There needs to be a special term for schadenfreude where Walmart is concerned. Sure, we love to see bad things happen to most big companies, but seeing Walmart taken to task for its heinous treatment of employees is satisfying in a way that could probably only be matched if it were happening to Comcast.
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I am one of those rare Americans who has never bought anything at a Walmart. I did once ENTER a Walmart, because elder sister, who at the time was still morbidly obese, wanted to buy a swimsuit and cover-up for a cruise. I quickly helped her find what she needed, and got the fuck out of there. Really, really bad vibes. I do, on occasion, look at the People of Walmart photos.
ETA: One of the reasons I support Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton is that she served on Walmart's board of directors from 1986-92, the same period during which they trashed small towns' Main Streets. Alice Walton contributed the maximum to the Ready for Hillary PAC.
I bet a lot of it is legal costs and punitive damages. I'm all for punishing Walmart via the only thing they value: $$$.
OSHA,at least on a federal level, just says they have to pay you for your break if you're on call during it. You're not federally entitled to any break whatsoever, paid or unpaid.
I bought something there once. It was the only store in town that had the particular Christmas decoration that I wanted. (I'm so ashamed.)
Then I also bought some garlands because the sign on the bin said they were cheap and because they were unusually pretty. When I got to the register, the garlands rang up at twice the price on the sign. The clerk called the manager and it took the manager ten minutes to ascertain that I was correct. (I waited. I really wanted the decoration and the garlands.) By the time he came back, there was a very long line at the register.
That was about six years ago and I've not gone back since. And I feel much better for having confessed.
This exact thing. They're trying to do it in the town I work in now, and the salt-of-the-earth farmer folks just don't understand when I try to explain that it will kill the town. They just say, "but jobs." Arrrggggh.
Penny wise, $31 million foolish.
Well, it depends on the business. But for publicly-held corporations, that's generally true, yeah.
So, long story (not going to tell it) but I was evicted from my long term home in 2014. I moved from a town where the shopping choices were WalMart and local grocery to one with multiple shopping choices. I haven't shopped at a WalMart since the eviction. Winning!
Been in that town, friend. You do what you have to do.
Hah. Walmart does not believe that they are liable for anything they do. And they are mostly right. Most law firms will not take a lawsuit on contingency that is guaranteed to be appealed to the Supreme Court with maximal delay and obfuscation along the way, and that no matter how much merit it has is not unlikely to end up losing. And how many such clients can afford to pay a lawyer a million or two?
Don't worry, though... soon enough, shopping at Walmart will involve an arbitration agreement, and then nobody will ever have to worry about such things again. They can just contact the arbitrator, who can tell them that they lose, and it's all over in minutes. Efficiency!
I went to one by accident when I was drunk once. It was terrible, I haven't been back since. That place is a mess.
They are fucking up some fairly pristine water in Colorado as well. Taken from the upper Arkansas river near Buena Vista and TRUCKED all the way to Denver.
She had 13 years with Walmart which means she was probably making an obscene (to Walmart) amount of money...like...$12.00 an hour. That alone is enough to make them want to fire her.
If she does, she should get her money back.