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2013-11-18 04:33:41 PM  
If Walmart just took say 250 million of that 15.7 billion they make in a year, and dedicated it to profit sharing among it's employees, can you image how much different it would be?  People working there might actually be semi-pleasant. The stores might actually be bearable to go into and not make you feel like your soul is being sucked out.

In turn, they might actually MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY and shed some of the negative reputation  It's a crazy thought but it just might work.
 
2013-11-18 04:35:45 PM  

Joe Blowme: cman: Joe Blowme: Well I use Mac/Linux...: I'm sure if everyone bashing the Waltons on here were given $30B they would still be championing higher wages for all on Fark.com, and not lounging on a yacht somewhere in the tropics.

So generous with OTHER peoples money

The economy is a tool to improve people's lives

That is the whole point of it

If it doesn't improve peoples lives then it isn't living up to its promise.

Its called reality, life aint always fair, get used to it.

/get busy living or get busy dying.... oh Andy


Life isn't fair? No shiat, Sherlock.

The economy is a great tool to not only improve lives but also to advance civilization. The technological wonders that have come thanks to modern banking and investment finance are easily overlooked. The rise of banking and the industrial revolution happened at the same time, and that isn't a coincidence.

How does basic economics work? Simple: velocity. The faster that money moves the better off the economy is because we are consuming more which forces businesses to increase production and R&D.

I love this technological paradise. I love it very much so. But, we can do much better. If we can speed up the exchange of money for goods we speed up everything that goes with it, including, as I said, technological advancements.

Velocity is a problem when people don't have money to spend. You can't draw blood from a stone.
 
2013-11-18 04:36:00 PM  

blunto: In turn, they might actually MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY and shed some of the negative reputation It's a crazy thought but it just might work.


I'm certain one of our resident water-carriers will come in and be offended that you even though that.
 
2013-11-18 04:38:25 PM  

whidbey: neversubmit: whidbey: neversubmit: whidbey: neversubmit: whidbey: neversubmit: a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude

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Whiskey Rebellion

I would submit "they" put the same chemicals in Jack Daniels.

My point was alcohol didn't work today we have better chems.

I don't think you got mine.

I'm sure of it.

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Dude, what better chemical is there that makes you want to slouch down in front of megacorp TV and get your news from Fox/CNN/NASCAR than shiatty rice filler beer?

It's been done. We just to get to the whole concentration camp thing. We could make it look like someone's living room. Or Hooters. Only the kitchen's closed.


It's called liquid courage for a reason.
 
2013-11-18 04:39:03 PM  

cman: Life isn't fair? No shiat, Sherlock.

The economy is a great tool to not only improve lives but also to advance civilization. The technological wonders that have come thanks to modern banking and investment finance are easily overlooked. The rise of banking and the industrial revolution happened at the same time, and that isn't a coincidence.

How does basic economics work? Simple: velocity. The faster that money moves the better off the economy is because we are consuming more which forces businesses to increase production and R&D.

I love this technological paradise. I love it very much so. But, we can do much better. If we can speed up the exchange of money for goods we speed up everything that goes with it, including, as I said, technological advancements.

Velocity is a problem when people don't have money to spend. You can't draw blood from a stone.


This. Read this and understand.
 
2013-11-18 04:40:03 PM  

blunto: If Walmart just took say 250 million of that 15.7 billion they make in a year, and dedicated it to profit sharing among it's employees, can you image how much different it would be?  People working there might actually be semi-pleasant. The stores might actually be bearable to go into and not make you feel like your soul is being sucked out.

In turn, they might actually MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY and shed some of the negative reputation  It's a crazy thought but it just might work.


Yeah... giving them all 120 bucks a year would really change lives.
 
2013-11-18 04:40:13 PM  

cman: You can't draw blood from a stone.


4.bp.blogspot.com

You might if you asked her nicely. Probably not a wise fan request, though.
 
2013-11-18 04:40:55 PM  
Here's how to make a living:
1) If you're a 16 year old, get a job at a Walmart.
2) If you're older than that, you need to get a degree, you idiot.
3) If you get a degree, you're an idiot and no one told you there would be a job waiting for you, you ... snowflake.
4) Have your parents give you $20,000 and start a multi-billion dollar corporation due to the tax breaks you'll get for donating $100K to various politicians' campaigns.  (Forgot to add: have your parents give you $100K to bribe the politicians).
5) You made it to this step without a job or owning a corporation? Lazy ass!  Go get a job in retail!  It's not as if there aren't any jobs in retail.
6) There is no step 6.  You need to go on food stamps and welfare, dumb ass!  Serves you right for not being born a Walton.  By the way, we're cutting out food stamps, you lazy, overeducated commie snowflake.
 
2013-11-18 04:47:02 PM  

Jgok: Letrole


I also note that the google search for "Letrole /"last name/" " fails to turn up anyone in the world with the last name (excuse me, *SURname) of Letrole.


*SURprise, SURprise,  SURprise [NOT]
 
2013-11-18 04:47:09 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Joe Blowme: Start you own retail store and then pay your employees anything you want.

Can't afford to, Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets in a way that stifles competition and disadvantages people who sell their labor and they're doing it (at least partially) at the expense of the public. In a civilized country what they're doing would be illegal.


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2013-11-18 04:47:23 PM  

jaytkay: Six members of the Walton family (the original owners of WalMart) have more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans.


mofa: Here's how to make a living:
1) If you're a 16 year old, get a job at a Walmart.
2) If you're older than that, you need to get a degree, you idiot.
3) If you get a degree, you're an idiot and no one told you there would be a job waiting for you, you ... snowflake.
4) Have your parents give you $20,000 and start a multi-billion dollar corporation due to the tax breaks you'll get for donating $100K to various politicians' campaigns.  (Forgot to add: have your parents give you $100K to bribe the politicians).
5) You made it to this step without a job or owning a corporation? Lazy ass!  Go get a job in retail!  It's not as if there aren't any jobs in retail.
6) There is no step 6.  You need to go on food stamps and welfare, dumb ass!  Serves you right for not being born a Walton.  By the way, we're cutting out food stamps, you lazy, overeducated commie snowflake.


And yet those who are hoarding weapons and planning revolution are bigots who are scared of things that aren't really there, yet backing this sort of behavior.  Hell of a thing America has going for it.
 
2013-11-18 04:50:12 PM  
If you could rid the world of cancer or Wal-Mart, which would you choose? I find myself actually stopping to think about it.
 
2013-11-18 04:52:56 PM  

mofa: Here's how to make a living:
1) If you're a 16 year old, get a job at a Walmart.
2) If you're older than that, you need to get a degree, you idiot.
3) If you get a degree, you're an idiot and no one told you there would be a job waiting for you, you ... snowflake.
4) Have your parents give you $20,000 and start a multi-billion dollar corporation due to the tax breaks you'll get for donating $100K to various politicians' campaigns.  (Forgot to add: have your parents give you $100K to bribe the politicians).
5) You made it to this step without a job or owning a corporation? Lazy ass!  Go get a job in retail!  It's not as if there aren't any jobs in retail.
6) There is no step 6.  You need to go on food stamps and welfare, dumb ass!  Serves you right for not being born a Walton.  By the way, we're cutting out food stamps, you lazy, overeducated commie snowflake.


Step 3a.  If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree.  Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them:  Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.  
Step 3b.  If you don't plan on getting a useful degree, skip college.  Try a trade school.

Failing either of those, proceed to step 5.
 
2013-11-18 04:55:36 PM  

star_topology: If you could rid the world of cancer or Wal-Mart, which would you choose? I find myself actually stopping to think about it.


Medical science will determine they are the same thing.
 
2013-11-18 04:57:33 PM  
Aren't they supposed to be working on Thanksgiving?
 
2013-11-18 04:57:34 PM  

Dirty Doug: The fact is that the employees choose to work there, just like the consumers choose to shop there.  You can't act like they don't have any other options.  They just may not like those options.  At the end of the day, if they refused to work for those wages, the wages would go up, or would go to people who are willing to work for those wages.

Go work somewhere else.  What?  Nobody else is handing out money to people who haven't bothered to learn a trade, get a degree, etc?  Let's all cry like little biatches about it.  That will solve it.  Better yet, let's cry until some moron in the government passes a law to fix it.  Then start crying about the prices going up.  Start crying about the little businesses that go under.

Guess who loses?  Guess who pays?  All you sell-outs who still shop at WalMart (and the other stores that treat their employees like crap).

// Won't shop at WalMart


Not only are you mean spirited, but you are ignorant and stupid.

Why don't you do some research on Walmarts bully tactics on suppliers and such as, nimrod.
 
2013-11-18 05:00:02 PM  
Grand_Moff_Joseph:

Sam's Choice brand, of course.  and it was probably pulled from the Grocery department return cart, which has been sitting behind the customer service desk all day with now spoiled milk and meat products in it.

What do you mean "return cart"
That is the collection basket
 
2013-11-18 05:01:43 PM  

Pocket Ninja: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Why? What if someone's family just lost the other paycheck? What if they just had triplets? What if someone was in a car wreak and couldn't work the hours?

There are many reason why someone would need help other than "haha Wal-Mart doesn't pay"

Oh, I agree, there's plenty of good reasons for Wal-Mart to do this. And, actually, lots of companies do things like this around the holidays.

But when you set this alongside the well-established issues around worker compensation and Wal-Mart, and frame it with the short-on-details article that actually got greenlit, you'd have to be blind to not see how this has the potential to play very, very badly from a media relations perspective.


And we, as the general public, should care more about the factual information than the media relations pandering from either side.  These 'images' and 'reports' are being circulated around the internet by Union interest groups.  I'd much rather hear from the employees (associates!) at the store, than someone from either side of the spectrum with a media relations agenda.
 
2013-11-18 05:04:30 PM  

runwiz: Aren't they supposed to be working on Thanksgiving?


Funny'd
 
2013-11-18 05:06:21 PM  
sufferpuppet:Step 3a.  If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree.  Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them:  Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.  
Step 3b.  If you don't plan on getting a useful degree, skip college.  Try a trade school.

Failing either of those, proceed to step 5.


The fact is that the average real wage for most STEM careers hasn't gone up since the early 80's, just because you can earn a living wage while being ripped off doesn't mean that you're not being ripped off.
 
2013-11-18 05:06:24 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Joe Blowme: Start you own retail store and then pay your employees anything you want.

Can't afford to, Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets in a way that stifles competition and disadvantages people who sell their labor and they're doing it (at least partially) at the expense of the public. In a civilized country what they're doing would be illegal.


That assumes that they bear some responsibility for their employees.  They will pay as little as they can to get the staffing they need.  We can either tax them at a higher rate to offset the cost of providing government assistance to their underpaid employees or we can raise the minimum they pay to a level that doesn't require government assistance, or we can continue to allow this open wound in our economy to hemorrhage money while the business owners make out like bandits.  It's up to us because they have no incentive to change themselves.  Civilized countries pay wages their people can live on and tax their people at a rate that can pay for their expenses.  I'm having trouble thinking of a country that meets those criteria.
 
2013-11-18 05:09:19 PM  
 
2013-11-18 05:12:25 PM  

sufferpuppet: Step 3a. If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree. Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them: Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.


And here we have one of the major problems of America, anti-intellectualism.

Voiceofreason01: Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets in a way that stifles competition


The existence of Costco and others says otherwise. Walmart isn't keeping anyone from paying their employees well. Indeed the more people who do so the harder it gets for Walmart.
 
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2013-11-18 05:13:10 PM  

mongbiohazard: No doubt many of those people work harder than you or I do


Having done all kinds of jobs in my lifetime, from retail to assembly to yacht painting, to food service, I can definitely say they work a lot harder than I do nowadays. I'm in IT now, and I mostly get paid for knowing stuff, not for doing stuff.

Everybody should spend some time trying to get by as an 'unskilled' worker.
 
2013-11-18 05:13:50 PM  

UseLessHuman:  Civilized countries pay wages their people can live on and tax their people at a rate that can pay for their expenses.  I'm having trouble thinking of a country that meets those criteria.


Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Finland...there are more. Walmart's business model is damaging and because of their size it's market distorting. It's bad for workers, other retailers, State Government and it's bad for the economy as a whole. But I suppose it is very good for the Walton family and they're "job creators" so there's that.
 
2013-11-18 05:16:59 PM  

Ant: mongbiohazard: No doubt many of those people work harder than you or I do

Having done all kinds of jobs in my lifetime, from retail to assembly to yacht painting, to food service, I can definitely say they work a lot harder than I do nowadays. I'm in IT now, and I mostly get paid for knowing stuff, not for doing stuff.

Everybody should spend some time trying to get by as an 'unskilled' worker.


That's the rub. It's easier just to look down and dispense free advice, I suppose.
 
2013-11-18 05:17:47 PM  

WhyteRaven74: sufferpuppet: Step 3a. If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree. Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them: Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.

And here we have one of the major problems of America, anti-intellectualism.

Voiceofreason01: Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets in a way that stifles competition

The existence of Costco and others says otherwise. Walmart isn't keeping anyone from paying their employees well. Indeed the more people who do so the harder it gets for Walmart.


I don't think its anti-illectualism. I believe we are more of anti-elitist. We Americans love learning about everything. It doesn't matter the subject, each American has something that they like to learn everything about.
 
2013-11-18 05:25:56 PM  
Walmart is cat puke.
 
2013-11-18 05:26:07 PM  

cman: I don't think its anti-illectualism. I believe we are more of anti-elitist. We Americans love learning about everything. It doesn't matter the subject, each American has something that they like to learn everything about.


retired.talkingpointsmemo.com
 
2013-11-18 05:28:24 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Voiceofreason01: Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets in a way that stifles competition

The existence of Costco and others says otherwise. Walmart isn't keeping anyone from paying their employees well. Indeed the more people who do so the harder it gets for Walmart.


Stifling competition does not mean that there isn't any(although a much better example would be Target which is suffering), just look at what Walmart does to small retailers in the area's affected by it's stores. There really isn't a question whether or not Walmart is distorting the labor and retail markets. What's more debatable is how much and how much damage it's doing.
 
2013-11-18 05:33:08 PM  

whidbey: cman: I don't think its anti-illectualism. I believe we are more of anti-elitist. We Americans love learning about everything. It doesn't matter the subject, each American has something that they like to learn everything about.

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Well, most Americans...
 
2013-11-18 05:37:46 PM  

whidbey: Everybody should spend some time trying to get by as an 'unskilled' worker.

That's the rub. It's easier just to look down and dispense free advice, I suppose.


I did it... can I dispense free advice?

Learn a trade... show up on time... work hard. It's not that hard.

Welders and electricians are in very high demand... and make a comfortable living.
 
2013-11-18 05:40:41 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: whidbey: Everybody should spend some time trying to get by as an 'unskilled' worker.

That's the rub. It's easier just to look down and dispense free advice, I suppose.

I did it... can I dispense free advice?

Learn a trade... show up on time... work hard. It's not that hard.

Welders and electricians are in very high demand... and make a comfortable living.


Great. So why don't you quit your job and become one?
 
2013-11-18 05:45:31 PM  
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FTFA:"It's proof our employees care for each other."

Don't go to America.  It's a terrible place.
 
2013-11-18 05:48:55 PM  

whidbey: Welders and electricians are in very high demand... and make a comfortable living.

Great. So why don't you quit your job and become one?


I'm doing just fine... but thanks for your concern.
 
2013-11-18 05:52:11 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: whidbey: Welders and electricians are in very high demand... and make a comfortable living.

Great. So why don't you quit your job and become one?

I'm doing just fine... but thanks for your concern.


Well then maybe you should take some of your free time out and learn what it means to be trapped into a cycle of poverty. Because you obviously don't know, hence the free advice.
 
2013-11-18 05:52:22 PM  
Never shopped at WalMart, just what am I missing?
 
2013-11-18 05:55:05 PM  

WhyteRaven74: sufferpuppet: Step 3a. If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree. Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them: Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.

And here we have one of the major problems of America, anti-intellectualism.


Nothing anti-intellectual about it.  It in fact encourages the use of your intellect.  If your goal for college is to ultimately make money, going thousands into debt with no marketable skills to show for it is a poor choice.  Aim for a profession that will let you pay back that loan some day.

If your goal for your education isn't a financial one, grab your rainbow and make a wish.  Just don't get all teary eyed if the rest of the world doesn't appreciate your efforts.
 
2013-11-18 05:57:41 PM  

sufferpuppet: If your goal for your education isn't a financial one, grab your rainbow and make a wish.  Just don't get all teary eyed if the rest of the world doesn't appreciate your efforts.


Let me guess, liberal arts/humanities degrees=shiat tier education
engineers=good

Because that's where we're headed with this.
 
2013-11-18 05:59:51 PM  

sufferpuppet: WhyteRaven74: sufferpuppet: Step 3a. If you're going to get a useful degree, get a degree. Useful degrees often have one or more of these words in them: Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemistry.

And here we have one of the major problems of America, anti-intellectualism.

Nothing anti-intellectual about it.  It in fact encourages the use of your intellect.  If your goal for college is to ultimately make money, going thousands into debt with no marketable skills to show for it is a poor choice.  Aim for a profession that will let you pay back that loan some day.

If your goal for your education isn't a financial one, grab your rainbow and make a wish.  Just don't get all teary eyed if the rest of the world doesn't appreciate your efforts.


You make a good point.  Those go-getter business school grads really did well for themselves in the past few decades.

They farked the economy and the 99%, but they have what they want and everyone else can go fark themselves.
 
2013-11-18 06:06:32 PM  

whidbey: sufferpuppet: If your goal for your education isn't a financial one, grab your rainbow and make a wish.  Just don't get all teary eyed if the rest of the world doesn't appreciate your efforts.

Let me guess, liberal arts/humanities degrees=shiat tier education
engineers=good

Because that's where we're headed with this.


Study whatever floats your boat.  But if your goal is to make money, one of these is more reliable than the other.  If your goal isn't to make money, try not to act shocked or tell us the system is broken when you don't make money.
 
2013-11-18 06:09:21 PM  

letrole: Anyone who makes snide remarks about Wal-Mart also tends to:

1. Own a TV but haven't turned it on in years
2. Drink microbrewery beer
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Ride a bike wearing spandex stretch trousers
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Feign disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac


1.  Nope.  Own a TV, used it yesterday to rewatch 80s mass market movies & TV.
2.  Yep.
3.  Nope.
4.  Nope.
5.  Hell no.  Their coffee is too high priced.
6.  They are cute.
7.  Nope.
8.  Nope.
9.  Nope.
10.  As another poster says, it's not feigned.
 
2013-11-18 06:13:04 PM  

Magorn: Pocket Ninja: This article does not really make it clear (the linked one is much better, and does), but the food drive is not actually soliciting customers. It's for employees to donate food to other employees. Which is a little less bad, but still won't play very well.

Actually worse in my opinion. They recognize they have employees in need so rather than doing something for them corporately (with some of their $12 billion in annual profits) they are basically asking other employees to subsidize them (and I am sure if you don;t buy your canned goods at Wal-mart you'll hear from somebody)


If Liberals would stop going to Wal-mart to steal shiat maybe they could give raises. It is a known fact the they spend 55 % of profits on Liberal theft.

I made that number up but this time in history just being correct isn't important.
 
2013-11-18 06:16:36 PM  
If you shop at Walmart, you are part of the problem.
 
2013-11-18 06:22:44 PM  
I see WM's point on this. While none of their employees are rolling in cash, a lot of them are better off than the others.

One thing I'm getting tired of seeing on the internets is the "Oh my god Wal Mart doesn't pay high enough!"

Well, internets, you continue to shop there because of the price (no other reason to go into that craphole) and as soon as they raise the prices just a little bit, not enough enough to give a decent wage, your ass is bolting to Target.

So STFU with your outrage.
 
2013-11-18 06:46:45 PM  

Thingster: Heffaloo: Voiceofreason01: Fark It: A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other.
"This store has been doing this for several years and is for associates that have faced an extreme hardship recently," spokesman Kory Lundberg told us.
Lundberg says an example of this would be a recent layoff in the family or some other financial hardship.

Like working for WalMart?

getting their hours cut down to part time so that Walmart doesn't have to offer them health insurance, maybe?

Most of their employees have been held to part-time hours for decades.  Any time you see them brag about the average wage of a full-time Walmart employee, know that they are purposely removing 80-90% of their workforce from that average by not including the part-time workers.

Its been a few years since I worked hourly (2009), but my p/t hours were capped because if an employee worked 32 (iirc) hours a week, three weeks in a row they were *federally* defined as a f/t employee.

It sucked, because all I wanted was hours and didn't want or need any of the f/t benefits.

So it's not just the companies capping hours to be greedy. There are legal reasons why they restrict hours.


No, that's pretty much greed. They need full time workers, but they don't want to pay for full time workers, so they just get more part timers and fark everyone to make a better profit, mostly because they can. That's kinda the definition of greed.
 
2013-11-18 06:48:09 PM  

inglixthemad: Pocket Ninja: Also, I wonder which response is more likely from Wal-Mart if this really causes a viral internet outrage:

1) Gosh, wow, people are right. We thought we were being compassionate in facilitating an area for our employees to donate food to their needier co-workers, but now we understand that the very fact we needed to do this indicates that we're not paying the people we depend on to keep our stores operating enough money to survive. We get it now, we've been exploiting  the poor for entirely too long and underwriting our workforce with the sort of social safety net programs that our political arm actually rails against to score anti-regulation and anti-taxation points. Thank you for holding up this mirror for us to see ourselves and for giving us the opportunity to change.
2) Attention Wal-Mart employees: Due to recent unfavorable media coverage, any employees found bringing outside items into a store for the purposes of donation to another employee will be terminated immediately.

Either works for me. I'm also working on getting people who work even 1 minute a week kicked off of food stamps.

I figure if the right wing wants businesses off the hook, I want off the hook as well. I live a very modest looking lifestyle. I love my small house (compared to others who make the same amount) and cheaper car. I won't be targeted by the angry mobs.


Wouldn't that be nice... the angry mobs won't be checking to see if you live within your means. You'll have nicer things than they do, so you'll be a target, whether you're actually part of the problem or not. That's why so many people are for raising minimum wage, etc., because we don't want a replay of the French Revolution, where the "rich" were just killed indiscriminately, etc.
 
2013-11-18 06:54:37 PM  
I like walmart. Yeah, I said it. yeah, they do farked up things, but so do all corporations. And yeah, the pay is shiat, just like the benefits. The idea is to work your way up or out, not stay a farking cashier for forty years. Whining to get others to change things is not nearly as effective as working toward a change yourself.

To reiterate, I do not think walmart is innocent of everything they've been accused of, I an not saying people should be treated unfairly; I just think it's time people realize that a job is not the same as a career, and if your ambitions do not involve actually trying to succeed in some way, chances are you won't.
 
2013-11-18 07:05:31 PM  

Well I use Mac/Linux...: I'm sure if everyone bashing the Waltons on here were given $30B they would still be championing higher wages for all on Fark.com, and not lounging on a yacht somewhere in the tropics.


With $30B, you could comfortably do both.  Paul Allen's insane yacht, with its two helicopters and submarine, only cost $200M to buy and about $20M/year to own and operate.  Which means... with $30 Billion, you can buy an utterly insane superyacht and sail it around for the next 100 years, and throw in an extra $10M a year in spending money... and at the end of that hundred years, *you will still have 26.8 billion dollars left*.

It is hard to overstate how much money thirty billion dollars is.  With the the money left over after you build and run your yacht for 100 years, while blowing $10 million a year on whatever you feel like, you could pay more than 500,000 people the average US family income one time.  Alternatively, if you stuck it in a crappy investment that returned 2%, you could pay roughly 11,000 people the median household income *forever*.
 
2013-11-18 07:15:22 PM  

Carn: d23: Carn: abhorrent1: FFS. I'm so sick of hearing people biatch about walmart. Get a different farking job then. It's not like retail jobs a rare and hard to get.

Yeah go earn $7.25 at some other hellhole like Sam's Club or Target or Best Buy.  That'll solve all your problems.

I would patronize costco if there was one near me.

Secondly, Sam's Club is basically the same store, so that doesn't make much sense.

I've been thinking about getting a Costco membership and shopping there on occasion only for the fact that they treat their people well.  I wish Wegman's were closer to me too.


Honestly, you should shop at Costco because it's amazing. Their store-brand food is actually really good, their prices are amazing (including on stuff like TVs), and even their cake decorators are competent. Some of their stores even have eyeglass shops and printer-ink refills available (fill two ink cartridges and you've paid for the membership right there, seriously). They are good to both their employees AND their customers. The only good reason not to shop there, if there's one around, is not having the storage space/car for large quantities, and even then, there are some good deals in the pharmacy and electronics areas.
 
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