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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large, discount department stores. It is the world's largest public corporation by revenue, according to the 2008 Fortune Global 500. Founded by Sam Walton in 1962, it was incorporated on October 31, 1969, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. It is the largest private employer in the world and the third-largest utility or commercial employer, trailing the British National Health Service, and the Indian Railways. Wal-Mart is the largest grocery retailer in the United States, with an estimated 20% of the retail grocery and consumables business. It also owns and operates the North American company, Sam's Club.

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1 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Indian burial grounds A store was built over them, a la Poltergeist!
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4 Construction by Mexican ruins Why let ancient history hinder its growth?
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5 New Logo old one is better
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6 Cheap chinese crap Is anything in this store made in America?
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7 Lazy, low-life workers Can't you try to be civil?
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8 They're everywhere Downtown becomes a ghost town
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9 April 5th 1992 Death of Sam Walton
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10 Constantly moving stock You can never find anything in the same place
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11 Black Thursday Moving Black friday to Thanksgiving.
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1 Abruptly closing 5 of your stores across the country, (without telling your employees ahead of time, mind you) AND blaming it on 'plumbing problems' they need to fix? for shame, walmart -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on April 19, 2015, 4:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 You save money all right. You save that money you've got left over from buying whatever it is from this store that ends up breaking on you after a few uses so forcing you to buy it again. I don't like how this store just plots itself on anything it touches. Forcing good intentioned small businesses out while here comes this huge mega corporation that brings you the same things you've seen at another store just roar into town. One example is that in a mall near me, we've had some decent stores and Wal-Mart was residing there. After a few months, sometime last year. Wal-Mart's fat ass decided to buy out the slots from other stores, forcing about 4 of them from their spots and off into oblivion. Not to be seen again. I've heard rumors they were going to expand into a super wal-mart which, why? It's a small - medium sized shopping mall! You already took a good portion of the place, why be a glutton and absorb more space? Especially when I haven't seen any progress since it's acquirement of those spots. You mind as well have taken the whole mall over at this rate because once the expansion is ever finished. That's what it's going to look like, just a bloated Wal-Mart. Unions are still needed. We need them so we can tell Wal-Mart when their idiocy is stepping out of line. Otherwise, without them, Wal-Mart would walk over everyone and overwork them for little pay and fire them once they slip up or don't meet their prissy little standards. I'd hate to work for a place like Wal-Mart, you'd have to hate yourself to work for them. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on August 22, 2013, 1:11 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I can still remember the Wal-Mart ads that proclaimed "we sell only American made goods". I agree with the previous Post about Sam spinning in his grave. -- Submitted By: (Pete) on August 18, 2013, 1:13 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Elainewood's insight is far better than anyone else's? All she does is insult people who don't agree with her. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 1, 2013, 1:51 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Read elainewood's posts on this site and ignore the rest. Her insight is far and away better than anybody else's here. BTW, JustLooking, if it weren't for unions and Social Security, most people would NEVER be able to retire like yourself. If left to their own devices, corporations would see to it that there would be NO employee rights-all rights would go exclusively to the employers. I, for one, do not want to live in such a Hell-Hole!!! You go Elaine! -- Submitted By: (jimdcarter) on May 31, 2013, 11:16 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Sam Walton, if he were alive, wouldn't make his employees work thanksgiving.. he must've been rolling in his grave. -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on December 20, 2012, 9:18 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Elaine .. I said .. "If a union wants to determine wages .. then let them (the union) buy a franchise, build the store, stock it, etc. etc. ..and start running that store/business/industry. Then, they (the union) can pay whatever wages they damn well please. I am not a pro-business lobbyist or anything of the sort. I am a person who was brought up to respect hard work and the realization that it is up to ME only to better myself. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on November 28, 2010, 11:05 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I have mixed feelings about unions: in the past they were about keeping corrupt businesses from exploiting their workers and paying them slave wages. Now, many have turned into corrupt businesses themselves. If your union wants something from a business but isn't getting it--for example, the wage going from $15 an hour to $20 an hour--and you're cool with $15 an hour...tough. You HAVE to stop working and go on strike. If you continue to work, the union could punish you. Also, if the business refuses to give in to their demands and your money is getting low, you can either work against the union's wishes (and get punished) or continue to strike until you wind up bankrupt. Weren't unions created to fight this sort of thing? And now THEY are doing it themselves? I don't believe a business should be allowed to bully their employees, but why would you trade one bully for another? If you're on strike, the union isn't paying you a dime. Forcing someone to do something with little to no pay is slavery, isn't it? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on November 28, 2010, 9:56 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 JustLooking, go back and read your own post. I hit every one of your *points* , such as they are, dead on. You weren't arguing for businesses setting "reasonable" wages and benefits; you were arguing that business should be able to do "whatever it damn well pleases (YOUR words) in those areas, with no type of oversight or regulation whatsoever. When you begin your reply by trying to completely twist the substance of your earlier post -- clearly because you were embarrassed at having its content pointed out so explicitly -- you invalidate your own arguments. And I find it really amusing that you feel it's A-okay to speculate on my being a "union agitator", which you clearly intended as a slur (and I'm sure in your lexicon it is, though it ain't one in mine), but get all miffed because I ask you if you might have some behind-the-scenes-interest in the subject, such as your being an employer (or possible even a pro-business lobbyist of some sort). The very substance of your latest 'reply' pretty much tells the whole story with you. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on November 28, 2010, 8:09 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Elaine ... read my post. You missed the point completely. More on topic, what is wrong with a business setting reasonable wages and benefits? By the way, I have no hidden agenda. I am not, nor was I, ever a business owner. I am just a person (now retired) who is fed up with the gimme attitude of unions. Incidentally, when you personally attack someone in the first sentence, you've already lost the argument. Have a wonderful (nonunion) day. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on November 27, 2010, 4:36 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 JustLooking, are you a bit dim? It is NOT the "right" of stores and employers to "pay whatever they damn well please". That hasn't been their "right" for quite some time now. And the reason that it isn't their "right" is precisely because of the actions of organized labor petitioning the government to enact regulations to curb abuses by employers and restrict some of their so-called "rights". It's clear that, according to your logic, the worker should have no rights whatsoever, and should just be thankfully grovelling on his knees that he has a job at all, even if it's not paying him enough to live on securely. Next we know, you'll be arguing on behalf of employers' "rights" to use child labor. Why do I get the really funny feeling that you have some agenda going on here you haven't bothered to disclose to the rest of us? Do you happen to be an employer or business owner yourself by any chance? -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on November 27, 2010, 7:51 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 If a union wants to determine wages in any store, then let them buy a franchise, build the store, stock it, do the paperwork and pay the innumerable fees and taxes to get the business permits and buy insurance and start running that store. Then, they can pay whatever wages they damn well please. Until then, it is the right of the store owner(s) to set the wages and benefits. Unions, like gov't, are too damn good at wanting to spend other peoples money. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on November 26, 2010, 4:05 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 I've heard that the law in the States allows companies to fire people at will for any reason and get away with it. If that's true then the workers definitely need Unions. Yes, Unions have the problem of also protecting unproductive employees that do things like no calling on a regular basis or even if they do show up, they do little to no work. With companies getting bigger and bigger and accountability going the way of the dinosaur, the workers need something to protect them. Unions may well be all they have left. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on November 24, 2010, 9:07 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Sorry to disillusion you--but it's the low-wage, dead-end crap employers like Wal-Mart who are the worst exploiters and need the oversight of unionization the most. If you educate yourself about the true business practices of these companies, and do a bit of digging, rather than accepting the bland, smiley-face anti-union portrayals of themselves that these companies spend billions on projecting to a public made up of individuals like you and all those who think unions are somehow 'outdated' and that companies such as Wal-Mart may not be perfect, but are essentially benign in nature, you'd realize this quickly enough. You'd realize it even quicker if you worked for one of these companies. And with the continual downturns this economy is taking (and will continue to take), you just may find yourself working for one of them one day, no matter how cozy your present situation might be. And, trust me--you will REALLY find out what how these companies screw their employees then. Don't count on so-called 'labor laws' to help you--most of these laws have been so effectively gutted in the post-Reagan Republican war on American labor, that they offer no real protections worthy of the name. And again, should you ever be forced into the circumstance of being employed by one of these companies, you'll discover that at first-hand very fast. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on November 24, 2010, 7:19 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 elaine, yeah, there are still moments where business try to screw over people, but I think as a whole, we are far enough along as a nation where unions, for the most part, are useless, and not needed. Even unions know it, so thats why they are getting as greedy as they are. I can understand certain types of jobs where it might be necessary, but places like Wal-Mart do NOT need unions. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on November 24, 2010, 2:40 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 JustLooking, you sound so utterly brainwashed by the past 30-plus years of rightist propaganda regarding unions it's probably useless to talk to you, but here goes. Do you honestly believe America is some type of 'worker's paradise' at this point? Do you honestly believe that the working class are enjoying protections against abuses here that exist nowhere else in the Western world? You speak about the situation in other countries--have you BEEN to those countries? Do you know anything about them other than what you've been told in the American mainstream media? (I have been to several of them, and do know a bit.) Your opening remark--"You sound like a union activist"--is, pardon my saying so, rather ignorant-sounding; it's a bit like shouting "Commie" at anyone who points out flaws in the American system. You believe that saying this automatically invalidates points and arguments you don't want to hear. Unfortunately it doesn't--and I suspect time is going to be more on the side of progressives who realize that the time for strong union presence has returned than it is on the side of conservative dinosaurs who believe in the infallibility of the 'laissez-faire' worker's economy--far from being 'unnecessary', unions are more necessary than ever to the American worker's survival than they've ever been. Closing your eyes and ears to facts doesn't make them go away, I'm afraid. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on November 24, 2010, 5:38 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 You make good points, JustLooking. Unions back in the day were necessary and they did do a lot of great things like the 40 hour work week, child labor laws, overtime pay, benefits, etc. Unfortunately, they got too much power and in the process became selfish and unreasonable, wanting huge stock options and fantastic retirement packages (full benefits for the rest of your life if you retire at age 50!) for little work in return. It's a broken model. Many jobs go overseas not because of "union busting" that's going on in the states, but because of the ridiculous taxes and fees businesses are issued for hiring employees or producing goods. Liberals who want fees for "carbon footprint" or another one of their social programs are what are making businesses move overseas more so that CEOs who want another bonus paycheck, though the liberal media would make you think otherwise. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on November 23, 2010, 4:37 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Elaine ... you sound like a union activist. The days of paying a high school drop out 40 bucks an hour to stand around and do as little work as possible, are over. Unions WERE essential 100 years ago. Today, with the existing labor laws, they are not required. Unions should be abolished worldwide. Have you not seen was is happening in France and Greece? The entire system is collapsing. As far as the little mom and pop stores, they have been over charging the public for far too long. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on November 22, 2010, 7:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Unfortunately, that's a big part of the problem any more--too many people who 'don't have a problem with' a business that treats its workers exploitatively, violates their rights to form unions, engages in tactics deliberately intended to make their suppliers dependent on them or force them to go under, to name just a few of Wal-Mart's sins--we have 'no problem' with business practices that are ruining the working class in this country, and then we sit back and whine about the fact that our economy has gone to hell. A good economy depends on decent treatment of your workers, fair wages, and responsible corporate behavior all the way down the food chain. When America allowed this to stop being the case we were sunk. And now we cry about jobs going overseas, but we still don't get that our collective sense of 'not having a problem' with irresponsible/reprehensible corporate behaviors is a large component to what helped land us in the intractable mess we're in today. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on November 16, 2010, 9:25 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 If people want to shop at Wal-Mart, that's their business. I have no problem with Wal-Mart myself - my only complaint has to do with the lack of open checkouts if I do buy something. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on November 12, 2010, 7:42 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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