August 2, 2006

I Hate Walmart

Really. I do. I absolutely refuse to shop there. I could link a million articles to defend my position, but I'm not going to bother. It is a pox on not only the nation, but the world.

Coming to your hometown, sooner rather than later, a store that supports lousy wages, no benefits, a multitude of part-time positions to avoid both better wages and benefits, and a draconian policy of destroying their suppliers if they don't bow down to their bankruptcy-inducing demands.

A destroyer cloaked as a savior - proof that we're never gonna learn. Apparently, Germany has learned, and Walmart has pulled out. Accepted defeat, taken its bat and gone home.

I have a certain quantity of Kraut blood coursing through my veins, and I would love to trumpet how that attests to an intelligence as indicated by the Walmart decision. History, of course, stops me from doing that. In general, the German people are not a warm and fuzzy lot, and many of their decisions have been historically pretty self-serving, and not particularly helpful to the rest of the world. And contrary to Mel Gibson's drunken diatribe (and I suspect his privately sober ones) there is a blight on this nation that will never be removed. While I may not feel responsible for what my possible ancestors did, I still feel a responsibility to own up to what they did.

But I do love that they kicked this Trojan horse to the curb.

I hate the greeters; I hate the grungy stores; I hate the endless miles of aisles that confuse me and haul me deeper into a chasm of crap that nobody actually needs. I refuse to enrich an enterprise that impoverishes its workers. Retail is a tough enough gig (I put in over ten years) without decent wages, decent hours, decent benefits and respect.

Sometimes when the price is the so low, the cost is just too high.


Blogger Rainypete said...

But this is North America. You don't have to do it right, you just have to cut a discount. The creed of many a modern retailer seems to be that the customer may always be right, but a discount will allow you treat them like cattle.

Liek the old Clerks tagline says
Just because they serve you doesn't mean they like you.

August 03, 2006 10:27 AM  

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