I don't buy that "Walmart is evil" crap. Penn and Teller are magicians, paid announcers ...corporate puppets. Their areas of expertise are
misdirection and illusion. The only credibility they have is celebrity (Would you listen to Paris Hilton?). They will never have to put on that
smock as long as they keep entertaining and providing these "Public Service Announcements". Rest assured, had they children, not one of them would
work at Walmart.
The number on the sign is irrelevant as it could have been an oversight, a result of malicious wrath or a plant. Who cares.
Truth is that Walmart is both good and bad for communities. They give jobs to people who are not qualified for other jobs. The bad part is that
if you don't drool but you are not a university graduate, say "Bye job".
People are lazy, greedy and self-interested. When you buy something, you don't boast about how much your purchase helped the community, you
say "I got a great deal." Saving is great but wealth is not a good deciding factor for the division of society. Look at Conrad Black.
Consider this. Gerry graduates and apprentices at a T-shirt shop. He works for 10 years, making gains in knowledge and salary. He saves his
money and starts a family.
He decides to open his own business across town and puts his life savings into making it successful. At 5 years he starts to turn a profit and
teach his sons and daughters about the business. Now he is an expert in his field and his children are learning and helping to keep the business
current. Gerry is now supporting his entire family with his business. The future looks bright.
In comes Walmart
. They want massive deals on the merchandise he makes. Gerry figures out that at twice his maximum capacity, he still can't
make a profit. Walmart can get bins of identical t-shirts for less than half of what Gerry charges after cutting all the corners he can. Gerry's
Tees goes belly up. Custom T-shirts are a page in history and Gerry's entire family (including Gerry) are now qualified to work at Walmart!
Maybe a great $10/hr job cutting boxes and taking out garbage. Be a Greeter! Most of those jobs are part - time so there are no benefits, no
seniority etc. Supervisors, are afraid to lose their position because they are curiously not qualified for any position outside Walmart, so they let
things slide and try to get more out of their workers for the least amount possible. Free to use bullying and other draconian tactics they cow the
workforce into a dull-grey submission. Is there any wonder why they don't often give a rat's a** what you want?
The net effect of Walmart in a community is to make other businesses obsolete and make skill - sets useless. I equate it to the car repair
industry. They have taken the abilities to diagnose and repair components from the mechanic and made them (in comparison) - general laborers. Cars
designed like lighters. Rip and replace. They often can't tell you what is wrong without the machine telling them what it is.
The cheaper prices we are paying is at the expense of our own businesses. If you don't support small local business, those skills get shipped
to some other country and Walmart sells it back to you with a great big smile. What happens when the people who owned the defunct businesses are
making less than half their former salary? They can't support your business. If they are making $10/hr, how do they're kids get an education? As
greeters they can't support your business either.
Property values go down as incomes drop, more shops are boarded up along with the houses of the owners and employees of said businesses. Those
boarded up houses and businesses further drop the property values and finally you have a slum. There is no money in slums so out goes Walmart
in goes the liquor store and crack-house play-set.
You are creating a blue smocked nation. So like "The Matrix".