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(Huffington Post)   Walmart CEO says that Walmart does pay a living wage. And by 'living wage' he means 'enough money for a cardboard box and a can of Alpo'   ( huffingtonpost.com) divider line
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2012-12-14 11:01:15 AM  
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MugzyBrown: The term living wage is idiotic.

You can live off $6/hr working only 40 hours a week unless you make stupid life decisions... yes even in the city.

The name of that city is New Delhi, India.
2012-12-14 11:13:01 AM  
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FarkedOver: MugzyBrown: Random Anonymous Blackmail: If you have a second job and sell drugs on the side.

A cheap one bedroom is $500-600/month here in fly over country

You can get a 2 bedroom apt in Philly for $800 per month.

When I was in school and making just over minimum wage I had 3 roomates in a 2 bedroom apartment. Splitting rent and utilities and basic food 4 ways makes it pretty damn cheap.

So you suggest living in a commune?

If you can't heat the place with the body warmth of your roommates, you just aren't doing it right.
2012-12-14 10:53:13 AM  
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So I was in the liquidation store and saw these big bags of quality dog food for sale - cheap. I checked the label to make sure it wasn't made in China & bought one.
The dog LOVED it - so much so that he'd gobble it down too quickly then barf it all up 10 minutes later.
Mrs. Henry & the kids kept feeding the dog this stuff & he kept blowing chunks in the hallway.
After a week of barfing it finally dawned on them to stop feeding the dog this kibble.

I'm now getting lectures on being a cheap bastard.
2012-12-14 10:46:39 AM  
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Dr Dreidel: o5iiawah: An individual can eat, sleep, pay utilities and participate in the employee benefits plan.

Sleep is free everywhere. The Man might hassle you about sleeping in the park, but that's because he's a fascist pig.

I've also known people to be trash-pickers when it comes to eating. You'd be surprised what people have to do to stay alive. That can be "free" if you lower your standards enough.

If you wear lots of coats (you can get 'em from Goodwill if you don't keep hitting the same one week after week), there's no need to pay heating bills; board games and decks of cards (also from goodwill) don't require electricity and provide endless hours of entertainment. Utilities are clearly a luxury.

In order to participate in Walmart's employee benefits plan, don't you have to work a full 40-hour week? Haven't they made a habit out of scheduling 35-hour weeks so that employees aren't eligible?

There's a stripe of belief that stamps its feet at the "lazy, shiftless" welfare leeches, then derides their choice of job as "menial", or "known to be low-end" and supports the low wages, works to cut public assistance and further derides the choices they make in trying to make a better life (like, by having a cell phone, or not living in crime-infested areas). Those are the worst kind of people - the kind that are one short burst of logical thinking away from realizing how horrible a world they wish on everyone who wasn't handed the invisible opportunities inherent in NOT living hand-to-mouth through adulthood.

So to sum up - you can probably live a frugal lifestyle on $2/day, but is that what we want to subject people who WANT TO WORK FOR A LIVING to?

A question that i like to ask (well, used to ask. I've since given up FB conversations with these people i'm going to refer to) is simply : "Do you think that someone that works 35+ hours a week deserves basic healthcare?"

The responses, quite literally, made me sad enough to just about cry. Or throw the computer out the window. Or stop talking to them.
2012-12-14 09:55:17 AM  
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I give it about 10 more years before they start paying in WalMart Buxx so their employees will have the privilege of shopping exclusively at the company store.
2012-12-14 09:51:24 AM  
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If it's good enough for Lorne Greene, it's good enough for me. That man was healthy as a horse.

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2012-12-14 08:49:21 AM  
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bingethinker: Alpo? They can afford brand name dog food? Luxury!

And they probably keep it in their refrigerator!
2012-12-13 11:58:14 PM  
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Alpo? They can afford brand name dog food? Luxury!
2012-12-13 11:54:36 PM  
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I say, I give all of my loyal courtiers a hogshead of mead, six boar shanks, and a bushel each of gruit and barley every fortnight to distribute to the peasantry that they might share in a taste of the crown's good fortune.
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