Archive for November, 2007

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, November 30th, 2007

There are sound stages on Hollywood’s back lots smaller than Bentonvile’s behemoths, so it’s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring TrueActress114. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Wal-Mart (heart) acute human misery.

Friday, November 30th, 2007

From Jonathan Tasini (who I usually agree with because he’s usually right): The one bright side for Wal-Mart is that as the economy continues to crater, more people are doing their holiday shopping are considering Wal-Mart as an option because they are too stretched finally. So, in a reversal of the old adage “what’s good […]

LIES, DAMN LIES, STATISTICS AND JOURNALISM…

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Wal-Mart at Steelyard Commons in Cleveland is open and perpetuating the lies that somehow that is a good thing for the city. Not the least of the lies is that those 300 hired are enjoying that magical full-time wage of $10.65 per hour, plus benefits. Bill Callahan, one of the original bloggers here, proofs […]

A policy Wal-Mart would like you to forget.

Friday, November 30th, 2007

This NYT story, about food banks tightening their belts due to food shortages, is attracting lots of attention this morning. In this time of need, let’s remember this oldie but goodie from the Modesto Bee (via Monsterfodder since its no longer in their archives) in January 2006: Directors of local charities reacted with surprise and […]

Market “leaders”

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Walmart isn’t the only “leader” in the race to the bottom. Here’s a story how the tomato pickers in Florida have been screwed by Burger King after it reneged on a deal to give them an extra penny per bucket. This is not about profits, it is about control, the same thing that motivates the […]

TOO MANY LAW SUITS TO COVER…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

We try, we really do, to catch all of the Wal-Mart news we can find, but occasionally something slips through the net. In writing a story this morning about toys in China, I read this aside at the bottom of the piece from Reuters. Last week, Wal-Mart was one of 20 companies sued by the […]

KEEPING A LIST…? BETTER CHECK IT TWICE…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Everyone was worried about Ralphie putting his eye out, but this holiday season mom and dad have much more subtle hazards to worry about lurking beneath the pretty paper and ribbons. Wal-Mart assures us that all the tagged items are off the shelves. Yeah. Right. From Reuters: China has published a blacklist of substandard toy […]

Wal-Mart’s obligation to Deborah Shank, its employees and itself.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The Deborah Shank story has generated a ton of comments around the blogosphere and around here since the Wall Street Journal covered it last week. They can be roughly divided into two categories: Wal-Mart was terrible to do this and excuses for how terrible Wal-Mart has been. Nobody doubts that Wal-Mart had every legal right […]

BUY CHEAP PLASTIC CRAP… FRY A FAGGOT…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Why, with all the hatred, pain, suffering and injustice in the world, has a tiny but shrill minority of christianists chosen to devote such copious amounts of their time, wealth and energy to battling a fantastical threat from homosexuals? The American Family Association, an organization that credits itself with turning Wal-Mart away from the gay […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

How do you really feel about Wal-Mart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings — pro and con — about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Hate radio is bad for business

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

A new group called Hate Hurts America has started a campaign to get advertisers to drop their support of radio host Michael Savage. They seem to be having some success (PR Newswire): The newly-formed Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition (HHA) today announced that Wal-Mart and AT&T have joined a growing list of advertisers […]

Gee, I wonder why Wal-Mart didn’t think of this?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Wal-Mart Watch is raising money for Deborah Shank.

WAL-MART NOISY…? WHO’DA THUNK IT…?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

New Yorkers and other urban dwellers are resigned to the noise of trash cans banging at 4 a.m. and delivery trucks double-parked in the narrow streets, but in Carson City, Nevada, residents have a different standard: they expect all their neighbors to be quiet when people are trying to sleep. From the Nevada Appeal: Wal-Mart […]

You remember Deborah Shank, right?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

[If you don’t, start here.] Via Wal-Mart Watch, I notice that her husband Jim Shank was on Fox today. The video posted there is followed by a statement from Wal-Mart. Here’s the key part: “While the Shank case involves a tragic situation, the reality is that we are required to protect the assets of our […]

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE SHOP…

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Robert wrote yesterday about the drop in dollars-per-shopper figure for Black Friday. And Wal-Mart is seriously on the case. What is its solution to shoppers having less money to spend? Why open more Wal-Mart stores 24/7 of course. From The Toronto Star: Wal-Mart Canada says more than one-quarter of its stores will be open 24 […]