I’ve been reading Bethany Moreton’s To Serve God and Wal-Mart, which is an absolutely amazing piece of scholarship. It’s full of stories of early Walmart employees who were treated in a dignified manner by their employer and who made hundreds of thousands of dollars on their Walmart stock. It’s easy to see why they loved Walmart. I’ve also been engaged in a long dust-up in the comments with Bob (sorry Robert, but sometimes I can’t help myself) and others over the question of whether there are lower-level workers today who are willing to stand up and say “I love Walmart!”
Frankly, I don’t see them. However, I recognize that I live far away from Arkansas, I don’t shop at Walmart and that this might not be the best online location for Walmart lovers (even though they seem to dominate our regular commentators). Therefore, I’d like to issue the following challenge:
Tell us why you love working at Walmart. As I often tell my students, I want you to be specific. Don’t tell us how your employer makes you feel, tell us what they actually do for you. Unlike the pro-union workers who visited Capitol Hill a few weeks back, you aren’t risking your job by offering up a love song to your employer. Therefore, to prove you’re not an Edelman operative writing in your pajamas from your lavish den in the DC suburbs, please include your real name, store location and store number.
As far as I’m concerned, I win either way here. If this post leads to chirping crickets, I’ve proved my point. If it gets interesting responses, then I learn something new about Walmart and probably attract new commentators for this blog. So here’s your golden opportunity Walmart lovers…bring on the love!