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(WTKR)   Bad: Having to work at Walmart on Black Friday. Worse: Getting trampled by customers on Black Friday and learning just what the company offers for health care benefits   (wtkr.com) divider line 20
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4090 clicks; posted to Business » on 24 Nov 2012 at 11:06 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-24 10:51:25 AM  
3 votes:
I worked for Walmart two months in '91. Full time but temporary via Kelly Temps. No bennies. You work at Walmart and your views on things will change...

All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

Troll yourself and go read this
2012-11-24 09:15:11 AM  
3 votes:
"Why did you buy that big TV?"
"I saved $100!"
"But, we live in a trailer."
"But, I saved $100!"

Never underestimate Americans' desire to buy shiat they do not need just because it's marked "on sale."
2012-11-24 11:37:59 AM  
2 votes:
I like to drive by huge lines outside of stores (especially Apple's and Walmart's) and play a soundtrack of cattle being herded and mooing. People sometimes get pretty upset by that. Too bad.
2012-11-24 07:03:22 PM  
1 votes:
This happened at a Wal-Mart I once worked at. Somehow we ended up with a shipment of Tickle-Me Elmos, which were sold out all over the continent. Word of mouth got around and sure enough it ended up on the evening news that the Wal-Mart in Fredericton had Tickle-Me Elmos in stock. People were calling the store offering hundreds, even thousands of dollars for one. The manager had the bright idea of putting them onsale at 3AM. When I left work that night, the plan was called for putting them up on a high riser where nobody could reach them, letting customers in small groups, and selling them 1 per customer.
Management hadn't thought about what closes at 2 AM. The bars. The doors were rushed by drunks who stampeded the people inside, including a small girl, and the poor sap who was handing the dolls down from the riser. He was knocked from a ladder and trampled, and ended up in the hospital with a severe concussion (and broken ribs, IIRC).
2012-11-24 06:56:14 PM  
1 votes:
Ugh. Why would anyone go shopping on Black "Friday"? I'm going to break off Thanksgiving early so I can get punched in the head by some troglodyte over a $5 pair of headphones? Fark that.
2012-11-24 05:27:51 PM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: links136: Honest Bender: NeoCortex42: Honest Bender: edmo: All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

So they only got paid about $3.45/hour?

Wouldn't surprise me. Wal-Mart takes advantage of employees any way they can. If they have managers that are exempt from overtime, better believe they'll be working insane hours.

That was actually calculated with over time. Without overtime it's jumps up to a whopping $3.74 an hour.

well, the 1992 minimum wage at 70 hours a week makes 15k.

$18,785 actually. 70 hours becomes 40 + 45 = 85 hours of regular pay (calculating overtime at 1.5). At 52 weeks a year, fed minimum wage was $4.25.

Honest question, can someone be salaried below minimum wage? If so, that seems wrong.


You can be salaried at minimum wage for a 40 hour week, but be made to work more than 40 hours.
2012-11-24 03:44:33 PM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: NeoCortex42: Honest Bender: edmo: All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

So they only got paid about $3.45/hour?

Wouldn't surprise me. Wal-Mart takes advantage of employees any way they can. If they have managers that are exempt from overtime, better believe they'll be working insane hours.

That was actually calculated with over time. Without overtime it's jumps up to a whopping $3.74 an hour.


I worked at WalMart for a few years; a few girls my age came into be assistant managers, and, yes, they get paid quite shiattiliy. I don't know if it was as bad as this example, but I clearly remember they made less than 25k, before taxes and benefits. They were also expected to work a MINIMUM of 48 hours a week.

This is why most WalMart managers are absolute dicks. They're just regular WalMart folks who bought into the system, tried to climb the ladder, and found out it was shiatty at the top, too.
2012-11-24 02:06:50 PM  
1 votes:

Ken VeryBigLiar: The ambulance chasing schmuck she's probably going to hire will probably multiply his shoe size by 6 and ask for that many millions.


Well the lawyers could go for the huge punitive damages since a security guard was killed and they have still failed to adequately protect employees from this dangerous environment.
2012-11-24 01:45:50 PM  
1 votes:
The Manager's job is toast. Not supposed to touch the customers for any reason. And they use it to fight the Worker's Comp claim, too.
2012-11-24 01:04:41 PM  
1 votes:
I'll bet the first thing they did was punch her time card out, unless she was salary.
Does WalMart have salary folks? Willing to bet they do, it's easier to exploit salary people.
2012-11-24 12:48:58 PM  
1 votes:

NeoCortex42: Honest Bender: edmo: All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

So they only got paid about $3.45/hour?

Wouldn't surprise me. Wal-Mart takes advantage of employees any way they can. If they have managers that are exempt from overtime, better believe they'll be working insane hours.


That was actually calculated with over time. Without overtime it's jumps up to a whopping $3.74 an hour.
2012-11-24 12:40:40 PM  
1 votes:

whither_apophis: This is something I don't quite grok: business screwing workers/employees to make $$$ - good. Lawyers screwing business to make $$$ - bad.

/IOKIYWM?


Neither side is sanctified here. Those notorious lawyers of Wal-Mart, the ones that are out to gut a plaintiff? You incite them when they see a high dollar amount. When you talk an amount that to them seems like petty cash you tend to get you and your client the money.

/Or at least a settlement the client will probably go out and "sell" for 60 cents on the dollar.
//If they haven't already gone to a payday loan store and borrowed at APR's of over 100%.
2012-11-24 12:33:33 PM  
1 votes:

Ken VeryBigLiar: DrewCurtisJr: The black Friday stampedes at Walmart have been well documented over the years, I'd be shocked if her phone wasn't ringing non-stop from lawyers.

A smart lawyer would know that Wal-Mart's per state Work Comp deductible is probably somewhere between $5-10M and take something decent for them and their client in the way of a settlement and try to fly under the radar. The ambulance chasing schmuck she's probably going to hire will probably multiply his shoe size by 6 and ask for that many millions.


This is something I don't quite grok: business screwing workers/employees to make $$$ - good. Lawyers screwing business to make $$$ - bad.

/IOKIYWM?
2012-11-24 12:29:28 PM  
1 votes:

Honest Bender: edmo: All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

So they only got paid about $3.45/hour?


Wouldn't surprise me. Wal-Mart takes advantage of employees any way they can. If they have managers that are exempt from overtime, better believe they'll be working insane hours.
2012-11-24 12:28:04 PM  
1 votes:

edmo: All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.


So they only got paid about $3.45/hour?
2012-11-24 12:24:40 PM  
1 votes:
and that my friends is why i stay home on Black Friday it not worth the effort of getting a black belt/mastery of a martial art.
2012-11-24 11:24:31 AM  
1 votes:
Perhaps I was a bit premature in declaring an early winner in yesterdays Trample Bingo -- after all the injury/fatality was a trample caused by a vehicle. This is the first trample report I saw for Black Friday, so whoever called it get your prize

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2012-11-24 11:17:52 AM  
1 votes:

edmo: I worked for Walmart two months in '91. Full time but temporary via Kelly Temps. No bennies. You work at Walmart and your views on things will change...

All the assistant managers worked six days a week, 12+ hours per day hoping they would one day get their own store and make a decent living. They made about $14K then, all college grads.

Troll yourself and go read this


That Walmart uses temps is another problem all by itself.
In union states, Walmart uses temp agencies to staff the distribution centers and they get paid about $10 bucks with no benefits, for instance in Cali and Illinois and witness the resultant recent troubles there.
In non-union states, Walmart distribution center jobs are pretty good ones, starting pay is about $16 per hour with full benefits and regular raises after that.
Note the difference.
2012-11-24 11:12:17 AM  
1 votes:
Annnnnnnnnnnddd here's this.
2012-11-24 10:47:46 AM  
1 votes:
A. Injured lady was a manager, so she probably has fairly good benefits.
B. Was injured at work while on duty, so worker's comp will cover everything anyway
 
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