AND WHEN THE FREEBIES ARE ALL GONE…?

How sad it is that the most important number Wal-Mart always quotes when opening a new store is the number of poor, often desperate, people it doesn't hire. Here in Cleveland it turned away 5,700 souls, give or take a few hundred. But the party went on. From the Plain Dealer had to say: All of these people were among the estimated 2,000 customers who entered the new Wal-Mart during its first few hours of business. First-day sales figures were not available. [Snip] Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke, praising Steelyard Commons developer Mitchell Schneider for helping to bring Wal-Mart to the city. Schneider was a "pit bull on this," Jackson said. "He just wouldn't give it up." Not like Queen Jane and Cleveland's city council, eh mayor? No doubt many in the crowd Wednesday morning were there for the raffle. Those present at 7 a.m. were able to enter a drawing for a $500 Wal-Mart gift card. The mayor drew the winning ticket, and the lucky shopper, tears in her eyes, ran to the podium crying, "Thank you, Jesus! " [Update -- 0727 -- The 2,000 customer figure made me wonder, so last night I spent some time looking for customer counts at other grand openings, but I didn't find any (although I always found the ubiquitous 12,000 people applied for six jobs meme). This morning, however I did find this note at that end of a story from The Washington Times: The world's largest retailer was greeted by the Lancaster County High School marching band and color guard and an early-morning crowd that Wal-Mart estimated at about 600, which is a lot considering the population of the town is 1,244. So, Kilmarnock, Virginia, has a population of 1,244 and draws 600 customers to a grand opening. Cleveland has a population of somewhere (does anyone really know?) more than 400,000 and it draws 2,000? What's wrong with this picture.] Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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  1. […] AND WHEN THE FREEBIES ARE ALL GONE…? How sad it is that the most important number Wal-Mart always quotes when opening a new store is the number of poor, often desperate, people it doesn’t hire. Here in Cleveland it turned away 5,700 souls, give or take a few hundred. But the party went on. Keep reading… […]

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