Originally posted by Mad_Hatter
1. Wal Mart drives down retail wages $4.7 Billion Annually
2. Wal Mart costs California taxpayers $86 Million A Year
3. Wal Mart costs tax payers $1,557,000,000,00 to support its employees
4. Wal Mart spends:
$7,000 ANTI-UNION CAMERA PACKAGE per store
$30,000 UNDERCOVER SPY VAN per store
$100,000 24 hour ANTI-UNION HOTLINE
$7,000,000 Rapid response team with CORPORATE JET
5. Wal-Mart currently faces lawsuits in thirty-one different States for wage and hour abuses potentially involving hundreds of thousands of
6. Wal-Mart is paying eleven million dollars to settle Federal allegations it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
7. Wal-Mart is facing a class-action lawsuit for discrimination against $1.6 million former and current female employees.
8. Currently in the U.S. there are 26,699,678 SQUARE FEET of empty WAL-MARTS
9. Cost for WAL-MART Factory Worker to Assemble: $0.18
Retail cost at Wal-Mart: $14.96
Every once in a while some of the people here amaze me with their ignorance. You do realize that the "Facts" that you are quoting are financed by
the Unions, who stand to gain over 1/2 a billion dollars in annual dues from unionizing WM? Do you think they're going to tell the truth, or spin
whatever they hear to their own needs?
The points you listed above range from complete lies to the truth, but spun to fit their needs.
1. Anti union cameras and vans? Completely false.
2. Illegal immigrants cleaning the stores? True. But they were employed by the companies that cleaned some of the stores overnight, they weren't
WM associates. WM had nothing to do with them being employes, and when they found out, they corrected the problem.
3. The empty Wal-Mart stores are the old stores left behind when the associates move into a Supercenter. They are empty until the store can be
emptied, cleaned, and sold to a new company. Then they are remodeled and are back in business. That amount of square footage would equal only 225
non Supercenter stores, which would mean you are talking about empty stores over an entire year while they are in the process of being sold. What
exactly is the problem with that anyway?
4. There is no such thing as a WM factory worker, and the factories that make the goods sold in WM also supply Target, BestBuy, ShopKo, etc... Why
is WM singeled out as the only ones who are guilty of this. Same thing with the other financial points you copied. What are the other retailers
Too many people look at a one sided arguement and think its true simply because someone took the time to type it.
Is WM without any faults? Of course not, but they do a lot of good too.
Where are the points of who was able to respond to hurricane Katrina before anyone else with free food and supplies, or how much communites get in
contributions from their local stores every year?
Take the time to research both sides of things, and then make your decision. The OP read these biased "Facts" and made his mind up from there.
"...I'm sure Wal Mart hasn't changed a bit. I mean, they didn't change then so why start now?"
Your quote is an awful example of what I just said. The company is making changes almost daily, but the good things get less press.
Do some real reseach and see how the stores you frequent stack up. Stop rehashing this stuff as gospel, when its nothing but half-truths from another
company that wants it's annual profits to increase by 100's of millions of dollars. The Unions.