Archive for January, 2015

ALL HAIL YOB-SHABBOTH…!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Low wages, no benefits, irregular schedules, and unreliable hours are just some of the horrible working conditions most Walmart workers have to endure. Yet when I asked some of the workers what they consider the worst part about working for the corporation, they didn’t mention any of these wretched labor practices. Instead, they all gave […]

WALMART TAX-REFUND SCHEME BLOWING UP…?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player This report from Houston sure seems to make the case: It’s tax season and many of us are looking forward to the day we get our tax refund. “I got my income tax this morning,” said Amber Calzada who had her refund deposited into her Walmart Money Card account. But […]

WHICH WAY WILL DID THE VOTE GO…?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

[Update @ 1100: More detail… Update @ 0300 on 30 January: Well, the vote went as I expected. The Louisville Metro Planning Council voted 7-1 with one abstention to give Walmart what the Bentonvile Behemoth wanted: yet another cookie-cutter Supercenter at 18th and Broadway. Walmart earns another Vonnegutian asshole and a so it goes.] I […]

2,300 DIVIDED BY 575 EQUALS…

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

When any issue or event involves Walmart, scale must be considered. What might seem insignificant in one case becomes a headline when stretched across the Bentonvile Behemoth’s empire. Such is this story about Walmart deciding to layoff, in a manner—60 days notice and a severance check—might be considered un-Walmartish. Walmart announced on Friday that about […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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.

DOES WALMART MAKE MY BUTT LOOK BIG…?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Of course Walmart is not solely responsible for the obesity epidemic, but as the 800 1,600-pound gorilla in the room, Walmart has to accept leadership in what may be the most controllable of health crises. Our collective waistline has been expanding for decades. The adult obesity rate in the United States surged from 13 percent […]

WHEN YOU HAVE 75 WALMART CREDIT CARDS…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

I have said before that Walmart is not responsible for the crimes committed by others inside the stores or in the parking lots. As the ubiquity and banality of Walmart increases, however, the logic of those who gravitate to Walmarts to do wrong is without blemish. Take the extreme case of Angie Lawson. Owen County […]

HOW LONG WILL WALMART FIGHT…? FOREVER…

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Ever since we began The Writing On The Wal, nee No Cleveland Walmart, back in 2005, we have gotten pleas from people across the country asking one question: how do we stop Walmart from building in our community? Early on I used to offer hope and ideas, but now I just say that there is […]

WALMART IS ALWAYS EXTER PECIAL…

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The original plans did not match city guidelines, and the company was given until Friday to submit revisions. When Walmart officials came before the Metro Louisville Planning Commission in December, the commission asked the company to consider design changes. Walmart said Friday that instead of making those changes, the company will ask the city to […]

WHEN NO CHOICE MASQUERADES AS A CHOICE…

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Two weeks ago I posted a tongue in cheek jab at Walmart for being selected as one of the four worst business reputations with consumes by The Motley Fool. This week Timothy Green throws a life line to the Bentonvile Behemoth by comparing the world’s largest purveyor of cheap plastic crap from China to Costco. […]

SO, HOW MANY EMPLOYEES GET FOOD THERE…?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Walmart seems to be on a philanthropy tear directed at food banks. If I were an enterprising young journalist living in Greeley—famous for the Greeley cattle feed lots—I would ride along for a week or two with the Weld Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Program and see how many current recipients are also drawing a […]

WILL THE MEAT TASTE MUCH BETTER NOW…?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

No single topic has elicited as many comments here at The Writing On The Wal as the meat Walmart sells. So, when I read the headline Walmart ups the ante on food safety from Meat & Poultry, I knew readers would be ready to pounce. Why? Because food safety has not been the concern of […]

988 OUT OF 1,300 VIEWERS SAY NO

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player A new Walmart opened its doors in Northwest Harris County Wednesday morning, but not everyone is happy about it. Neighbors in the Copper Lakes subdivision say the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 8700 block of Barker Cypress is too close for comfort. “It has just really robbed the peace and […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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.

HOW PENNIES BECOME MILLIONS…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Different communities levy different taxes and if, while visiting out of town say, I but a $10 item at a Walmart where the sales tax is 8 percent and return that same item the next day to my local Walmart where the sales tax is 6 percent, Walmart keeps the 20-cent difference. If, on the […]