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I’m almost positive that any time I read anything about Wal-Mart, it is negative. Still, I am interested in how the company that people RAVE about is actually destroying our country. No one ever questions how the company can stay afloat with prices so low. It’s probably their questionable means of maximizing profit: keeping wages low and using low-quality products. The fact that the CEO in 2008 received a “$32 million salary”(125) while Wal-Mart workers were qualifying for “taxpayer-funded food stamps, health care and other programs” (124) does not reflect well on the company. In addition, sexism seems to be a problem with in the Wal-Mart company. Finding a female Wal-Mart manager is almost as hard as finding one with a good salary. Wal-Mart spokespeople said that, “they expected Wal-Mart workers to have another source of income, such as a spouse.” (124). In addition to low wages, not being paid has also been an issue within the Wal-Mart company. In 2002, Wal-Mart failed “to pay workers for all the hours they had worked. The company paid $50 million in overdue wages.” (124). The combination of these three key issues as well as other problems is proof that Wal-Mart is not the friendly company they claim to be!

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  1. Kathleen
    November 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Thanks, Marian. You did a good job supporting your opinion on Wal Mart with quotes from the reading. Don’t forget to include a question for the author, you can add one in a comment. Thanks!

  2. November 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Considering the awful treatment Wal-Mart employees receive and the quality of Wal-Mart’s product, why do you believe it is not covered in the media? That is, why don’t more people come forward with their experiences with Wal-Mart?

    • Kathleen
      November 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Good question. Especially poignant when you consider what role media might be playing in what is essentially the silencing of some of these experiences. Thanks!

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