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August 25th, 2012


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03:25 pm
I got home late from the hospital, last night, and so I sat down to write another essay, posted last night, for the World Music class. Then, when forestcats got home, I put on the documentary, WalMart: The High Cost of Low Prices (I think I got that right), which got me angry. It's behavior like that by major corporations that led us in the US to the brink of national bankruptcy. I know that the film is markedly biased against WalMart, but I'm not sure that there's much defense for some of the policies that are reviewed in the film.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 25th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Frankly Liberalism and the Democrat mentality (?) has resulted in the current condition in this great country.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 26th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
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Too frightened to identify yourself?
From:dewline
Date:August 25th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I saw that documentary. As well as a few 60 Minutes items on Wal-Mart behaviour aired on CBS TV prior to that. The makers of the documentary may well be biased, but I'm not convinced that they're wrong to hold that bias any more than you are.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 26th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
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I'm sure that there's bias; they showed recurring clips of the CEO refuting what they then showed onscreen. It's not exactly even-handed, but then again WalMart doesnt' act even-handed in their behavior either.
From:dewline
Date:August 26th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
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I remember when they moved out of one local shopping mall. They arranged things such that the mall couldn't legally fill the empty space that Wal-Mart used to occupy for half a year. It did not go well for the remaining tenants for a while afterwards.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 26th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
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The documentary does mention WalMart's habits in this way, and that there's hundreds of thousands of square feet of empty WalMart buildings nationwide.
From:moria923
Date:August 25th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Is that film available online? Is it free, or do you have to pay for it? I've been curious as to how bad Wal-Mart really is: I've heard they treat their workers pretty poorly, but I know they also do provide necessities at low prices, and many people need that. A few years ago, when one of the major supermarkets was in negotiation with its workers, we heard that some of those workers did their own shopping at Wal-Mart.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 26th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
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I streamed it on Netflix, which suggests it isn't exactly free; you'll have to hunt yourself to see if there's any free versions.

The documentary states in great detail that WalMart treats its associates, as well as the workers from its suppliers, very poorly.
From:dewline
Date:August 26th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
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And in so doing, creates a drain on the finances of several American states via the social programs those employees consequently have to make use of.
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