Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Morals

I recently rented "the Wal-Mart movie" I blogged about a few months ago. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like Wal-Mart. After seeing this movie I was appalled to see to what extent they will go to monopolize the market, intimidate their employees and rape the economy. It is a definite must-see. If you can't find it at your local video store (I rented it from Hollywood Video), buy a used copy on Half.com for under $10. I'll also be placing a button on the page for anyone who may be interested in purchasing it at a later date. You won't 'get' it until you've actually seen it.

The movie was an eye-opener on a lot of levels. For instance, I had no idea that Wal-Mart was International. I didn't know about the sweatshops in Honduras, China and other countries. I didn't know that Wal-Mart (AKA "ASDA in England) is intent on destroying the historic Queens Market, one of the few surviving East End markets at Upton Park in East London, in order to built a Super Center there.

In addition, here's some more highlights that I found utterly disgusting:


Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott giving an interview, talking about how he allegedly "saved money" by sharing a room with CFO Tom Schoewe while in New York on business (saving an estimated "$200") and how his dinner last night cost "$10."
- Then finding out that he made $27,207,799 last year, while the average Wal-Mart hourly sales employee earns $13,861.

The Walton Family has given Less than 1% of their wealth to charity.
-Bill Gates has given 58%

• A Wal-Mart worker may donate money from their paycheck to the Critical Need Fund, a program to aid other employees in times of crisis, like a fire or tornado.
-In 2004 Wal-Mart Employees gave over 5 million to help fellow workers.
-The Walton Family gave $6000

The Walton Family made 3.2 million in political contributions in 2004

The Walton Family received a federal tax cut of: $91,500.00 per hour in the 2004 tax year

• After the 9/11 attacks, the Walton Family had a bunker built, complete with fortified fencing, a heliport and satellite uplinks.

• Cost of Wal-Mart jet fleet: $125,350,000

• America's richest family. All 5 of the heirs are worth at least 18 billion each.

These crimes occurred in Wal-Mart parking lots all over the United States within the first 7 months of 2005:

• Murder (2)
• Abduction* (2)
• Rape (3)
• Robbery (5)
• Shooting (3)
• Assault with a deadly weapon
• Purse snatching* (12)
• Kidnapping and rape
• Armed robbery* (6)
• Stabbing (2)
• Knifepoint robbery
• Assault with knife
• Assault (7)
• Mugging* (3)
• Theft
• Molestation
• Robbing and kidnapping
• Attempted carjacking (2)
• Drive by shooting
• Attacked in car
• Attempted robbery (2)
• Armed robbery and shooting*
• Carjacking (2)
• Groping
• Sexual assault
• Kidnapping*
• Multiple purse snatching
• Indecent exposure
• Robberies and kidnappings*
• Attempted murder
• Aggravated robbery
• Threatened with gun
• Body dumped

*Numbers in parenthesis constitute how many times this type of incident occurred. Items with asterisks indicate incidents that took place in Texas.


I hope I live to see the day that these Nazis crash and burn.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sara said...

I've tried numerous times in the past to boycott Wal-Mart, but in vain. They've made it near impossible for local businesses to do well, and so many have shut down over the past few years. I'm sick of going there now as there are always 4 out of 15 registers open during rush hour, and people don't seem to know how to "drive" through the aisles. But I have no other options and can't afford the pricier grocery stores, like Sav-a-Center, for instance.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 1:27:00 AM  
Anonymous sheri said...

Wow. Just netflix'd it.

I've been trying to avoid going there, but it's hard. The bastids make everything WAY too convenient (where else can you get an oil change, do all your grocery shopping, browse books, buy shoes, get an eye exam and eat breakfast, all under the same roof, in under two hours?).

Your post makes me think I could probably manage to get all that done elsewhere, though, even if I have to do a little drivin'. The quality of it all would be better as well, I'm sure.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 4:57:00 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

I, too, hate Walmart. I actually worked there for about a month when I was 16. I'd never been around such incompetence in my short life.

I will gladly pay more to shop at Target-- the store is clean, the employees are friendly, and they just have better stuff.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Kirkkitsch said...

Sara-
Oh, I know where you're coming from, and therein lies the rub. Wal-mart is convenient, and if you have no other options, then you really don't have much of a choice. It wouldn't make sense to drive somewhere else, especially with gas prices the way they are. Luckily, I live somewhere that offers multiple place to choose from. And even though everyone acts as if they (Wal-Mart) is the only place with low prices, there are plenty of places here that are just as good. Besides, when you add up what you "saved" then turn around and buy something to "treat" yourself for 'saving some money,' it kinda defeats the whole purpose, ya know? lol! Wal-Mart: impulse-shopping at it's worst!

Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)

Sheri-
Cool! It's really a well-done documentary told from the "everyman's" perspective (i.e. ex Wal-Mart employees ). And the faux Wal-Mart commercials are hilarious!

At the risk of sounding like a "hippie liberal," I can't with a good conscience shop there anymore. Esp. when I know I have other alternatives.

Thanks for commenting! :)

Kris-
I love Target, and even though I do, I know that a lot of the corporate bullshit that goes on at Wal-Mart also goes on at Target, behind the scenes (I have a friend who works there and regails me with stories of the morning "pep rallies." Ugh). However, Target is nowhere near as ruthless as Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart takes the cake.

And you're right, Target does have better stuff. Period. Design, selection, etc. And I dunno about where you live, but the local news did a price comparison of commonly-bought items and Target beat out all the local grocery stores AND Wal-Mart. Take that, scumbags!

Thanks for commenting! :)

Monday, January 16, 2006 12:02:00 AM  

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