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    While reading a troll posting about the business practices of Microsoft....I notice that Walmart is actually a good example of thos practices in public...yet no one really complains about them (except a few people).

    Why do you think there aren't really any public outburst about Walmart?

    NOTE: Walmart treats employees worse than the US treated people at Abu Garib prison.

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    First off, I disagree with your statement that Wal-Mart has bad business practices.  They are a great company.

    However, the fact is that you are just not aware of the public "outbursts" against Wal-Mart.  There is A LOT.  Possibly more than Microsoft.  They happen to be diffferent issues.  Pay attention to politics and you'll hear a lot about Wal-Mart.

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    A May 2004 study by the Washington, DC-based Good Jobs First titled "Shopping for Subsidies: How Wal-Mart Uses Taxpayer Money to Finance Its Never Ending Growth," found that the company has siphoned more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments across the country.

    One of many issues with WalMart Smiley

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    I don’t know if I would go as far as saying “Wal-Mart treats employees worse than the US treated people at Abu Garib prison.” And after all, Wal-Mart employees do have a choice in working there.


    But to address your question, I think maybe it’s because Wal-Mart is all American. It’s about mass distribution at low costs. Its capitalism! If we start knocking on Wal-Mart, well then it would be like knocking on our selves. Who’s brave enough to take that kind of gut check? What’s harder is actually placing your self in check when the competition is already all around you.


    I worked at Sam’s club- a chain also started by Sam Walton. It wasn’t all that bad. I thought the values they expected of their employees where good. Of course I was the janitor guy cleaning the toilets for a year. It was a job and I was great full for it!  True it would have been nice to have some medical coverage.  


    What is the alternative?

    edit- All the smilys on this page- see, this what i get when i use spell check in microsoft word and then past it to the forum? im damed if i do im damed if i dont. Wink

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    It's an ironic twist of history that Walmart is now routinely putting small, local stores out of business when they move into a town...even though they started off that way themselves.

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