Archive for September, 2009

MORE GOOD NEWS FOR WALMART…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

First, let me say that I don’t think I’ve ever written a single word based on something Walmart chairman and heir Robson Walton has ever said. What possibly inspired him to open his mouth. Did his car run out of gas, or perhaps break down? Speaking at a global business conference for chief executive officers […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

How do you really feel about Walmart? 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.

Are you unhappy about the meat at Walmart?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Did you know that you can review meat products on Walmart’s corporate web site? The problem is that I can’t for the life of me figure out where someone would go to write a new review. UPDATE: On second thought, here’s my favorite review: This is absolute garbage, I thought I opened a can of […]

WE ARE ALL WALMART…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

[Jonathan linked yesterday to this story, but here’s my 2 cents.] Over the years, Time Magazine has named controversial individuals as its Man Of The Year and the magazine has rightly reminded us that the honor is neither positive nor negative but to the person who most effected the year. That’s how I view the […]

“People of Wal-Mart” takes a page from Walmart.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Did you know that “People of Wal-Mart” has an FAQ page? You can find it here. It’s an opportunity for the guys behind the site to law down the rules of propriety: How do I know if my picture is appropriate? If you think the person would be classified as “a Walmart shopper” then chances […]

POLITICIANS AND WALMART…

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Remember the apocryphal amazement of presidential candidate George H.W. Bush at bar-code scanners in stores? That tale must be linked to a potential question to be put to political candidates regarding whether or not they’ve shopped at a Walmart. I prefer Matthew Yglesias’ version: Probably a better Wal-Mart related social stratification question would be to […]

SCARING THE B’JESUS OUT OF THE IGNORANT…

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Nothing quite scares the ignorant like a good story about how the niggers are coming for their guns, women and whiskey. And the people who want to scare the ignorant somehow believe that they can be best found at a Walmart. Radio Revolution blasted this headline yesterday: Ammo rationing at Wal-Mart as panic buying sweeps […]

Why does America hate America?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

So I guess America is cheap, materialistic and a bad place to work. As a patriot, I prefer to disagree.

Tying up loose ends.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This is the letter that “Stock” is referring to in the comments: I work for Wal-Mart (the evil empire) and was invited to my supervisor’s office yesterday to be “sold” on the new computerized schedule practice that will go into effect on July 25, 2009 at the store where I work. I was informed that […]

WHEN YOUR MOVIE IS SO LAME…

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

…That you have to actually confess to having been caught shoplifting at Walmart when you were 14 to get any press it’s time to reconsider your career choices. This news item from Transformer star performer Megan Fox made me spew coffee out my nose. From the Asia News Network: Megan Fox has revealed that she […]

Should we our leaders be “People of Walmart” too?

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Just throwing this out there… A correspondent to James Fallows who doesn’t know how to use caps: i’ve long thought it would be an interesting commentary on the stratification in this society to have political candidates asked during a debate if they’d ever shopped at a wal-mart. i have to think that very few could […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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 nickdills. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

$3 MILLION HERE, $28 MILLION THERE…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Walmart will dribble out another $3 million to workers in Massachusetts in the continuing unpaid-breaks-and-lunches suit. The reports so far don’t say how many employees are involved so can’t tell if they do better or worse than the $62.93 workers got in Indiana. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

IT’S NOT JUST THE GRANDMOTHERS…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Last the week I wrote about Walmart’s No Photos/Videos policy and wondered about the apparent selectivity of the enforcement. This morning I found proof positive that enforcement isn’t just for grandparents. (Warning: language Not Safe For Work.) Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

MORE ON THE DEMAREES…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

While I consider this story only peripherally about Walmart, it is rapidly becoming a media juggernaut and as the tale spins farther and farther afield, the facts in the case are becoming increasingly hazy. In that light, I think it wothwhile to consider what the Law is. From Caleb Groos: An Arizona couple had to […]