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2013-07-14 02:23:43 AM  
This is a very similar article from 2010. I'll say the same thing I said then.


One time me and Mike Duke (CEO of Walmart) were flying around in his corporate helicopter and I noted that the toilet was out of service. He was like "No problem" and "Watch this" as he proceeded to give the pilot instructions to hover over the nearest store.


The pilot nodded and smiled as he took the instructions for Mr Duke... he actually had a GPS coordinates thingy on the dashboard with a little icon showing a stick figure in a blue vest being showered with little black turds from the sky.

I'm not going to go into the gory details on what happened on that day. All I can say is that Walmart hires older greeters because they don't move very fast, they are hard of hearing and they never look up.
 
2013-07-14 02:32:56 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: This is a very similar article from 2010. I'll say the same thing I said then.


One time me and Mike Duke (CEO of Walmart) were flying around in his corporate helicopter and I noted that the toilet was out of service. He was like "No problem" and "Watch this" as he proceeded to give the pilot instructions to hover over the nearest store.


The pilot nodded and smiled as he took the instructions for Mr Duke... he actually had a GPS coordinates thingy on the dashboard with a little icon showing a stick figure in a blue vest being showered with little black turds from the sky.

I'm not going to go into the gory details on what happened on that day. All I can say is that Walmart hires older greeters because they don't move very fast, they are hard of hearing and they never look up.


I do the same thing to the ants on the sidewalk.

my neighbors are dumbfounded that someone has such a large dog and they've never seen it.
 
2013-07-14 02:35:12 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: This is a very similar article from 2010. I'll say the same thing I said then.


One time me and Mike Duke (CEO of Walmart) were flying around in his corporate helicopter and I noted that the toilet was out of service. He was like "No problem" and "Watch this" as he proceeded to give the pilot instructions to hover over the nearest store.


The pilot nodded and smiled as he took the instructions for Mr Duke... he actually had a GPS coordinates thingy on the dashboard with a little icon showing a stick figure in a blue vest being showered with little black turds from the sky.

I'm not going to go into the gory details on what happened on that day. All I can say is that Walmart hires older greeters because they don't move very fast, they are hard of hearing and they never look up.


They are good employees...
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2013-07-14 02:38:00 AM  
Yes, but what about the horrors of being a first year investment banker?
 
2013-07-14 02:51:02 AM  
Just astroturding by the liberal agenda. What Walmart worker has the time or wherewithal to view the company intranet?
 
2013-07-14 03:23:03 AM  
How the hell could they know the letters were actually from Walmart employees? Also where are the horror stories? I read nothing specific at all.
 
2013-07-14 03:37:21 AM  

AlanSmithee: Yes, but what about the horrors of being a first year investment banker?


No shiat...I worked 80 hours a week to screw old people out of their life savings, and all I get for my Christmas bonus is a lousy seven figures?  Yet, no one feels sorry for me!
 
Juc
2013-07-14 03:43:40 AM  
I remember I needed soe extra money a while back and took a night job at wal mart, they tried to get me to do work I didn't have the proper safety equipment for or training to accomplish, so I walked off the job and told the management why I was leaving.
My final paycheque came with the end of employment forms the government requires and I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.
I imagine they still don't know why they have a hard tie keeping someone for more than a week at that position.
 
2013-07-14 04:06:19 AM  
I know a guy who did some contract work in Bentonville.  He was telling me there are no windows and no clocks.  I said it's basically like a casino, then?


Not really - Apparently it really sucks working there too.
 
2013-07-14 04:14:15 AM  

gfid: I know a guy who did some contract work in Bentonville.  He was telling me there are no windows and no clocks.  I said it's basically like a casino, then?


Not really - Apparently it really sucks working there too.


Nah because in a casino, there's still a small chance you can win big.

At walmart the best you can hope for is probably some expired animal crackers.
 
2013-07-14 04:21:56 AM  

Lith: gfid: I know a guy who did some contract work in Bentonville.  He was telling me there are no windows and no clocks.  I said it's basically like a casino, then?


Not really - Apparently it really sucks working there too.

Nah because in a casino, there's still a small chance you can win big.

At walmart the best you can hope for is probably some expired animal crackers a quick death.

 
2013-07-14 04:34:21 AM  
Juc
I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.


That could actually have been a favor. I've some vague memory about quitting vs firing being important when you want to collect unemployment payments, but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.
 
2013-07-14 04:42:11 AM  

The Voice of Doom: Juc
but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.



This is Fark, when has that stopped anyone before?
 
2013-07-14 07:03:21 AM  
A carpenter friend of mine works part time at Home Depot. Same story. Retail sucks, film at eleven.
 
2013-07-14 07:35:23 AM  
How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?
 
2013-07-14 08:02:11 AM  

abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?


Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!
 
2013-07-14 08:19:33 AM  

NewportBarGuy: abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?

Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!


What percentage of the country did they put out of work?
 
2013-07-14 08:19:57 AM  

NewportBarGuy: abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?

Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!


Yeah cause quitting and being unemployed was exactly what I meant. Get a different farking job. It's not like retail jobs are hard to come by.
 
2013-07-14 08:25:12 AM  
Have you seen the average walmart employee? Most look like your typical horror story villain.
 
2013-07-14 08:25:44 AM  
As a former Wal-Mart employee, I do have plenty of stories to tell about the things I've seen (sexual harassment, disregard of disabilities, racial profiling) and the incompetence of the store managers.  I also worked at several other retail/grocery outlets to get through college.  The stories of Wal-Mart are no different from any other low-rent, plug-in-anyone-we-want jobs that are out there.
 
2013-07-14 08:26:02 AM  
Strangely the way they treat employees, sorry "colleagues", in their Asda subsidiary in the UK is very different. Everyone seems very happy in my local Asda, even when I'm shopping there at 3AM because I've run out of milk.
 
2013-07-14 08:36:55 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: All I can say is that Walmart hires older greeters


If you end up being 72 and in sudden need of work, you're going to be thankful that someone is willing to hire you.
 
2013-07-14 09:08:01 AM  

abhorrent1: Get a different farking job


Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.
 
2013-07-14 09:12:22 AM  

bulldg4life: abhorrent1: Get a different farking job

Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.


Well it's obvious they don't. The comments have people saying they've been there 5, 6 7, or even 10 years and  biatching about it the whole time. Farking leave if it's that miserable. It must not be if they've stuck it out for 10 farking years.
 
2013-07-14 09:23:16 AM  

The Voice of Doom: Juc
I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.

That could actually have been a favor. I've some vague memory about quitting vs firing being important when you want to collect unemployment payments, but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.


Not really.  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.

Sadly, most places don't inquire further than that, if the employer states they had cause, that's it, no money for you.  Even if the cause is "Fark you, that's why"

Had an employer do that to me, after I got on UI because I was let go for lack of demand (which counts as without cause), they turned around and said I was terminated with cause instead, and cut off the trickle of money.
 
2013-07-14 09:33:41 AM  

Saberus Terras: The Voice of Doom: Juc
I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.

That could actually have been a favor. I've some vague memory about quitting vs firing being important when you want to collect unemployment payments, but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.

Not really.  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.

Sadly, most places don't inquire further than that, if the employer states they had cause, that's it, no money for you.  Even if the cause is "Fark you, that's why"

Had an employer do that to me, after I got on UI because I was let go for lack of demand (which counts as without cause), they turned around and said I was terminated with cause instead, and cut off the trickle of money.


Conversely, I terminated an employee with cause (hiding from duties, sleeping while on clock) and with a single conference call with Texas's unemployment compensation service they determined that the idiot WAS eligible, which of course came out of my pocket. At least he's not still wasting space here.
 
2013-07-14 09:37:19 AM  

Saberus Terras:  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.


I worked at a coffee shop in Tucson, AZ for a while (a mom-and-pop place, not a national chain).  When the owner wanted an employee gone, he'd reduce his/her hours to 0 (or something really close to that, like 2/week) and then wait for the employee to quit.  Then he wouldn't have to pay UI.

Gives you an idea of what employers in Arizona are like...
 
2013-07-14 09:49:55 AM  
Its America. Your employees are basically your slaves. There are almost no laws governing employer-employee relationships, at least compared to the rest of the civilized world.
 
2013-07-14 09:58:41 AM  

abhorrent1: bulldg4life: abhorrent1: Get a different farking job

Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.

Well it's obvious they don't. The comments have people saying they've been there 5, 6 7, or even 10 years and  biatching about it the whole time. Farking leave if it's that miserable. It must not be if they've stuck it out for 10 farking years.


Sounds like you've never been to a town with less than 15,000 residents.
 
2013-07-14 10:00:15 AM  

Kyosuke: NewportBarGuy: abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?

Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!

What percentage of the country did they put out of work?


Pretty much anyone that owned their own business directly in competition to Walmart.

Mom and Pop Drugstores, Hardware stores, Grocery stores, Toy stores, and Liquor stores. If your family owned a shop in a small town and Walmart moved in you were doomed.

Hooray for small business owners!
 
2013-07-14 10:04:04 AM  

FizixJunkee: Saberus Terras:  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.

I worked at a coffee shop in Tucson, AZ for a while (a mom-and-pop place, not a national chain).  When the owner wanted an employee gone, he'd reduce his/her hours to 0 (or something really close to that, like 2/week) and then wait for the employee to quit.  Then he wouldn't have to pay UI.

Gives you an idea of what employers in Arizona are like...


Also see: Amy's Baking Company.
 
2013-07-14 10:07:30 AM  

clkeagle: abhorrent1: bulldg4life: abhorrent1: Get a different farking job

Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.

Well it's obvious they don't. The comments have people saying they've been there 5, 6 7, or even 10 years and  biatching about it the whole time. Farking leave if it's that miserable. It must not be if they've stuck it out for 10 farking years.

Sounds like you've never been to a town with less than 15,000 residents.


those towns begged Wal-Mart for these jobs, those towns snubbed the local owners because they thought they could get ahead of those "rich" or "uppity" people by working at Walmart, and they probably gloated when those local owners went out of business.

Excuse me if I have trouble feeling sympathy for the Wal-mart cock suckers that ruined their own town.

Their children?  I pity them because their parents screwed them out good employment opportunities.

Oh well, yet another fark up that the younger generations are going to have to suffer thanks to the Boomers.
 
2013-07-14 10:10:18 AM  

clkeagle: abhorrent1: bulldg4life: abhorrent1: Get a different farking job

Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.

Well it's obvious they don't. The comments have people saying they've been there 5, 6 7, or even 10 years and  biatching about it the whole time. Farking leave if it's that miserable. It must not be if they've stuck it out for 10 farking years.

Sounds like you've never been to a town with less than 15,000 residents.


This. I lived in rural AR. The two largest companies were a manufacturing plant and the Wal-Mart.
 
2013-07-14 10:12:29 AM  
I worked at a Walmart a little over two months as a temp. I worked on a setup crew enlarging the store. I worked with the lowest level employees up to a regional manager.

I have never heard a story about Walmart that surprised me or a negative characterization of the company that did not fit my experience there.
 
2013-07-14 10:31:49 AM  
Stories like these are exactly why I do NOT shop at Walmart unless I have no other choice (ie i need something and Walmart is all that is open).  The last thing I ever bought at a Walmart was a tire seal at 11 pm.

I believe in the social contract that employers pay employees a livable wage, so that these employees can advance along the economic ladder and have their expenses paid by society.  Walmart has broken this social contract by employing millions of part time workers at very low wages with no benefits.  This allows them to keep prices low, but the public winds up paying thousands of dollars per year for many of these workers to have food stamps, subsidized housing and healthcare.  What will our country look like if this becomes the norm?
 
2013-07-14 10:35:39 AM  

jizzler: Stories like these are exactly why I do NOT shop at Walmart unless I have no other choice (ie i need something and Walmart is all that is open).  The last thing I ever bought at a Walmart was a tire seal at 11 pm.

I believe in the social contract that employers pay employees a livable wage, so that these employees can advance along the economic ladder and have their expenses paid by society.  Walmart has broken this social contract by employing millions of part time workers at very low wages with no benefits.  This allows them to keep prices low, but the public winds up paying thousands of dollars per year for many of these workers to have food stamps, subsidized housing and healthcare.  What will our country look like if this becomes the norm?


Welcome to Costco. I love you.
 
2013-07-14 10:37:25 AM  

abhorrent1: NewportBarGuy: abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?

Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!

Yeah cause quitting and being unemployed was exactly what I meant. Get a different farking job. It's not like retail jobs are hard to come by.




When all the jobs in town pay minimum wage it's bad enough.
Cycle of Poverty
When Walmart comes to town you get the bonus of a lot fewer jobs.
What Walmart costs...
 
2013-07-14 10:39:17 AM  
Last time I stepped into a Walmart there were 2 working registers with lines 15+ people deep and  28 closed registers.   The self checkout lanes were all out of order, and looked like they had been for some time.   The cashiers looked like they wanted to blow their brains out.
 
2013-07-14 10:41:03 AM  

Peki: clkeagle: abhorrent1: bulldg4life: abhorrent1: Get a different farking job

Wow, that's a brilliant goddamn idea. I wonder why nobody ever thought of that before.

Well it's obvious they don't. The comments have people saying they've been there 5, 6 7, or even 10 years and  biatching about it the whole time. Farking leave if it's that miserable. It must not be if they've stuck it out for 10 farking years.

Sounds like you've never been to a town with less than 15,000 residents.

This. I lived in rural AR. The two largest companies were a manufacturing plant and the Wal-Mart.


And good luck trying to save enough money to move when you're making slave wages.
 
2013-07-14 10:50:44 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: AlanSmithee: Yes, but what about the horrors of being a first year investment banker?

No shiat...I worked 80 hours a week to screw old people out of their life savings, and all I get for my Christmas bonus is a lousy seven figures?  Yet, no one feels sorry for me!


How do I know you know very little about finance?
 
2013-07-14 10:51:24 AM  

InmanRoshi: Last time I stepped into a Walmart there were 2 working registers with lines 15+ people deep and  28 closed registers.   The self checkout lanes were all out of order, and looked like they had been for some time.   The cashiers looked like they wanted to blow their brains out.


This is the primary reason I won't go near one. Every great once and awhile I pinch my nose and go in and every farking time there's a 15 minute lines behind the 2 open registers while 15 other registers sit completely empty.
 
2013-07-14 11:07:13 AM  

Saberus Terras: The Voice of Doom: Juc
I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.

That could actually have been a favor. I've some vague memory about quitting vs firing being important when you want to collect unemployment payments, but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.

Not really.  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.

Sadly, most places don't inquire further than that, if the employer states they had cause, that's it, no money for you.  Even if the cause is "Fark you, that's why"

Had an employer do that to me, after I got on UI because I was let go for lack of demand (which counts as without cause), they turned around and said I was terminated with cause instead, and cut off the trickle of money.


In Illinois even if you get fired with cause you can get unemployment, depending on the case.

I once had a manager fire me because I couldn't work all of the manadatory OT which included coming in an hour early Mon-Thurs, staying 2 hours late Mon-Thurs, and working a full shift on Saturday for 4 months. Now I came in early on all of the days that were required, but because of physical therapy that I was doing I couldn't stay late on Tues and Thurdays, and there was a few Saturdays that I wasn't able to make it. This pissed the manager off and he fired me. When i went for UI they denied me because they said I had missed too many days because I didn't work the required OT (In Illinois there is a mandatory 48 hour work week and an employer can require 8 hours of OT from you a week). Lucky for me I kept every pay check stub I received and in the period that they were claiming that I wouldn't come in for the mandatory OT I had actually worked more that 8 hours of OT a week, even though I couldn't work Tuesdays or Thursdays and some Saturdays, and that I had met the 48 hour work week requirement and the fired without cause so I was eligible for UI.

I worked at another place that was closing down their operations in Illinois so they laid everybody off. But before this they went and fired everybody that they could for even the tiniest of infractions, then gave those who remained 60 days notice so they wouldn't have to pay the notice pay and didn't offer anybody a severance package. These people went and challenged everybody's UI, the people who they fired and the people that were laid off and won most of the cases even with the people who were laid off. Most of the people who were working there were also in school so they were able to deny them UI by saying that they weren't able to work any shift available because they were in school. It takes a special kind of evil to do something like that.
 
2013-07-14 11:24:09 AM  

Girion47: clkeagle: Sounds like you've never been to a town with less than 15,000 residents.

those towns begged Wal-Mart for these jobs, those towns snubbed the local owners because they thought they could get ahead of those "rich" or "uppity" people by working at Walmart, and they probably gloated when those local owners went out of business.

Excuse me if I have trouble feeling sympathy for the Wal-mart cock suckers that ruined their own town.

Their children?  I pity them because their parents screwed them out good employment opportunities.

Oh well, yet another fark up that the younger generations are going to have to suffer thanks to the Boomers.


That's my point. The boomers have already gutted education, so none of these small-town kids (other than one or two football players) have an opportunity to leave for college. And now that the boomers have run every business except Wal-Mart and one crooked bank out of town, they are either unemployed or forced to work at Wal-Mart.

Many of them, as they turn 20 or 21, would love nothing more than to pack up and leave town. But how can they afford to? Even if they get offered something as simple as a warehouse or data-entry job 1.5 hours away, how can they afford to move? Entry level jobs don't exactly pay relocation expenses.
 
2013-07-14 11:34:46 AM  

Saberus Terras: The Voice of Doom: Juc
I noticed they wrote down that I didn't quit, I was fired for being unsuitable for the position.

That could actually have been a favor. I've some vague memory about quitting vs firing being important when you want to collect unemployment payments, but I'm neither American nor a lawyer.

Not really.  While you can't collect unemployment for quitting, same thing also applies if you're fired 'with cause' i.e. you did something that was against policy, or was not doing what you were supposed to be.

Sadly, most places don't inquire further than that, if the employer states they had cause, that's it, no money for you.  Even if the cause is "Fark you, that's why"

Had an employer do that to me, after I got on UI because I was let go for lack of demand (which counts as without cause), they turned around and said I was terminated with cause instead, and cut off the trickle of money.


This is another thing that is just weird to us Brits. Unemployment benefit and whether it is paid or not is nothing to do with the employer, they don't lose out or care whether you get it or not. And employment law is such that firing someone without good reason, and following the correct disciplinary and termination procedure, is grounds for a fired employee to go to the industrial tribunal and get compensation, as long as you've worked there two years for most reasons, or at any time for discrimination on race, sex or age grounds.
If you quit the employer is more than happy to put that down as it means you have no grounds to sue.
 
2013-07-14 11:52:10 AM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: As a former Wal-Mart employee, I do have plenty of stories to tell about the things I've seen (sexual harassment, disregard of disabilities, racial profiling) and the incompetence of the store managers.  I also worked at several other retail/grocery outlets to get through college.  The stories of Wal-Mart are no different from any other low-rent, plug-in-anyone-we-want jobs that are out there.




The diffence here is that Walmart has the money in the bank to make life less miserable for it's employees, and is big enough not to go through the lengths it does to make its employees miserable.

Compare to Costco, which actually seems to think of its employees as living human beings...and is still able to turn a profit. It's not like they are using some kind of voodoo witchcraft.
 
2013-07-14 11:53:50 AM  

Flint Ironstag: Strangely the way they treat employees, sorry "colleagues", in their Asda subsidiary in the UK is very different. Everyone seems very happy in my local Asda, even when I'm shopping there at 3AM because I've run out of milk.


Well, people are happier when they don't have to worry about healthcare for one thing.
 
2013-07-14 12:00:03 PM  

NewportBarGuy: abhorrent1: How about you quit biatching or quit working at walmart?

Wal-Mart employs 1% of the country. That would create a lot of unemployed people. Great idea!


All the stores that aren't walmart would pick up the business and start hiring.

Then people could biatch about working in those stores.
 
2013-07-14 12:01:53 PM  

snowshovel: whizbangthedirtfarmer: As a former Wal-Mart employee, I do have plenty of stories to tell about the things I've seen (sexual harassment, disregard of disabilities, racial profiling) and the incompetence of the store managers.  I also worked at several other retail/grocery outlets to get through college.  The stories of Wal-Mart are no different from any other low-rent, plug-in-anyone-we-want jobs that are out there.

The diffence here is that Walmart has the money in the bank to make life less miserable for it's employees, and is big enough not to go through the lengths it does to make its employees miserable.

Compare to Costco, which actually seems to think of its employees as living human beings...and is still able to turn a profit. It's not like they are using some kind of voodoo witchcraft.


Oh, well sure, but what a lot of people miss is that the "store managers" are almost as bad off as the employees--stupidly low wages, no opportunity for advancement, and easy to replace.  They also get the bonus of working long hours (minimum of 48 hours a week, with at least one 12 hour shift per week required, last I heard).  So, when we talk about all of the things Wal-Mart could do for its employees, it's going to include everyone that's not involved in central office.
 
2013-07-14 12:06:05 PM  

snowshovel: whizbangthedirtfarmer: As a former Wal-Mart employee, I do have plenty of stories to tell about the things I've seen (sexual harassment, disregard of disabilities, racial profiling) and the incompetence of the store managers.  I also worked at several other retail/grocery outlets to get through college.  The stories of Wal-Mart are no different from any other low-rent, plug-in-anyone-we-want jobs that are out there.

The diffence here is that Walmart has the money in the bank to make life less miserable for it's employees, and is big enough not to go through the lengths it does to make its employees miserable.

Compare to Costco, which actually seems to think of its employees as living human beings...and is still able to turn a profit. It's not like they are using some kind of voodoo witchcraft.


The thing is things are visibly getting worse for Wal-Mart, they posted a weaker quarterly earning than expected in May, while at the same time Costo is doing great. They tried to blame the weather, but I think they've just cut as much as they can cut without customers giving up on them. Wal-Mart service is terrible, and its gotten a lot worse in the past year because they've cut the number of people working at any given time to make sure they have good quarterly earnings next time. Idiots, just caring about quarterly earnings isn't going to be viable down the road, because eventually you can't keep cutting.

Anyway, I wish we could all crowd source somehow to band against Wal-Mart/make them understand that this shiat isn't right/educate others. They are the largest employer in the United States after all, so there would be an effect. Not sure how we'd go about that though.
 
2013-07-14 12:09:09 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: snowshovel: whizbangthedirtfarmer: As a former Wal-Mart employee, I do have plenty of stories to tell about the things I've seen (sexual harassment, disregard of disabilities, racial profiling) and the incompetence of the store managers.  I also worked at several other retail/grocery outlets to get through college.  The stories of Wal-Mart are no different from any other low-rent, plug-in-anyone-we-want jobs that are out there.

The diffence here is that Walmart has the money in the bank to make life less miserable for it's employees, and is big enough not to go through the lengths it does to make its employees miserable.

Compare to Costco, which actually seems to think of its employees as living human beings...and is still able to turn a profit. It's not like they are using some kind of voodoo witchcraft.

Oh, well sure, but what a lot of people miss is that the "store managers" are almost as bad off as the employees--stupidly low wages, no opportunity for advancement, and easy to replace.  They also get the bonus of working long hours (minimum of 48 hours a week, with at least one 12 hour shift per week required, last I heard).  So, when we talk about all of the things Wal-Mart could do for its employees, it's going to include everyone that's not involved in central office.


The thing is, there is no incentive for things to change for the better. All central office cares about are the sales figures, and thus management passes along that everything is fine while cutting hours so they can keep payroll low and get a bonus.
 
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