Wal Mart’s voter education plan may have taken a twist that it never intended. While the Bentonvile behemoth thought it would educate it’s 1.4 million associates in the United States, it now looks like its shopper base is getting the real education.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, faces a boycott from a conservative group that wants the company to change its policies toward homosexuals.
Operation Rescue/Operation Save America will tell customers not to shop at Wal-Mart starting the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the group’s director, Rev. Flip Benham, said Friday.
The anti-abortion group is protesting Wal-Mart’s August decision to become a member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The conservative group’s plans come as Wal-Mart struggles to lift revenue. On Thursday, it forecast November would be the worst month of sales in more than 10 years.
“The question is, are they offending someone who is too important to their overall well-being?” said Patricia Edwards, a Seattle-based money manager at Wentworth, Hauser & Violich.
“Theoretically, they would be, when you look at their store base in the Bible Belt,” she said.
What I wonder is how much of this is Wal Mart influencing the shoppers who may stay home on Tuesday, and how much of this is the Republican Party influencing voters who are taking their anger out on Wal Mart?