Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wal-Mart Still a Bully

It doesn't matter what claims they make in their commercials. Actions speak louder than words, and Wal-Mart is still a bully.
The company, which earned $2.9 billion last quarter, sued a former employee who suffered permanent brain damage in a car accident to get back $470,000 it spent on her medical bills.
They're not so reformed as their commercials would have you believe.
Deborah Shank, who receives Medicaid, is not the only Wal-Mart employee receiving public health care. More than 60 percent of Wal-Mart employees - 600,000 people - are forced to get health insurance coverage from the government or through spouses' plans or live without any health insurance. Last year, the AFL-CIO released a report showing how Wal-Mart shifts health care costs to consumers and a bunch of studies showing how Wal-Mart profits from taxpayers.
And let's not even get started on how they are the top seller of the toxic toys that are currently sickening our children.

Sometimes low prices do have a high cost. Where are you doing your holiday shopping this year?

UPDATE: Did you notice who carried the story about Wal-Mart going after the brain-damaged employee? It sure as hell wasn't Reuters, which is too busy sucking up to Wal-Mart to be bothered with actual journalism. Props to these guys (along with the Wall Street Journal and LA Times -- apparently they have both featured the story) -- which as of this morning, includes exactly four hits: 1, 2, 3, 4 -- the latter of which carries this gem:
As Wal-Mart touts its new health care plan and launches public relations campaigns to repair its damaged reputation, this story once again exposes the company's poor business practices and total disregard for the health and welfare of its employees.

"Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott's decision to take away the money that Mrs. Shank would use for her medical expenses represents the kind of failure of moral leadership that we have sadly come to expect from him," said David Nassar, Wal-Mart Watch Executive Director. "The Shanks are a hard-working American family - the kind that Lee Scott currently claims Wal-Mart helps to 'save money and live better.' Unfortunately, the Shank family is doing neither."

Wal-Mart Watch will raise funds for the Shank family and tell their story to remind consumers this holiday season that the low costs Wal-Mart provide come with a very high price paid by American families like the Shanks every day.

"Lee Scott will bring home more than $400,000 this week alone," Nassar added.


Chris in Oxford said...

God Wal-Mart sucks. I wrote a post earlier this week about how Reuters basically put a story on their NEWS website about all of Walmart's Christmas deals - check it out if you like: http://www.chrisdellavedova.com/2007/11/26/the-objective-media/

Ever since these ugly warehouses started destroying downtowns throughout the South I've realized that they represented the end of a way of life.

Sorry to rant, but....

The worst thing is that they're trying to make inroads in Europe! They trade under the name Asda in the UK.

alice said...

Oy! Do whatever you can to keep them out! They are a blight on the landscape! We're on second- and even third-generation Wal-Marts here, and the company just abandons the old buildings when they're done with them! They have absolutely no conscience and feel no responsibility to the communities they victimize.

Keera said...

I've been wondering... Do you think Wal-Mart could have kept up this scandalous treatment of both employees and customer safety for so long if real Democrats (I don't mean the wimps who cave in to the Reps) were in charge?

Chris, what about employee rights in the UK? In Norway, Wal-Mart wouldn't have to worry about employee health insurance, and I do think they'd find a way to undercut everybody else, even in wages. Legally. It's sad. 'Course, malls have already killed off many local stores/shopping areas.

I did shop at Wal-Mart during my vacation. My excuse: We had a plumbing problem at 11 pm and only Wal-Mart was open till midnight.

PS: I'm still not being remembered.