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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 3:46 PM


This was emailed to me by another Sploofuser........

Last line might be a solution to our problem...........


1. At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day.

2 .This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest private employer. And most can't speak English

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the World.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 1 5 years.

8. During this same period, 31 Supermarket chains sought bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).

9. Wal-Mart now sell more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super-Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.

11. This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart

13. Let Wal- Mart bail out Wall Street ...........

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 6:15 PM

Funny Funny Funny Bev....thank you
That's AMAZING that they've progressed
so far, so fast....

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:06 PM

Congress / all politicians should be forced to take a week and sit down and let Walmart owners/Execs teach them how to run the government successfully. It certainly couldn't hurt.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:14 PM

A recent study by researchers at UC Berkeley's Labor Center :

The study found that Wal-Mart drives down wages in urban areas, with an annual loss of at least $4.7 billion dollars in earnings for retail workers.

Reliance by Wal-Mart workers on public assistance programs in California comes at a cost to taxpayers of an estimated $86 million annually; this is comprised of $32 million in health related expenses and $54 million in other assistance."

In 2000, "Wal-Mart paid $50 million to settle a class-action suit that asserted that 69,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees in Colorado had worked off the clock."

Wal-Mart is paying eleven million dollars to settle Federal allegations it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.

2001: EPA orders WAL-MART to pay $1.0 MILLION fine for Clean Water Violations in: TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND MASSACHUSETTS

2004: WAL-MART fined $3.1 MILLION by EPA, the largest ever for a retailer, for Clean Water Act violations in TEXAS, COLORADO, CALIFORNIA, DELAWARE, MICHIGAN, SOUTH DAKOTA, NEW JERSEY, TENNESSEE and UTAH

2005: Connecticut EPA orders WAL-MART to pay $1.15 MILLION for Clean Water Act violations in 22 stores

The WALTON FAMILY Has Given LESS THAN 1% of Their Wealth to Charity
Bill Gates has given 58%

In 2004, WAL-MART Employees gave OVER $5 MILLION to help fellow workers
The Walton Family gave $6,000

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:16 PM

So you're saying the government already does know how to run business like Walmart?

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:35 PM

Jank: I must disagree with your insight.

Sargon just helped explain why Wal Mart is so profitable.
They exploit workers; evade laws; cutthroat competition when possible; accept government subsidies readily and who knows how much they "entice" local community officials to let them come in via zoning exceptions that eventually wipe out many small local businesses. They don't come close to the Target corporation as a community supporter of charitable giving.

The Walton children have inherited their wealth. The father, Sam, was shrewd ; visionary and worked hard to be successful.
But he's gone.
The corporate leaders in charge know what political clout means. Don't think of them as good models for how our government should operate. They oppose a lot of policies that may help Americans recover the "dream.'

If anyone wants to visit a website about their corporate practices, contact me for the address. You may think again about their " low prices" as a big enticement to shop there.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:58 PM

Me, not laughing.

I haven't shopped Wal-Mart since at least 2000.

Below are the incomplete lyrics to Wall-Martt Polka by The Kabalas.
I grabbed these off the internet, but they're missing one of my
favorite: "I don't want her you can have cuz she shops at Wall-Martt"
(spelling intentional to avoid litigation).

Al: You'd like these folks -- punk polka al la Weird Al Y. And I think the
lead singer may be from Pennsylvania.

All our towns are building strip malls by the score.
We're welcoming the restaurant chains and the corporate stores.
They say that they will help our towns and bring us decent jobs.
But when the smoke has cleared we see that we were robbed.

CHORUS: So don't you don't you don't you don't you don't you shop at Wall Martt.
Can't you see oh what they do they're driving out the small marts.
Local business local profits that's what makes us all smart.
It's not worth the lousy service.
Why don't you do your part?

My home town was famous for Italian restaurants.
The mom and pop eateries and the luscious food they'd flaunt.
Now the restaurant chains have become the local haunts.
They're serving up the bland and this is what you want?


Once upon a time even you could make a living.
Raise a little family and celebrate Thanksgiving.
You pinch a couple pennies at this store that is the rage.
And pretty soon we'll all be working for minimum wage.


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 10:00 PM

hear hear!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.2 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 10:44 PM

Proud to be a Wal-Mart Boycotter.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 11:48 PM

I have never stepped foot in a Wal-Mart and never will.

Snookerballs  (Level: 37.9 - Posts: 35)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 6:23 AM

My wife and I shop at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club quite a bit. All of the stuff mentioned doesn't bother me at all, after all Blagojevich is my governor. The thing I find real scary is some of the people who shop there. There are professional shoplifting rings that hit our local stores and police chases are very common, Wal-Mart is #1. The other thing that bothers me about some of their customers is their personal hygiene. BTW has anyone here ever changed a baby's diaper in a Wal-Mart men's room ??

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 9:11 AM

I shop at Walmart because I am POOR! I am sorry, but when the same can of soup is $1.59 at Wally-world and $2.29 across the street, Walmart wins. I wish I had the luxory of principle but for me, at this point in my life, if I can get the same items for much cheaper, thats what I have to do. And at least at our Walmart, the majority of products are dramatically lower than the chain across the street and at other grocery stores. Coffee is $2.00 cheaper, a box of freeze pops is $3.98 at Walmart, same exact thing is $5.98. I will say that the local Walmart is clean, tidy and the service is great -- I have been to many Walmarts that are not.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Tue, 16th Dec '08 9:23 AM

I understand why people shop at Wal-Mart. But after
seeing what happened to my wife's hometown I just
can't make myself walk in the door.

She's from a smallish Iowa town that into the 80s had
a decent downtown business district, three grocery
stores, a K-Mart, a Sernett's, family-owned shoe
stores and sporting goods store, two shoe stores,
two hardware stores and one of the last Woolworths.

Within five years of Wal-Mart coming to town the
downtown district was dead. The family owned
businesses closed. Wal-Mart drove them all out of
business, and once K-Mart closed prices went up.

The grocery stores held on the longest, but now
my in-laws have a choice of Wal-Mart or drive
an hour and a half to Des Moines or Omaha. The town
itself is dying as kids move away first chance they

Yeah, that's capitalism. Unfortunately, it hits some
towns harder than others.

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