So writes Mark Gimein at Slate. There are literally thousands of corporations I know nothing about, but I flatter myself to think I’ve learned a bit about Walmart and I have to remind myself that there are many other journalists not so fortunate.
They are too busy covering vast tracks of information to stay focused anwhere for more than a moment.
Some years ago, while writing an article about Wal-Mart (WMT) for a business magazine, I found myself talking to a former Wal-Mart cashier about the job she’d quit, and asked her why it was that almost all the cashiers there were women.
“Probably men don’t want those jobs,” she told me. Which made sense: The quota-driven, dead-end job she’d described wasn’t one I’d wanted much, either.
“But wait a second,” I said, “you didn’t want that job either, right?”
But you have to eat, you have to clothe yourself, you have to take are of your children as best you can. In a childish sense, beggars can’t be choosers.