Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Confessions of a WalMart Hit Man

According to one of my commentors, criticizing corporations means that I hate capitalism. Let me make myself perfectly clear: I do not hate capitalism. I just think that captitalism needs to have some limits set upon it to protect workers and consumers from being screwed over by these faceless entities whose only concern is maximizing their profits. WalMart is the perfect example of just what is wrong with corporate America, and there is a documentary coming out soon by the same folks who brought us Outfoxed that takes aim at this corporate monster. The makers of that film have just released a 10 minute extended interview with a former WalMart manager who speaks candidly about what it was like...
"We used to drive through towns going 'six months, three months, six months,' of when we'd be closing them."

"I watched so many people go without lunch in the lounges that I stopped eating in the lounges."

"I consider myself the mob boss."

"It's almost like when you leave Wal-Mart you have to be debriefed to know how to be a human being."
So, proponents of unfettered corporate capitalism, I urge you to watch this video and then tell me how this is good for America.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well being a former worker at Wal Mart during years aways at school. The place is a shit hole for people who do not have an education or can't get any other job. Not only do there polocies suck there union busters. They won't let in a unions because then they will have to chatnge. Look at Zellers a canadian company almost bough out by the super power of the world Americans.

I feel bad for smaller companies trying to break even at the end of the month. At the end of my shift if i worked till closing the managers would tell us the profit tht they are making hundreds of thousends od dollars a night in Sarnia.

I say fuck Wal Mart, Fuck Sarnia, And FUCK the americans

10/19/2005 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Hey, no need to bash all Americans. The majority of us don't even realize that there is a problem. Many of us know there's a problem and are actively fighting against it. And then there are some who know what's going on and think that as long as the companies are making money than everything is OK and the workers are just lazy whiners and that unions are just the socialist mafia. We call them republicans and some libertarians. Hate them, not all Americans.

10/19/2005 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Snoop said...

See LT why I can’t take this topic seriously is because the majority of people bitching about Walmart continue to shop there.
If there was truly an uproar and American just said fuck it we won’t set foot in a Walmart the store would crumble in a matter of days.
Its just like people and the chant “NO BLOOD FOR OIL” these people are full of shit.
These bastards will still drive their cars no matter what. It only bullshit guilt that make people rally around these causes. If you have a problem working at Walmart don’t work there. Someone will take the damm job cause they need to get PAID!
Political ranting by liberals won’t pay the bills.

10/20/2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

I have never set foot in a Walmart. Most of the people who I know who are against Walmart don't shop there either. Who are all of these Anti-walmart people who shop there? Where do you get your statistics from?

As for the no blood for oil people who still drive, we live in a society that is fairly dependent on cars. In order to truly live a life free of oil, we would have to live self sufficiently in the woods somewhere in a log cabin. So until we can get less reliant on oil, the idea is to consume LESS of it. You don't see any No Blood for Oil stickers on SUVs for a reason. They're on cars with better fuel economy. I do my part by driving a sensible car but taking public transport and carpooling whenever I can. We don't live in an absolutist world.

10/20/2005 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger BlogGur said...

In a Fortune Magazine story last week, titled "The Only Lifeline Was the Walmart," the reporter, Devin Leonard, wanted us to believe that Walmart was the post-Katrina savior.

But what the story failed to mention was how in storm ravaged Louisiana, just north of New Orleans, Walmart came up with an interesting twist on "helping" the victims of Katrina.

It went something like this:

10/25/2005 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

I can't speak for all small towns, but my small town (19K people) has thrived since Wal-Mart has moved in.

Local schools get hefty donations each year, and very few, if any small businesses suffered or closed as a result of their installation.

Wal-Mart is a welcome addition here, and it has done boat loads more good here than it has done harm.

Several of the quotes by this man in the clip I veiwed, aren't as shocking as he would like them to be, and they don't just happen at Wal-Mart.

"I had people there on welfare working, husbands totally disabled. We're paying them $6.75, $7.75 an hour." - As long as you are not paying them below the government standard "minimum wage", they're within their rights as a private business, to pay their employee's anything they want.

To think that Wal-Mart is a singular evil entity in America is ignorant. I hear people all the time proclaim Wal-Mart to be THE evil corporation as if they're the cause of all evils.

BTW, Wal-Mart DOES, in parts of this country, utilize and accept unions.

10/29/2005 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Ahhh James, I knew I could count on you to come in and defend one of the worst abusers of labor in our country! Thanks for your consistancy. Where do they accept unions? The only WalMart to pass a union vote closed down, and that was in Canada.

Sure, there are plenty of other evil corporations, but WalMart is such the perfect example. They're a huge employer who go out of their way to not pay their workers a living wage or offer any sort of reasonable benefits, which pretty much exemplifies what is wrong with the way that corporations have run amok in the last few decades. Plus, they're the biggest, so if we can take them on and force them to be a better corporate citizen, the smaller ones will follow.

Eh, but I guess I just hate capitalism, right?

11/01/2005 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger James said...

I'm glad I entertain you.

Wal-Mart is around because people spend their money there. Get people to stop spending their money there and they are forced to change... if you think a movie will solve all the problems, then so be it. Farenheight 9/11 didn't derail the re-election of GWB as it was intended, and this movie will not even put a dent into Wal-Mart.

It's a wonder you don't get bored preaching to the choir all the time.

11/04/2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Documentaries don't typically change things on their own, but they help sway public sentiment and rally the troops. I think that the way that Walmart has managed to become such a huge abuser of labor is one of the major flaws of this incarnation of global corporate capitalism of today. Do the average Walmart shoppers out there care about that stuff, let alone even know about it? Probably not. They see low prices and they jump for it.

Why would I get bored preaching to the choir? What bores me is having the same arguments over and over with people where no minds are going to be changed either way. That's an excersize in futility. Is there really anything either of us are going to say to each other that will all of a sudden make us say "hey, I was wrong about the whole way I see things?" I don't see that happening, so what's the point?

11/04/2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

You never know.

I find it far more fruitful to discuss things with people who think differently than I do, on the off chance that something WILL come of it.

Ranting to a pile of people that just turn around and pat me on the back is ridiculously boring.

This documentary will do exactly what F911 did, it will change the mind of a miniscule minority, and enrage those who are already mad. Nothing will change beyond it taking up another spot on the wall at the movie store.

11/07/2005 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

This documentary isn't even out yet and Walmart is already in a full panic mode. Has your mind been changed by anything you've ever read on a blog, or do you just hope to change other people's minds?

11/08/2005 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger James said...

Actually yes, I have read several thing on blogs that have changed my views. I could probably count them on one hand, but it HAS happened.

11/08/2005 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

It's a long shot, but were any of those from this blog?

11/08/2005 12:40:00 PM  

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