find out.

I'm glad.

only a movie said...

That video was eye-opening.
And the place w/ the low prices really contributes to our throw-away culture. Ack.
I think I'm going to try to never shop there again.

Beth said...

You've convinced me not only to never shop at Wal Mart (I hardly ever went before...) but now I've changed my route to work so I won't have to drive by.

And I tagged you on my blog. I'd love to know more about you. And you write well. :)

Michele said...

Why does their greed not surprise me?

Casey said...

Wow, Walmart really is the devil. What I want to know is why Captain Dumbass is spying on America?

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Lucy used to affectionately refer to herself as a "Walmart Groupie" She would be appalled.

Braja said...

I can't believe I wasn't a follower on your blog. How the hell did that happpen???

thistle said...

Yesterday's post was fascinating...as was the comment thread. To add my personal perspective on this...my BIL's sister is married to a WM manager, and they make ridiculous amounts of money (apparently when you make a certain level of management, you begin to get a share of the profits) I seriously doubt they shop there anymore...more prone to the Humvee status...buying the biggest and most expensive, just because they can...Ironic...

and distastefully Weird...

Brigit said...

That map really is like an insideous, contagious disease. Its that sort of greed and lack of morals that has caused the economic crisis. Quite shocking.

Just B said...

Okay, that does it: I'm back to the boycott. I didn't shop there for a number of years because of their managerial discrimination against women. Then money got short and so did my nobility...

Cocotte said...

Their stores are just gross and dirty, in my opinion. Thanks for even more reasons to never shop there.

Melissa B. said...

Yeah, we're pretty much anti-Wal Mart over here. Greedy and selfish, aren't they?

shaunna said...

the stingy wealthy should start getting a bit scared. the masses might gather their pitchforks and torches and start marching to arkansas.

Braja said...

Bloody typical. Grrr..

Braja said...

Bloody typical.

Heather said...

I. hate. walmart. I avoid it at all costs.

Debbie said...

I still think my boycott of Walmart will hurt them deeply:)