posted on Jul, 28 2008 @ 02:50 PM
When I was a kid, about 35 years ago, my family and I would go out for supper in the evening and always ate at small, locally owned restaurants, our
medicine was from a local pharmacy and our food from a local grocery store. Now the restaurants have been replaced with name brand feed bags, the
pharmacies are now corporate giants and the grocery stores replaced with foreign conglomerates. Why?...that's progress.
After finishing school, I worked for one corporate business and 3 "mom and pop" stores. At the "evil" corporation for full time work I was
"forced" to endure two 15 minute breaks, 30 minutes+ for lunch, my birthday off, several paid personal days off a year as well as paid sick days and
10 days paid vacation and paid healthcare. If I started at 9:00 I had to be there at 9:00 and when I quit at 5:00 I was done at 5:00. At the
independent stores I got, for the same amount of work, 30 minutes for lunch, a birthday day(not on my birthday), unpaid vacation, sick days were not
given and NO health coverage. I had to start a half hour early and leave a half hour later. Currently, I've owned my own business, retail, for over
15 years. I get NO vacation days, NO sick pay, NO personal days, I make less than the minimum wage I got when I first began to work ($3.25hr) and I
can't even think about getting mediocre health care. Even with all this, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
As far as Wal-Mart being evil, I'm curious how anyone can percieve this. Wal-Mart employees are abused and are made to take low pay for demanding
work...SO WHAT!!! If they don't like it, they can quit and get a "real" job at another place. I don't think the managers at Wal-Mart have a gun
pointed at you forcing you to stay. When I was harrassed by my manager at a record store I had worked, I didn't like the situation so I quit.
Somehow, I managed to survive a few days without being employedwhich meant I did without until I worked again. If you don't like shopping the "Evil
Beast" then don't go to Kmart, Costco, Sears(sorry, that's Kmart), CVS, Wegman's, Giant, TGI Friday's, McDonalds, CVS, Rite Aid, Burger King,
Wendy's, Big Lots, Victoria's Secrret, etc. They're all corporations, they all buy and sell goods from foreign countries that employ sweatshops
and prison labor. Hell, America uses its prisoners for labor on all kinds of goods and services. Maybe we should look at all the unnecessary crap we
buy and ask if we really need to spend money on these things.
Things we need we want; things we want we don't need.
Unless Wal-Mart is markedly different from other businesses, I think they give their workers some sort of salary. If the workers don't get paid
enough they can either ask for a raise or quit and find something better. I know...an absurd idea since, after reading this thread, it is apparent
that you WM bashers think that anybody employed at Wal-Mart is a brain dead automaton incapable of self-detemination.
There has been a Wal-Mart in my community for well over 10 years. Yes, we have business that have gone under, but businesses went under before. The
town where I live and work has a thriving business community, a hardware store, health food store, drugstore, clothing store, jewelry store and my
favorite, an art supply store. Businesses come and go, that's the nature of retail. It's easy to blame failure on anything but ourselves.
I DO NOT LIKE Wal-Mart and chastise my wife for shopping there. Is the economic stability of our community failing? Hell, no! Not because of
Wal-Mart and not in spite of it, just because we have an economically viable community. Businesses fail due to many reasons: owner's incompetence,
location, product or just bad luck. Communities fail due to severe economic shifts, major employers fail, or a shift as people move to other
good=employed & stable evil=jobless & homeless