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Wal-Mart Is The Enemy - Really!

I hate Wal-Mart. I used to shop there. But then I got wise. Unfortunately, lots of people I know - my husband, my father, my friends - still shop there. And I know I got gifts from there this year. I complain and moan about Wal-Mart but don't really do anything about it. Well, those days are over. One of my commitments for 2005 is to stop people I know from stepping foot into and spending money in what amounts to the modern version of feudalism.

Thanks to 1_more_1nce in ljdemocrats for this information.

"Jane Sims always knew her husband was a valuable employee to Wal-Mart. She just didn't know how valuable.

Sims discovered recently that Wal-Mart, the company her husband, Douglas, worked for before he died, had taken out a life insurance policy in his name.

When Douglas Sims died in 1998 of a sudden heart attack, Wal-Mart received about $64,000. She got nothing from that policy.

'I never dreamed that they could profit from my husband's death,' said Sims, whose husband worked in receiving at Wal-Mart's distribution center in Plainview for 11 years.

Companies routinely take out secret life insurance policies on the lives of their low-level employees and collect thousands of dollars when they die. The families never know the policies are in place and typically receive none of the money."

http://www.walmartwatch.com/info/internal.cfm?subsection_id=131&internal_id=350

"In a chilling reversal of Henry Ford's strategy, which was to pay his workers amply so they could buy Ford cars, Wal-Mart's stingy compensation policies--workers make, on average, just over $8 an hour, and if they want health insurance, they must pay more than a third of the premium--contribute to an economy in which, increasingly, workers can only afford to shop at Wal-Mart."

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050103&c=1&s=featherstone

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mustbered
Dec. 27th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC)
Wal-Mart is the devil!!! I hear ya on spreading the truth... I have been trying to educate my friends and family myself... don't forget the sex-discrimination suit!

Unfortunately, I still get weak once in a while and find myself in there to pick up something... it's just so damn convenient sometimes! But I really am trying to convice myself and my people that it's not worth it and that we really need to stop feeding the monster....
daisyfair
Dec. 27th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
I HATE WALMART TOO. and kmart
silverdee
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
I knew about the discrimination lawsuit and the lock ins of the employees but this was the first I'd heard of the insurance policies. That is awful! Scum! According to the article, Camelot Music has done the same thing.
weelisa
Dec. 27th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
Man. Just when I thought I couldn't hate large corporations more.

What is the word for rule by corporations, do you know? A Corpocracy? I know that rule by a few people is an Oligarchy but that doesn't quite do.
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