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 HarleyKat~
Joined: 3/30/2008
Msg: 351
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Congradulations Wal-Mart. You are now considered to offer a better working enviroment then a pet food factory.


Well, Smart Ass....I was simply sharing such, as it must not be as horrible of an employer in all areas, as some make it out to be! She made about $26 an hour working for Nestle/Purina (pet food AND chocolate! LMAO) in the corporate part of it, not the factory...now she is probably making $8 an hour, but SHE ENJOYS IT. Enough to where she CHOOSES to work there...is not forced...her husband is the chief of police for their town, so it is not like they are hurting for money!
 diamondgirl2727
Joined: 2/25/2008
Msg: 352
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Posted: 8/17/2008 8:45:28 PM
exactly! I dont hear anyone complaining about any other huge well known dept store chains that sell merchandise from these countries, and oh, BTW, sears pays their employess by commision, and thats only when its low priced items, not the big ticket items. My son-in-law worked for them and came home after a 40 week with practically no pay, talk about slave labor!
 Super Ryan
Joined: 9/15/2007
Msg: 353
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Posted: 8/17/2008 8:47:04 PM

now she is probably making $8 an hour, but SHE ENJOYS IT. Enough to where she CHOOSES to work there...is not forced...her husband is the chief of police for their town, so it is not like they are hurting for money!

I think most people would agree Wal-Mart is a fairly stress free enviroment, and very low on the danger scale. But the problem is the pay, benefits, and hours. Your friend is lucky, as you have stated she does not need to work, and her husband probably gets all the benefits the family needs. But what if she were single, would she stay for the easy $8/h?
Wal-Mart is famous for low wages, no benefits, and less then 35 hours a week.
But my biggest beef with Wal-Mart is their anti-union attitude. Any time a store goes union, they shut it down. In Canada that is actually a crime. Unfortunately Wal-Mart always comes up with some excuse why the need to shut down the store, and then a month later a new store down the street opens up. Add to that thier ability to use their massive size to destroy any one who attempts to compete with them. And you have a company that exemplifies what's wrong with capitalism.
Microsoft get broken up, but Wal-Mart ,the worlds largest company, is allowed to chug on.
Wal-Mart needs to be broken up, so others can fairly compete. It's easy, make one half retail, and the other half distribution. But allow others access to the distribution.
Then people can compete, and we don't have to worry about all retail going to a Wal-Mart monopoly.
 blakeman1973
Joined: 8/11/2008
Msg: 354
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Posted: 8/17/2008 8:53:49 PM
Well i live in a small town and buy groceries there quiet often.There are two other fly by night grocery stores nearby that on average charge between 5 and 9% more on thier groceries.With all these gas companies scewing us out of our money, why keep getting screwed by more expensive grocery stores.And not only that but the other department stores dont even come close on the selection of clothes and electronics.I dont like fighting the crowds or the overseas child labor going into thier products.But why deprive myself shopping somewhere else and besides where else can you go get a oil and tire change,a hair cut,grocery shopping and even buy your clothes and jewlery all in one store?Bottom line is if you dont like Walmart ,common sense says shop somewhere else.If you do then thats obvious.But dont waste your time bashing Walmart, it wont work.Just go pay your extra 8% everywhere else and keep getting screwed by the competition.
 NeapTide
Joined: 6/18/2008
Msg: 355
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Posted: 8/17/2008 9:17:43 PM
keep getting screwed by the competition.
- Actually, it is Wal-Mart who is doing the "screwing" and people who don't look at the big picture are willing accomplices to its dirty acts.

Patronizing a store that devalues its employees, the environment and the local community is giving tacit APPROVAL of that behavior. You may save a few pennies today, but your children will pay a tremendous price. Wal-Mart is the wealthiest of the offenders so it is appropriate to target them and call attention to their faults. If we do not hold the wealthiest of corporations accountable, how can we expect the other corporations to do otherwise?

I am lucky, we have a wonderful chain of LOCAL grocery stores in my area - they are family owned, have been in business for years in this area, support the local producers, participate in the local community, pay decent wages, offer great benefits and have absolutely wonderful produce. I have no need for Wal-Mart and its "lowest" prices. As I have said many times in this thread - you get what you pay for.

Wal-Mart may be fun to work at if you are a college student or you have a second income to count on, but you cannot feed a family on the wages Wal-Mart pays nor can you get the medical coverage you need. Check out Wal-Mart's own website and see for yourself. They admit that "More than 92 percent of our associates have health insurance today — either through us or through other coverage."

In case you don't get the significance of the last part of that sentence - Wal-Mart ISN'T saying that 92% of its employees are covered by ITS health care plan - just that 92% are covered by SOME SORT of plan - it could be the spouse's plan, it could be the parent's plan, it could be the state or federal plans - which we the taxpayers pay for - so when you shop at Wal-Mart, you are paying for the employee's health care. Are you okay with that?

And that is just the tip of the iceberg - when you look at what Wal-Marts do to the environment and to local businesses, I don't know how anyone could think that spending your hard-earned money at Wal-Mart is a good thing just because you saved a few cents. Again, Wal-Mart can out-bid the local stores and drop their prices lower because it is so big and it can absorb the loss. Little local businesses cannot compete with Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart does not deserve my money and while it may not keep them awake at night, I am happy not to contribute to such a mega-monster.
 tolove69
Joined: 4/1/2006
Msg: 356
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Posted: 8/17/2008 9:31:51 PM
I worked a wally - mart yes they Suck, the store mananger received a bonus of $125,000 for his Christmas bonus while I received $125 for my bonus no good insurance
you guys really suck Wally -Mart
 HarleyKat~
Joined: 3/30/2008
Msg: 357
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Posted: 8/17/2008 10:00:36 PM
Wow...I know two people who were managers at Walmart...store managers, not department....and they NEVER made anything such as a $125,000 bonus!! LMAO

In fact, one left to work at Blockbuster...where he made about $65K a year.
 NeapTide
Joined: 6/18/2008
Msg: 358
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Posted: 8/17/2008 10:35:01 PM
I dont hear anyone complaining about any other huge well known dept store chains.
I know that Wal-Mart is not the only offender but it's annual PROFITS (not earnings, but PROFITS) are 12 billion (!!) dollars while stores like K-Mart and Sears are struggling in bankruptcy court. Wal-Mart is the WEALTHIEST corporation in our country - they should be held accountable.

HEALTH CARE: Why do we allow them to use our federal and state public assistance to subsidize THEIR health care? They have 12 billion dollars in profit - I think they could offer a decent health care plan, don't you? Again, if we do not send a signal to the wealthiest corporation that we care more about our environment, our local communities and our neighbors than we do about saving money, then what incentive do any of these other stores, Sears for example, have to change their ways?

ENVIRONMENT: I still don't think many understand that Wal-Marts are the BIGGEST mega-box general merchandiser stores to come along - the footprint for their stores is HUGE - it creates massive amounts of impervious surfaces (roofs, parking lots) and generates significant pollution (especially the ones with the Tire and Lube shops).

LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Take a look around your neighborhoods if you have a Wal-Mart in your area - have you had a grocery store go under and close? Chances are that is a direct result of the impact of the Wal-Mart - now, some might say, so what? Let competition set the mark - Okay, so now that you have that grocery store closed down, what can go in there? Any sensible grocery store company is not going to be interested in a store that was closed down by a Wal-Mart - so what happens next - most grocery stores have a distinctive look and unless some expensive remodeling is undertaken (again few general merchandisers will invest in a store that was shut down by a Wal-Mart), the store stays empty and becomes an urban blight, or it runs through a series of unsuccessful and sub-par stores until - TA DA - the store stays empty and you have urban blight.

And, please know, I understand that there are many impoverished people out there who have little else to turn to than Wal-Mart. I do not begrudge you for that choice - I am a single parent and make less than 30k, I know that it is hard to get by if you have a big family. I am talking to those "clever" folks out there who think they are getting a great deal and do not understand what they really are buying and that their actions do not exist in a vacuum. Our choices impact the world and we should make healthy choices whenever possible.
 Written by Hank
Joined: 3/8/2008
Msg: 359
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Posted: 8/17/2008 10:57:30 PM
besides where else can you go get a oil and tire change,a hair cut,grocery shopping and even buy your clothes and jewlery


At one time, there was such a thing as the local auto mechanic who owned his own gas station. Now, of course, service stations have been turned into corporate owned convenience stores with gas pumps. For hair cuts, guys went to the local barber while the ladies went to the locally owned hair salon. There were no corporate owned chain salons where you are rushed through in five minutes, told you look great because the guy in the poster hanging on the wall has the same poor style so it must be good. You bought your food at the IGA (independent grocer - that means it was owned by an individual and not a corporation) where you got fresh local food. You bought your clothes at a local Main Street department store (and no, you didn't care what brand your pants were. Jeans were jeans. If you lived in the US, the jeans were made in the US and didn't come apart after a month of use). And your jewelry you bought from the local jeweler or perhaps the main street five and dine.

Now, if any of the people that owned these types of places were alive and working today, they would be working for substandard wages at the very same Wal Mart that drove them all out of business.

For a lot of people, this is okay - as long as there is a ready supply of cheap plastic crap available for them at the local Wal Mart.
 Damon0028
Joined: 7/8/2008
Msg: 360
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Posted: 8/17/2008 11:08:22 PM
Ryan and Blake, I like you guy's style of fronting a good argument while not being a jackass like some others have been here. You two provoke good dialogue, which is the lifeblood of a good forum... The skilled agreement to disagree is rare. Both of you raise good eyebrows... (Can ya lick 'em? Lol, JK....)

Neap, you know I'm shakin' pom-poms for your side, even if the colors suck... And, Kat? Keep the damn baffles out of the pipes forever. You two articulate yourselves so well, especially when the gender thing enters the arena, and the REAL issue gets clouded by gonadic spew... Ya'll are respectable women who seem to be aware of the male perception of "hysteria" and have adapted adequately so as to mute the neanderthals among us weiner-swingin' wankers, and still support the point. Ya'll should be on the "Excellent Catch" board...

Finally.... Jip! For all the shee-it I've given you- I admire your tenacity, and you've made a couple of posts that conveyed your point, but were mellowed a bit in comparison to some of your previous posts. No doubt, you ARE extremely articulate and intelligent, and, if I ripped your arse earlier, it's because I recognized those gifts in you. If you were any other "young buck" with a brain-full of his own arse, I wouldn't give you the time of day. I realize you are a little younger than some of us hashing this out, but I can also see that, as you grow- It's likely when your hair becomes gray, that you will have evolved into a well-spoken diplomat, a statesman for your well organized point. Have compassion for different points of view, and take that sharp, articulate point of view YOU have, learn to control it and direct it, and be a vernacular super-star. You definitely have the potential. Just keep taking good advice from the older elephants in the herd. Know that while you have chapped my arse once or twice, I tossed it back at you because I'm old enough to see your potential. Being a little older ain't bad, but we'uns had to age in order to understand the benefits. Just like a juvenile elephant learns to control and finesse the movements of it's trunk, so do we learn to manage our brains, tongues, and penises. Age ain't a bad thing, dude...

I may be an ***hole, but I'm not an unfair or unforgiving one.

Wal-Mart STILL sux, and is EVIL...

-damoN-
 Jiperly
Joined: 8/30/2006
Msg: 361
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Posted: 8/18/2008 7:11:34 AM
>>>while stores like K-Mart and Sears are struggling in bankruptcy court.

Ever think their business practices are to blame? Why are you demanding Walmart follow the example of failing businesses?

>>>Why do we allow them to use our federal and state public assistance to subsidize THEIR health care?

Isn't that more of an argument against federal and state healthcare?

>>>then what incentive do any of these other stores, Sears for example, have to change their ways?

So you wish, in the name of justice, to make an example of Walmart- ironically though, making an example of anyone over anything is a gross abuse and direct contradiction of justice itself.

>>>I still don't think many understand that Wal-Marts are the BIGGEST mega-box general merchandiser stores to come along - the footprint for their stores is HUGE

Well,you mentioned above that that companies like Kmart and Sears are going bankrupt- wouldn't they be a greater polluter? Who is worse- someone who builds a big box company and succeeds, creating new traffic and revenue in the area? Or someone who fails, leaving a giant empty parking lots and 'urban blight'?

>>>now, some might say, so what? Let competition set the mark....the store stays empty and becomes an urban blight, or it runs through a series of unsuccessful and sub-par stores

Once again, if you're going to argue socialism, don't play games- if you believe that competition is inheritly flawed, then argue that- don't hint that competition is something that shouldn't be desired, and its Walmarts fault businesses are failing because people would rather pay lower prices. Competition existed before Walmart, as did failing businesses- our ancestors could handle this- why can't we?

>>>At one time....

Don't express your hang ups about the times be a changing to Walmart- you can still do things your way- hell, being a baby boomer, you ARE the majority. Don't blame Walmart for people change in shopping habits- they chose it themselves,and are free to change at any time.
 NeapTide
Joined: 6/18/2008
Msg: 362
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Posted: 8/18/2008 8:53:47 AM
Why are you demanding Walmart follow the example of failing businesses

To imply that the only way Wal-Mart can rectify it's practices is to follow the example of the failing business is silly. Many competent corporations care for their employees and they are not failing - there are many business models that include happy and healthy employees - why isn't Wal-Mart following one of those models?



So you wish, in the name of justice, to make an example of Walmart
If Car A can get to a destination faster by doing 90 mph than Car B doing the speed limit, should Car A be rewarded? When the cops give Car A a speeding ticket, are they making an example of it? Yes. Otherwise, everyone will be zipping around, right? Is there a reason for the attending fine? Yes. It may make Car A think twice before it puts everyone around it at risk for driving so recklessly.



Isn't that more of an argument against federal and state healthcare?

No. Public health care is intended for the impoverished who cannot get medical benefits either because they are UNEMPLOYED or because the employer CANNOT AFFORD to provide health care for their employees. Wal-Mart makes 12 BILLION dollars in PROFITS - please explain to me how it falls into either category? In this capacity, Wal-Mart is a predator who is twisting U.S. employment practices to benefit its own profits. It needs to be exposed so that it will change its ways because - as I have said over and over - if Wal-Mart can get away with this bullying, what incentive do the other corporations have to behave otherwise?



creating new traffic

Proves my point - Wal-Mart generates tremendous amounts of car traffic. When is the last time you saw a shopper walking home from Wal-Mart? Urban blight is EVERYONE's problem. Wal-Mart stores excellerate that process.


they chose it themselves,and are free to change at any time.
How true! And the more people are made aware of what negative impacts come with a Wal-Mart, the more they will stop patronizing it. I have faith in the human spirit. Maybe some folks are a little slow to see the impacts but as urban blight rises, environments collapse and the standard of living drops, I think they will get the picture and let Wal-Mart implode into itself.

Just what the heck will we do with all those GIGANTIC BIG BOX buildings once Wal-Mart is gone? Any suggestions, folks?
 oddandy
Joined: 3/5/2008
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Posted: 8/18/2008 9:55:50 AM
Why do I never see a Wal Mart suffering from a shortage of employees? And why have I seen many of the same faces at my local Wal Marts (plural) for several years?
 Written by Hank
Joined: 3/8/2008
Msg: 364
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Posted: 8/18/2008 10:10:02 AM
>>>At one time....

Don't express your hang ups about the times be a changing to Walmart- you can still do things your way- hell, being a baby boomer, you ARE the majority. Don't blame Walmart for people change in shopping habits- they chose it themselves,and are free to change at any time.


People's changing shopping habits was the point of my post:


For a lot of people, this is okay - as long as there is a ready supply of cheap plastic crap available for them at the local Wal Mart.


Also:

I don't shop at Wal-Mart as evident by the fact that I didn't know there was suppose to be a hyphen in the name. I don't shop at any company that lines their pockets off the blood and sweat of their abused and appallingly poorly paid employees. I inquire about the wages a company pays, everywhere I do business. Also, I chose a locally owned company over some corporate non-entity every time. It is a shame others do not do the same.

The mind-set of people needs to change. People need to understand that they are not indebted to nor need to offer their thank to the company they work for simply because the business has a job available. It's the other way around: the company is indebted to them for being willing to provide their labor and time.
 NeapTide
Joined: 6/18/2008
Msg: 365
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Posted: 8/18/2008 10:31:25 AM

Why do I never see a Wal Mart suffering from a shortage of employees? And why have I seen many of the same faces at my local Wal Marts (plural) for several years?
Maybe it's the soma (ala Brave New World) they put in the water coolers...
 V4Vivacious
Joined: 9/24/2007
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Posted: 8/18/2008 11:12:59 AM
You are right, Wal-mart sux!
I stay out of the parking lot as much as I can. Kroger, K-Mart and other stores see more of my dollars than does Wal-Mart.

My beef with Wal-Mart is not only that they do business with China on a GRAND scale, they also change, and not in a good way, the landscape of small town America. They run Mom and Pop businesses out of town, businesses that have supplied communities with goods that are specific to the atmosphere of said communities, items that Wally World does not carry. I would love to be able to walk back into a hardware store in my town to purchase a rubber ring or a pressure valve for my pressure canner, but there are none, Wal-mart drove them out of business.

The company that I work for landed a contract with Wal-Mart a few years ago. I managed that account and was shocked at how they do business. They manipulate their vendors so that they get the desired outcome they are seeking. Bid periods to contracts are not observed, they have been known not to honor contracts and their bid process is a quagmire.

I knew of one business, a Mom and Pop manufacturer who got a contract with Wal-Mart making a specialty product. Wally world asked them to ramp up operations to produce X number of their product. Company spends lots of money to come online with the giant only to be told they would then have to lower the quality of their product, which they do... Wal-Mart buys from this company for a 2 year period of time, then leaves them high and dry with business loans out the ying-yang and they go under.

They did likewise with our company, however we were able to handle the burden of their demands w/o injury; we were able to diversify.

LAst but not least...read the follwing from Wal-Street Journal about what Wal-Mart was able and did to one of it's former employees...

Tragic!

Employers grab accident victims' cash


Wal-Mart's health plan sued an ex-worker, brain-damaged in a crash, to collect money from a settlement she'd received. It's part of a trend in which companies aggressively try to recoup insurance costs.


By The Wall Street Journal
A collision with a tractor-trailer seven years ago left 52-year-old Deborah Shank permanently brain-damaged and in a wheelchair. Her husband, Jim, and three sons found a small source of solace: a $700,000 accident settlement from the trucking company involved.

After legal fees and other expenses, the remaining $417,000 was put in a special trust. It was to be used for Deborah Shank's care.

Instead, all of it is now slated to go to Deborah's former employer, Wal-Mart Stores.

Two years ago, the retail giant's health plan sued the Shanks for the $470,000 it had spent on her medical care. A federal judge ruled last year in Wal-Mart's favor, backed by an appeals-court decision in August. Now, Deborah's family has to rely on Medicaid and her Social Security payments to keep up her round-the-clock care.

"I don't understand why they need to do this," says Jim Shank on a recent visit to the nursing home, between shifts as a maintenance worker and running a tanning salon. "This girl needs the money more than they do."

Deborah, who needs help with eating and other basic tasks, has spent more time alone since Jim had to let her private caregiver go. At some point, he says, she may have to be moved from a private to a semiprivate room in the nursing home where she lives.

The reason is a clause in Wal-Mart's health plan that Deborah Shank didn't notice when she started stocking shelves at a nearby store eight years ago. Like most company health plans, Wal-Mart's reserves the right to recoup the medical expenses it paid for someone's treatment if the person also collects damages in an injury suit.

Two years ago, Wal-Mart's health plan sued Deborah and Jim Shank for the $470,000 it had spent on her medical care.

Going after the money
Until recently, many employers didn't vigilantly enforce the provision, and some states and federal courts didn't think the claim held water. But as the cost of covering workers continues to escalate, employers and health plans are getting more aggressive about going after the money. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year also has given them a clearer legal map to suing employees and winning.

In insurance circles, the recovery practice is called "subrogation." Employers and insurers say it's necessary to ensure that medical expenses aren't paid twice. By recovering those costs from someone who's been compensated elsewhere, they argue, they're saving money for everyone on the plan.

Sharon Weber, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, declined to discuss the details of the Shanks' case, but she said the company was obliged to act in the interest of the health benefits of its employees as a whole. "While the case involves a tragic situation, our responsibility is to follow the provisions of the (company health) plan which governs the health benefits of our associates," she said.

"Employers are trying to make sure these plans run as efficiently as possible," says Jay Kirschbaum, a senior vice president at global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings. "They also have a fiduciary duty to the plan and the entire group of employees that are covered by it."

The recovery practice
Already, the recovery practice is one of the variables that plaintiffs lawyers are considering as they decide whether it's in their clients' interests to participate in the $5 billion offered by Merck to settle lawsuits over its painkiller Vioxx.

Health plans recovered sizable amounts for medical expenses from other big product-liability settlements, such as for the "fen-phen" diet-drug combination and Sulzer Orthopedics' hip implants. Many insurers and the employer plans they administer are expected to pursue a piece of the Vioxx settlement.

In cases such as the Shanks', in which injuries and medical costs are catastrophic, accident victims sometimes can be left with little or none of the money they fought for in court. Health plans increasingly are adopting language such as Wal-Mart's, which dictates that it is to be paid first out of any settlement, regardless of what remains for the injured person. Moreover, the victim is responsible for all legal costs in pursuing the suit.

"It's especially in the catastrophic cases that people are almost never fully compensated," says Roger Baron, a professor of law at the University of South Dakota and a specialist in health-plan law. "And then their health plan, that's been collecting premiums from them all this time, wants to take it away?"

Tempting savings
Such recoveries represent a tempting savings for insurers, employers and union-administered plans. The American Benefits Council and America's Health Insurance Plans, a health-insurer lobby, estimate health plans recoup about $1 billion a year in medical claims from accident settlements and other third parties. A cottage industry of auditing firms, benefit-recovery specialists and subrogation lawyers help them. They estimate that 1% to 3% of health-care spending is potentially recoverable from such claims.

"In the past, employers used to think of this as an afterthought," says Tom Lawrence, the chief executive of Benefit Recovery, a Memphis, Tenn., company whose clients include Southwest Airlines and hospital chain HCA.
 NeapTide
Joined: 6/18/2008
Msg: 367
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Posted: 8/18/2008 11:41:23 AM
That is a very tragic story. I don't know what sort of legal representation they had for the settlement of the personal injury lawsuit, but any good lawyer knows to calculate any subrogation claims into the lump sum when asking for an award and usually those are paid upon receipt of the award as part of the awards judgment. Maybe they were representing themselves? Anyhow, someone, somewhere, dropped the ball.
 slysterling
Joined: 1/9/2007
Msg: 368
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:07:24 PM

That is a very tragic story. I don't know what sort of legal representation they had for the settlement of the personal injury lawsuit...Anyhow, someone, somewhere, dropped the ball.

That case was kicked around on here back in the spring.

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Brain-damaged woman at center of Wal-Mart suit......Waltons WIN

http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts9616471.aspx

post 62 gives you the conclusion to the story:
Wal-Mart finally settled and did the right thing

and post 67:
Wal-Mart did give in to them. They dont have to pay any money back. Wal-Mart even apologized.
 V4Vivacious
Joined: 9/24/2007
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:16:47 PM
Thanks Slysterling... I was not aware that I was being redundant in posting a story that's already been mentioned. Nor was I aware of the fact that Wal-Mart did the "right" thing. Thanks for correcting my ignorance.
 oddandy
Joined: 3/5/2008
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:24:16 PM


Why do I never see a Wal Mart suffering from a shortage of employees? And why have I seen many of the same faces at my local Wal Marts (plural) for several years?


Maybe it's the soma (ala Brave New World) they put in the water coolers...


Could be. I have been campaigning to get Xanax added to our office water supply, but no luck so far, despite overwhelming evidence that everyone in the office performs better under it's benevolent guidance.
 txmary18
Joined: 3/3/2007
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:28:21 PM
walmart sux and it stinks ahahaaaaaa
 Maccalus
Joined: 5/15/2008
Msg: 372
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:31:39 PM

Why do I never see a Wal Mart suffering from a shortage of employees? And why have I seen many of the same faces at my local Wal Marts (plural) for several years?


Wal Mart is able to keep employees in an average or slumping economy, but in a hot economy such as Calgary, Alberta their employee situation is laughable. The one that my friend worked at for a summer was especially bad. The shortage got to the point that it did not have a single housewares employee or supervisor for that department. The home and garden department where my friend worked was running at about 50% capacity and it was questionable if that 50% would show up for work. In a months time frame 3/4 of the managers of the store quit. To top it all off, the company decided to raise the starting wage for cashiers to try to attract more to $12 dollars an hour (fairly average starting wage for Calgary for that line of work) and did not raise the currents employees wages to match that wage if they were below. They told them they would have to quit and reapply if they wanted that wage. This caused the majority of cashiers to quit and temporary employees had to be brought in from a nearby town until more could be hired.

What that wal mart was experiencing was that it could not retain a employee base beside the high school students. The bored housewifes or other more responsible and available employees went to other stores to work where they could get benefits or more pay. For example the real Canadian Superstore across the street from this wal mart was offering a dental plan, prescription drug plan, eye care, small amount of life insurance, and a pension plan with a $11.40 hour starting wage for their cashiers at that time. A minimum of 10 hours a week was required to get those benefits. Wal mart had none of these benefits. That superstore had no problems finding employees and its prices were either comparable or cheaper than the wal mart. It also was a busier store than the wal mart.

Overall what I am saying is wal mart does well in times when the economy is slumping. It has major problems when the economy is booming though.
 nefarious101
Joined: 7/25/2007
Msg: 373
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:32:50 PM
Wal-Mart has an excellent business plan and provides great value for the masses. I recommend everyone go in and check the value for themselves. I wish them well! On the otherhand anyone not wishing to do business with Wal-Mart has that right...but I will continue to shop there when I need to.
 Super Ryan
Joined: 9/15/2007
Msg: 374
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Posted: 8/18/2008 12:41:28 PM
Wal-Mart only did the right thing after CNN did a story. The only reason Wal-Mart dropped the judgement was out of fear of bad press. If this family did not contact the media, Wal-Mart would have bankrupted them.
Not only does this story show a problem with corporate greed, it also shows the major problem with lawyers charging outrageous fees in civil court. Out of a $700,000 settlement, fees were $283,000, thats 40.5%.
It's also more evidence that universal healthcare is a major benefit to society. In Canada if someone is in a car accident, you only get paid for pain and suffering, and a few minor expenses plus legal fees. We never sue for medical bills, since no one pays their own medical bills. We don't have major problems with the courts over run with frivolous law suits.
 Maccalus
Joined: 5/15/2008
Msg: 375
Wally-Mart SUX
Posted: 8/18/2008 12:44:52 PM

Wal-Mart has an excellent business plan and provides great value for the masses.


Wal-Mart does have an excellent business plan, their success has proved that. I choose to not shop thier, not because of their anti-union bias, but because I find their quality to be poor, lines long, and service terrible. I can also get the same item for the same price at another store in less time. My time is valuable to me. That is my experience from my local Wal marts. Yours may be different.
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