Walmart Workers’ Open Letter to Walmart’s New CEO

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 111 Comments

The following is an open letter to Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon from members of OUR Walmart.

Dear Mr. McMillon:

Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Executive Officer at Walmart. As a long-time Walmart executive, we know that you are deeply familiar with the hard work and many challenges facing associates at Walmart. Thousands of OUR Walmart members in stores across the country stand ready to work with you to change Walmart for the better under your leadership.

Many industry observers and analysts – as well as shareholders – have noted that our company’s low wages, erratic scheduling and understaffing are at the root of the out-of-stock and operational problems that have contributed to disappointing sales figures and low customer satisfaction ratings.

The low pay, coupled with inadequate hours and unpredictable scheduling, means that far too many of us cannot adequately provide for our families or contribute to our communities. For example, OUR Walmart member Barbara Collins, who worked at Walmart for more than eight years, was sometimes scheduled for as few as eight hours a week. She had to visit three different local food banks one month just to feed her family. Last year, she was illegally fired by Walmart after speaking out.

Walmart’s aggressive, and in many cases illegal, treatment of associates who speak out for better working conditions has not only prompted legal and public concerns, the company’s actions have emboldened more associates to get involved in the calls for better jobs

The call for Walmart to pay associates more and end retaliation against those who speak out has never been greater. This Black Friday, for example, tens of thousands of associates and members of our communities held protests at nearly 1,500 Walmart stores. Feeling the urgent need for Walmart to improve jobs, more than 100 of us were arrested in civil disobedience actions calling on Walmart to pay associates more and stop retaliating against those who speak out.

Your appointment as CEO provides an opportunity to begin a new chapter at Walmart. We are hopeful that you will seize this moment and change direction at Walmart in a way that reinvests in associates and our communities.

Members of OUR Walmart are committed to being partners in this endeavor.  We hope you agree that the hourly associates of OUR Walmart have an important role to play in improving our company, and we would like to meet with you with you at your earliest convenience so that you may listen to our concerns and hear our ideas for the future of Walmart.

Sincerely,

Barbara Collins
OUR Walmart member, illegally fired by Walmart
Store #2418, Placerville, CA

Charmaine Givens-Thomas
OUR Walmart member
Store #5485, Evergreen Park, IL

Anthony Goytia
OUR Walmart member
Store #2401, Duarte, CA

Cindy Murray
OUR Walmart member
Store #1985, Laurel, MD

111 Comments

  1. jckfmsincty
    February 1, 2014

    Due to its business practices, I haven’t shopped at Walmart for years.

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    • Mary Lilley-Thompson
      February 1, 2014

      Nor have my husband or I.

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    • Sandra
      February 1, 2014

      I also refuse to shop Wal-Mart due to its business practices. As a matter of fact, none of my family members shop Wal-Mart for this reason. I would reconsider this position if I felt the company was good for it’s employees and the community.

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    • Frankie Malcuit
      February 1, 2014

      We are going on our 2nd year of not shopping at Walmart. We will not shop there again until they pay their workers a fair living wage of at least $10 an hour.

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      • Sarge
        February 2, 2014

        If the workers are unhappy with Wal*Mart why don’t they seek employment else where? I did.

      • Liesa Moore
        February 2, 2014

        Unfortunately,.. that is not always an option, there are so many other factors, especially transportation, most means are not always conventional, or affordable.

      • Ophelia1
        February 4, 2014

        Maybe because Wal*Mart drives local employers away. Local businesses disappear and we are left with a big box store.

  2. Bored
    February 1, 2014

    Well, rotsa ruck, but if WalMart workers want better pay, working condition, and work rules, their best bet to get that accomplished is to unionize. It is still legal in this country for workers to join a union. CEOs and executives have lawyers to represent them, so workers, too, should have representation to negotiate their wage and benefit packages. My suggestion to WalMart workers would be to contact the Teamsters Union. They are the BEST when it comes to caring about the worker. Trust me on that.

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    • James G
      April 13, 2014

      I agree that at this point, unions would be the best bet for Walmart workers to force wages and benefits up to where they should be. The historical problem with unions is that they don’t know when to stop and eventually price workers out of a job; which is where they get their bad reputation. Find me a union that is able to balance the needs of the worker with the economics of the business and I guarantee that more workers would be unionized and businesses would be less apt to discourage unionization.

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  3. Ruth Anne Mak
    February 1, 2014

    Good letter. A loyal and respected employee will do a better job. When the public sees a business treating its employees with respect and fairness they tend to shop there more often. I avoid Walmart as much as possible because I see what goes on and I know people who work there who aren’t treated well or paid enough.

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    • doctorpete
      February 1, 2014

      It would be a better letter if it had been copy edited. At least two major corrections needed.

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      • Fred Penny
        February 1, 2014

        Doctorpete, you must be a brain surgeon to write such giblish.

      • Beverly
        February 1, 2014

        @doctorpete: It would have been a better letter had it been copyedited; at least two major corrections were needed.

    • mike oh
      February 1, 2014

      he don’t give a fuck

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      • makikijoe
        February 1, 2014

        mike oh:

        Maybe so.
        But with that attitude, nothing will change.
        We have to make him care.

    • Patrick Doyle
      February 1, 2014

      Companies like Walmart, and too many others, see their employees as costs to be minimized and not as assets to be developed. They may make money (but not as much), but they will never achieve excellence.

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      • noway!
        February 2, 2014

        it’s called HUMAN resources- as in PACKAGING resources, SHIPPING resources, CLEANING supplies… a line on the budget. EXCELLENCE is for Cartier. That’s not their goal. Their goal is to purchase excellence for themselves from profits made on “sound business practices”.

      • Patrick Doyle
        February 3, 2014

        I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

  4. Fiona Cowley
    February 1, 2014

    Looking at the Forbes 400 list of billionaires of 2013 , it really doesn not sit well that this family can have a nett private worth of in excess of about 130 billion dollars.No’s 6,7.8,and 9 if I recall correctly. From what we see in the press about this company, this money has been off the backs of people living below the breadline! I have nothing against wealth, however particulaly in this financial climate where jobs are so scarce, workers hold on to these pitiful jobs as they are terrified they will not find another. I hope you can help this family find their moral compass, and realise just how vulgar it looks.

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    • tom f
      February 1, 2014

      Mcdonald and walmart are the real welfare queens. Anyone that thinks a person earning a sub poverty wage requiring public assistance is sitting around eating bon bons and watching soap operas doesnt realize who is really getting wealthy of the tax base sitting around doing nothing to earn the money them selves ( a real entitnlement issue) then cry about their taxes and fund the legislature with political whores aka republicans whose only mission is to cut taxes. Lets be clear if the republicans had won, the talk of the deficit would be over and tax cuts would have been imposted balooning the deficit. America learned after the depression that republicans cannot be trusted with power, it is time to reaffirm the lesson.

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      • Sarge
        February 2, 2014

        Wow, sounds like you have a political axe to grind. I thought this site was about the “Workers”. Just to add, haven’t the Democrats controlled the Senate and White House for the past 5 years? And for several years before that they also had control of the House of Representatives. I would say that is a monopoly on the political power base. Hmm.

      • Velvet Page
        February 2, 2014

        If you’d been paying any attention at all, you’d realize that the Republicans control the House and they’ve been killing any idea that gets anywhere near them, including some from their own party, to the point where they’re on track to be the least-productive House of Representatives in HISTORY. Nothing is getting through to the Senate, and if it starts in the Senate, it gets stalled in the House.

      • floridanativee
        February 2, 2014

        Obama controlled the House and the Senate for 2 years and got nothing done excerpt for this horrible ObamaCare.

      • Billybob 44
        March 31, 2014

        Anything getting out of the House gets tabled in the Senate. Harry Reid has held up at least 30 bills passed by the House, so it looks like they are not doing anything.

    • noway!
      February 2, 2014

      they’re laughing -at us- all the way to the bank!

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  5. mbnick
    February 1, 2014

    Maybe they could also petition for the Company to go on a real Made in America program plus train greedy Democrats, including union shoppers, to stop buying the Chinese stuff that kills US jobs.

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    • birdwalker
      February 1, 2014

      Agree! And you saved me from writing the same thing.

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  6. mrrogerb
    February 1, 2014

    It is sad that the wealthiest, largest company in the country treats their employees as nothing more that a disposable commodity. When 7 out of the top 10 billionaires are Waltons and they treat their staff and customers as they do it is a mark on humanity. I refuse to shop in Walmart any longer until they change their practices and treat people with dignity and respect. Sam Walton never created his business to turn out this way. Shame on you Walmart.

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    • Lillian Kraemer
      February 1, 2014

      I totally agree with this statement by mrrogerb! I have boycotted shopping at Walmart for years and will not shop there until they allow their employees to unionize, pay them a decent, livable wage and treatment with respect and dignity. I spread share this belief with all of my friends.

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      • mrrogerb
        February 2, 2014

        Wal-Mart has turned into a disgrace and will pay the price for the way they have treated people. Nothing but pure greed.

  7. Kathy Felch
    February 1, 2014

    Walmart workers want pay.

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  8. James Kroeger
    February 1, 2014

    I wish all these workers well in their endeavors for a better workplace and pay. You’d think WalMart executives would use the simple philosophy…a happy employee is a more productive employee. Get with the program WalMart and help make this store what it originally used to be.

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    • inchworm
      February 1, 2014

      Unfortunately, since jobs have been moved to the sweat shops in Asia for decades the employees here are nothing more than expendable.

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      • James Kroeger
        February 1, 2014

        I’m afraid I have to agree with you inchworm. Sure wish we could return to the good-old days! Now a thing of the past.

      • Ophelia1
        February 4, 2014

        Our politicians allowed jobs to be moved to sweat shops and how did the American people respond? They remained in their daze. Some even defended it!

    • Darkwolf
      February 3, 2014

      Sam Walton believed in that… When he ran Wal-mart was profitable but also workers got what they needed and he made sure all were happy but back then they only in Midwest. Since his death and the stores expansion everything became about profits. I know he is ashamed of what his legacy has become

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  9. BJM2
    February 1, 2014

    I like most of the comments, but there is one comment that had a major error in it. I know that mbnick meant to say greedy Republicans, but accidentally said Democrats. We all know that most of the companies that export manufacturing to China are run by Republicans, not Democrats. Anyway, I too, refuse to shop at Walmart until they change their practices and, not only pay their employees decent wages, but bring back all those manufacturing contracts to the US. I have a nephew who USED to work for Walmart in their corporate offices and he said that they would drop a supplier unless they agreed to close their plants in the US and open them in China. The sad part is that, to get our point across by not shopping at Walmart, it is hurting those employees who are trying to feed their family on very little. That is why it is important for the Republicans to STOP trying to eliminate food stamps. Get companies like Walmart to have integrity and patriotism, and we will eventually have no need for food stamps.

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    • inchworm
      February 1, 2014

      Is there is more sinister and concerted effort at work. GOP (“greedy opportunistic party”) moves production operations to Asia using indentured servants, puts profits in offshore accounts thereby circumventing the payment of taxes as employers here learn the process of squeezing the employee who fears for his job because there are no jobs. When there are no more people able to buy the product it won’t matter because the multi-billionaires will have amassed everything and the remaining angry starving peasants will conveniently kill each other off.

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    • Sarge
      February 2, 2014

      No, he was correct. Greedy Democrats. Who is in power now? Executive Branch, Senate, Suprreme Court. Take a look folks.

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    • dottie1978
      February 3, 2014

      Cant we stop making everything political? This has nothing to do with republicans or democrats. I am a staunch republican and believe in food stamps, for those that need a hand up. I actually was on welfare years ago. Unfortunately, I have also seen lots of people who are gaming the system . (which I wont even get into). Walmart does not care if the supplier is in China or America. They only care about their profit. They have bidding wars with suppliers and squeeze the suppliers profit margins down to pennies. It just so happens that everything is cheaper to produce in China due to low wages and their lax environmental laws. American companies are held to EPA standards and min wage. China is not. Your consumerism, is creating Chinas environment and Smog problems.CNN actually had a great show on WalMart and how they treat their suppliers. Also BTW a Democrat passed NAFTA.
      We really need to stop making everything about Democrat vs Republican, It doesn’t fix anything, it just keeps us divided , which is what the politicians want. There is no difference in Washington between Republicans and Democrats. They are all the same. they pit us against each other so that we don’t take a closer look at what they are doing because we are to busy fighting amongst ourselves We only have ourselves to blame. We say we want change, but do nothing but talk and fight amongst each other.

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      • BJM2
        February 3, 2014

        You realize that unless the average American knows and acknowledges what all politicians are doing, and votes accordingly, nothing will improve in this country. And, I was sharing first hand knowledge of Walmart’s policies. My nephew was the one who told me about Walmart SPECIFICALLY telling their supplier to SHUT their plant in the US and move to China or they would DROP that supplier. And – get real, MOST corporations are run by Republicans who are bribing Republican politicians to make decisions based on what will make them more money – not what is good for most Americans. Those politicians need to be named and voted out of office. Only then, will the direction of this country improve. And – if that politician is a Democrat, he needs to be voted out of office too! BTW, as a political science professor at Berkeley pointed out, there are bad things going on in both parties, but the Democrats are like a high school bake sale compared to the Republicans. Politics is controlling this country and only “we the people” have the power to change that. Then, people like Walmart can’t get rich on the back of their employees and us. But – you have to wake up and not accept your party’s word as gospel. Investigate and make an informed decision.

      • dottie1978
        February 12, 2014

        Seriously? Do you know that George Bush Sr passed more laws that benefit the environment then Clinton or Obama? You do know that Lincoln was a Republican too right? Do you know that a Democrat from the 50’s is certainly nothing like a democrat in the 80’s, 90’s or today and that some have argued if JFK was to run today, he may as well have been considered a republican? You really think most companies are run by republicans? I would doubt that, and would like to see figures rather then conjecture. I can tell you that when I drive by the affulant homes in my area they all had Obama signs out. As someone in middle class, I have always done better with a republian president in office then a democrat, Obviously you have drunk the political kool aid and are part of the us vs them mentality I wrote of above. Do you seriously think Obama or any politican that matter really cares about you? Do you think Hilary Clinton goes to bed at night worried about you? No..none of them do… Someone whom truly cares about the “people” will never get elected.. We tell our kids,, you can be president.. what we fail to mention is, you can be president if you have millions of dollars, powerful friends , an sell your soul. Lincoln, would never get elected today, he wasn’t a millionaire. WE have made it impossible to elect someone fair who has our best interests at heart. Until we change campaign funding laws, and mandate term limits, thats how it will always be. As far as China you should read up a little more on their economy. Their government subsizes most of the manufacter. Thats why if you go on ebay etc, you’ll see Chinese sellers listing items for pennies. They also don’t follow International Patent laws so they steal peoples intellectual property. Not to mention their steel is substandard, they have barely any regulation or accountability with their food or products they ship to the USA. Like lead filled toys they sell to the Dollar Store or fake mouthwash and toothpaste they also ship to the dollar store. Who had a very close relationship with China? Clinton, also a democrat. But I am not here to say which party is better, because I think they are exactly the same. I identify more with republicans because at least they believe in personal responsibility, something that has been missing from the USA for quite some time. WalMart will continue to get rich, because people will continue to shop there, because they only care about themselves and the low prices. That unfortuantly is what has happened to America. The greatest generation created this country with its sweat, blood and hard work.Their mantra was what can I do for America. The baby boomers have destroyed this country and have only cared about themselves. Pensions used to be the norm, now you can barely find a company that offers one. Company provided health insurance was a given, now you’ll be lucky to get medicaid. The Boomers have negotiated everything away because they never thought about the generation after them. Im sorry, you got me on a rant… and I have strayed from the topic. I too used to work at WalMart, so I also know how evil they are first hand. I know how they purposefuly get their employees on welfare . I know that they take life insurance policy’s out on all their associates. I know that they have been fined tons of time for not paying over time and how they watch peoples time by the minute… That is why I dont shop there…

      • Billybob 44
        March 31, 2014

        You’re right Lincoln was a Republican and freed the slaves, now blacks vote Democrat. The Democrats are among the RICHEST members of Congress and have passed the most trade agreements. Remember, the Democrats ran the country for over 40 years and passed most of the tax breaks that they now complain about.

  10. Shirley Creazzo
    February 1, 2014

    I too avoid shopping at Walmart for its unjust treatment of its employees. Now Walmart has a wonderful opportunity to be a pioneer in turning things around in this country, and to prove they have an interest in this country’s future and the future of all its citizens. Everyone is watching. Everyone is waiting.

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  11. Philip Lee
    February 1, 2014

    My friends and I will not even go in the door as long as Walmart continues to treat their employees like serfs.

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  12. just ice
    February 1, 2014

    The executives will ruin Walmart anyway using this present strategy. Walmart is poorly run. The workers have no incentive to do a good job. Management at the Walmart s in this area is either not present or inept. The shopping experience at these stores is uncomfortable and depressing. I rarely find most things I am looking for except low quality food and clothes. Hopefully other stores will become more competitive and offer the public and Walmart workers a better more pleasant environment and reasonable opportunity. Too bad this could have been a good idea.

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  13. Jim Welch
    February 1, 2014

    Here’s my two cents… If Walmart goes union you the customer can count on higher prices. Walmart needs to stay union free and pay employees a higher wage and better benefits so they can weed out all the dead beat employees that are working for them. I’m not totally against the union, I think the union is good for certain type company’s. But not in a retail organization. There are a lot of people out there that want to work but only on their terms. They work when they want and bitch about every little thing that they feel is wrong. Company’s don’t owe an employee anything except a safe work environment, competitive wages and good benefits.

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    • k
      February 1, 2014

      That’s why I do most of my shopping at Fred Meyer’s. The prices are Competitive And They Are Union. I have no desire or need to shop at Walmart.

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      • katsii
        February 1, 2014

        i LOVED Fred Meyer – they briefly opened a store where we were, but they had supplier/transportation issues and closed :(. They of course are NOT in Oklahoma. Don’t even make me go there – this is a “right to work” state which translates into “right to be fired without cause”. It’s pitiful. Walmart is a leader in the direction that many in business in the U.S. WANT to go – if we don’t stop it here, we won’t stop it and neo-feudalism will take hold until the next revolution that such a situation will make inevitable, but only of course after much suffering.

        Did you hear that CEO in Bayer big pharma explaining that their quarter million dollar cancer treatment was meant for “western consumers who can afford it” not for Indians (in India) or obviously, not for “western” consumers who can’t afford it. Also the guy who appeared on one of the newsertainment shows who celebrates (literally bounces up and down in his chair) that 1% make so much more than the 98% because that will encourage the poverty stricken to work hard and dream of becoming one of the rich bastards at the 1% level. WTF?

    • tom f
      February 1, 2014

      Sorry to say that isnt worth two cents. You are oblivious to the fact that labor is a very very small part of overall costs, doubling wages would increase prices by about 10%, if that. You missed your chance to live the good life off slaves, the good old south is gone, sorry. You see the GOVERNMENT owes society protections against unfair practices. and if your precious business model relies on paying people $5/hour so you can become a billionare then your business model is bad. You are very ignorant (lacking practical knowledge) in your comment, do some research on costco. The government needs to act like the princpal in the school to try to keep the bully from beating up kids for their lunch money. It is so conrolled by big business now, they have set the rules to: YOU will not be given enough money to buy lunch, but it will be provided, and when you get in line for lunch they look at you and say: ‘Why do you think you are entitled to a free lunch. Having been in a business where I could not offer fair wages but was forced to offer sub living wages, I can tell you that turnover is a very very big cost, destroyig productivity and morale with the high turnover. Every coin has two sides and it is time to put the best interests of the people and the economy above business and paid for play prostitutes, i mean politics .

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    • imchworm
      February 1, 2014

      They are weeding out the employees with more and more automated checkouts. Your criticisms about, “….all the dead beat employees and people that work when they want and bitch about every little thing ….” is generalized and cannot be addressed except to say that one gets the impression you think your description encompasses the greatest majority of employees.

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  14. tfusco2
    February 1, 2014

    It’s also sad that the last CEO made 16,800+ per hour while
    the average full time worker made just $13,000 per year. This kind of economic injustice
    is an American disgrace and is why I won’t shop there.

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  15. kbrown2225
    February 1, 2014

    I will NEVER shop at a Walmart until they change their horrid employment practices!

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  16. Tandy Sturgeon
    February 1, 2014

    Why not offer this in petition form for those of us non-Facebook & Twitterers?

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    • name
      February 1, 2014

      This isn’t a petition — its an open letter to the new ceo, and people who use social media are invited to share it so the ceo knows that the world is watching =-)

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  17. usworker3
    February 1, 2014

    My wife, daughter and I DO NOT SHOP at walmart … and we WILL NOT until they change …1. LEAD the effort to bring manufacturing BACK to the US (they were the leaders in sending overseas) 2. Treat their employees with respect and dignity ..better wages and benefits ..

    This is not to much to ask for … it is the right things to do.

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    • inchworm
      February 1, 2014

      Sorry, but greed has no concern for the ethical morals of respect and dignity, better wages and benefits.

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  18. Gary Olson
    February 1, 2014

    I can’t support this company or others like them that don’t provide a living wage. I understand the philosophy behind the business model: do everything to increase profits by doing everything to reduce expenses. Not good when the covering purpose this is unbridle personal greed by the Walton family. Shame!

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  19. Kia
    February 1, 2014

    I used to shop at Walmart, however, until Walmart changes its policies towards their employees and pays them a living wage, I nor any member of my family will shop there again. I am also encouraging everyone I speak to to do the same.

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  20. loulou2lou
    February 1, 2014

    Walmart you cannot ignore this protest.You are a disgrace to the workforce.Allow the voice for change from your employes.Happy employes turn out better work.

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  21. Doug Gonzales
    February 1, 2014

    Your current business practices have kept me from shopping your stores for me and my friends for years.
    I remember the days when Sam was around and he, I’m sure with great pride, could post made in America on his store fronts. Now you should be renamed as China-Mart.

    How American is this. Not only has Walmart eXploited the American worker but Walmart have forced American manufacturers to contract their work off shore, this is highly un American.

    Take heed, you wonder why sales are down.

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    • floridanativee
      February 2, 2014

      The sales are down because of the horrible Obama economy. Look around at all of the empty stores.

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  22. Patricia Stidham-Burns
    February 1, 2014

    I refuse to shop at Walmart because of the way they treat their workers world wide! Here in the USA where people have the right to Unionize without retribution your company is breaking LAWS! There is NO reason to raise prices. Maybe the greed of the Walton’s can take a little smaller piece of the pie! Treat your Employees with dignity and stop living off the teat of the USA and draining the Welfare! Nobody that works for a living should live in poverty! Please help your Employees!They are worth it and your company will thrive because of it!

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  23. Tom. f
    February 1, 2014

    Republican politicians are so in bed with big business, gun manufacturers, banks, and the fossil fuel industry they have forgotten who they represent. Since 1% of the 1% ‘donates’ 40% of all political contributions and all serve their pledge to grover norquist above their oath of office, it is time to call them out on the lies. The economic rules of supply and demand do not apply to necessities, and since it necessary for the walton family to have employees to make their billions, They will not cut their employees in half if the minimum doubled. In addition labor, people who are considered a controllable cost by business, is such a small part of the overall cost of business, the effect would be neglidgable on prices. McDonalds already did it after threatening that a rise in the minimum would lead to higher prices; they increased prices and did not increase wages. Each of these companies is sacrificing overall economic activity to try to bolster profits. A true parasite, these companies do not care about that which keeps them alive. Using the threat of job loss to justify unfair labor practices and fight opposition. We need to increase taxes on these profit factories, then paying more to employees would reduce thier tax bill!. These companies fund the antigoverment campaign the way rapists and murders would fund the dismantling of law enforcement if they could, as it forces them to do the right thing; saying police bad must be eliminated while they are raping and murdering you. The free market unchecked brings us slavery, prostituion, and the trafficking of childrean as a sexual commodity. It is time to restore the profitablity of work.

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  24. Patrick Doyle
    February 1, 2014

    There’s a way to address the unwarranted burdens companies like this one and a number of others have placed on the American people: http://kognitivedissidence.blogspot.com/2014_01_30_archive.html

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  25. mdelcamp
    February 1, 2014

    I thought I would find opportunity when I took a job at Walmart. Instead, when I was hired as a condition of employment the interviewing managers made me sign a piece of paper suggesting I had no interest in healthcare coverage (not true) and later, just after I had turned down a different job offered me, because it was not full time with benefits, they offered the very same job to one of my coworkers. Thanks, Walmart, for the one-way trip into poverty, job loss, apartment eviction and health problems. You are the best at what you do.

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  26. jmf
    February 1, 2014

    Don’t shop at Walmart. They pay such low wages to their workers. Then they can’t afford healthcare or food. How greedy is that?

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  27. suetou50
    February 1, 2014

    As new CEO, you would be wise to take Walmart back to the way Sam ran it. Bring the jobs back to the US and treat your employees like human beings. As it stands, if people want to work a second job because they can’t make it on what little Walmart pays, they can’t because they don’t have a regular schedule. One day they work from 9am-6pm and the next, from 1pm-10pm. People who work an average of 39.3 hours/week are NOT considered full-time, so get no benefits. They also don’t know what days they have off from week to week. To say it’s a poorly run company is being generous.

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  28. Linda Hanson
    February 1, 2014

    why do I never any anything about the Walmart stores in the state of Nevada??????

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  29. K
    February 1, 2014

    I will not shop at Walmart until they change their practices. There is a huge new store being built close to me and I have no plans to ever step foot in there. I have no problem paying more money for the same items somewhere else. I hope more people will do the same.

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  30. teeky2
    February 1, 2014

    Walmart is NOT going to change course. END CORPORATE WELFARE.

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  31. Marie Lloyd
    February 1, 2014

    I’d love to back up this letter with a petition for all of us to sign. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!

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  32. petragalazio
    February 1, 2014

    Great letter. I avoid Walmart at all costs, have done so for years, and will continue to do so until they change their practices. Walmart could be a leader instead of the greedy and arrogant monster it is now. Sam Walton would cry to see what his dream has become. Shame on the Waltons.

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  33. Jo Anna Price Hoppe
    February 1, 2014

    I like the letter and approve that it be sent to the new CEO of Walmart. Wish him well.

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  34. Mary Ann
    February 1, 2014

    It is a crime what Walmart has done to our economy. First they said “All American”. That quickly changed to everything being from China or elsewhere. Then they start treating their employees badly. Excuse me – 8 hours a week? Is that woman an employee or not? She wasn’t in my book. Terrible treatment. On top of that look at the museum they built in Arkansas with all the priceless art. That was bought at the expense of their employees being treated badly. I can’t believe they have the nerve to show their faces in public. What do they do to help this country? My son hasn’t ever stepped foot in a Walmart because of the way they treat their employees and suppliers. Yes, suppliers – they have put a few out of business with their constant demands of cheaper goods at the suppliers expense. I could go on and on but won’t. I wish they would wise up.

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  35. Bill
    February 1, 2014

    I wish all past and present employees of Walmart the best of luck in this endeavor. I would just like to remind everyone that the new CEO can only do as much as the board of directors and the Walton family will allow.

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  36. Archie L.Gress
    February 1, 2014

    although I’m not a union member in any state, for more than 25 years I have boycotted all Wallmart stores, due to their unjust labor policies and inhumane treatment of their employees who protest those policies.

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  37. Sienna Flower
    February 1, 2014

    I applaud this letter. The less we focus on anger over grievances and the more action taken to address and amend them, the better. May this new CEO reflect a current and positive approach, and may all people and beings receive the support they deserve for their livelihood!

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  38. BigMic
    February 1, 2014

    Walmart’s success is a sign of economic times in America. In Germany, for example, Walmart closed their two stores because Germans don’t buy $8.00 toasters from China. Germans, no matter where they are on the economic ladder, just don’t believe in Walmart. All you people on here blaming the GOP for bad economic times are just looking for anexcuse to shop at Walmart. This company has produced 6 of the top 10 billionaires, yet, a Walmart job is the worst job you can have. Can’t you folks see what is wrong? Fix America and it’s overall economy and Walmart will be what it is…a shittyplace to shop and work. Wake up! Our country is worse now than it used to be…it’s been 6 years, no change except the destruction of healthcare. When America pays it’s employees and makes them comfortable, Walmart will fold. I know this! I detest WM and it’s billionaire family who treat their folks bad.

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  39. SamWalton
    February 1, 2014

    I am a newspaper advertising executive. Since the evolution of Walmart began in the 80’s, they have had the most deleterious effect on business in America. In my small to mid-size newspaper towns, Walmart comes in and runs all the small businesses out…my advertisers! Then, I go to the Walmart corporate HQ in Bentonvolle, AK, to beg for advertising support and they tell me they don’t advertise in community newspapers. Billionaire family, bad treatment of employees and totally lethal to classic American business = Walmart. LEADthePETITION@FUCKWALMART!!!

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  40. Babyben
    February 1, 2014

    After seeing how walmart treats their employees, I will not shop there until they change. Not holding my breath.

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  41. grady
    February 1, 2014

    Yes,its sad how walmart treats employee’s. ..they are well able to do better by employee’s. My son works tbere,this week has 3 days off. Not enough to pay rent,let alone have health insurance! If i was a owner id be ashamed to let people know i was part of that family. Its a shame such GREED!

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  42. Terence
    February 1, 2014

    No wonder Walmart failed miserably in Germany.

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  43. Maria Victoria Davis
    February 1, 2014

    vicky I am in

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  44. Mark
    February 1, 2014

    Walmart, This company has forced American companies to manufacture products overseas. this company has taken away profit sharing away from its associates . this company has made health insurance unaffordable for many of their employees, this company that has made full time not 40 hrs. but 31or more . This company that continues reducing its full time staff to part time with little or no benefits .Walmarts slogan should read ” Live better on the backs of our dedicated associates” Walmart is the new Trojan Horse of our time . Walmart would rather donate money to charities with the cameras rolling ,more bang for the buck, than support their own. Walmart is like the Taliban with with weapons that effect their employees emotional and financial lives.

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  45. Veronica Tenerelli
    February 1, 2014

    I will NOT shop at Walmart, and I never have due to it’s business practices. I will pay more to go somewhere else that treats their employees fairly and more importantly, a fair wage.

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  46. Carol
    February 1, 2014

    Bored is right about what he said about a union ya’ll got to stick together not only 1 or 2 states all 50 where ever Wal mart stores are. I talked to a few people at the walmart in my town and as soon as I said something about a union Ya could see the fear in there face’s the one guy said OH MY GOD DON’T SAY THAT. These CEO’s I just wounder if they have Grand KID”S working for $8.00 an hour 12 hours a day for 3 days 36 hours and they call it full time.

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  47. curiouskelly
    February 1, 2014

    I haven’t shopped @ Walmart for years, based SOLELY on how I observed they treated their employees, especially the elderly, standing for hours on cold cement–inhumane. Also, for their human rights’ violations in their slave shops around the world, their paying their employees so little that Walmart advises them to get food stamps and other government assistance, thus making the U.S. taxpayers being forced to supplement their abysmally low pay.
    Unless and until Walmart changes these horrific actions, I won’t bother to enter.
    Please watch this documentary about the TRUE Walmart, then pass it along to your friends:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jazb24Q2s94

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  48. Bill_Perdue
    February 1, 2014

    I won’t shop there.

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  49. ChakraVedi
    February 1, 2014

    It’s a good letter. But I am not sure, if the new guy will even open it or read it.

    There ought to be a legislation that corporations that make so much money have to share their wealth and pay their people a min. of $25/hr or something like.

    In the end it is important that they should realize, that when employees are well treated, they will be loyal, happy and efficient.

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  50. Jan
    February 2, 2014

    Me too – I stay out of that store always. There desperate employees are treated like slaves and it’s legal. I absolutely hate WALMART for the way the family abuses their employees with insane schedules and minimum wage while the owners are probably billionaires by now…………..

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  51. noway!
    February 2, 2014

    l will NEVER set foot in Walmart- it’s unfair business policies are an affront to our nation’s values.

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  52. Wendy Thomas-Ballard
    February 2, 2014

    Sam Walton believed in his associates and their concerns. And when he was gone the next generation of Walton’s got greedy and didn’t hold their Father’s values. Let us hope that the new CEO can and will get back to the values of Sam Walton. I have also stopped shopping at Wal-Mart. I can go to a small grocery store and buy 4 days of meals and extras and spend 68 dollars. I go to Wal-mart for the same thing and spend 140 dollars. And their moto is Live Better they need to change it. I also live paycheck to pay check and have to over draw my bank every week just to have food and gas to get to work. The minimum wage also needs to go up to help all struggling in this economy. Congress needs to be fired and the President impeached, just saying. Then they want to penalize us for not having insurance, who can afford it and be able to put food on the table or a roof over our heads, with the wages and hours set by our employers. We need CHANGE!!

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  53. Rod
    February 2, 2014

    If Wal Mart would pay their associates a decent I would bet that Wal Mart in Pueblo would do a much better job of cleaning the store and stocking it and helping the customers. I worked for $1.00 an hour and worked 18 hours a day and I can tell you it was hard with 2 babies and a wife, but through the help of “God” we survived.
    I support the workers all the way!!!

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  54. Lisa Anderson
    February 2, 2014

    I have never shopped at Walmart and never will until they show a commitment to the thousands of people who work for them. It’s unconscionable that the Walmart family with its obscene wealth chooses to treat real people so thoughtlessly and dismissively. Without them, there would be no Walmart.

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  55. Heidi
    February 2, 2014

    I have never shopped at Walmart and I never will until they treat their workers with respect and pay them decent wages including benefits.

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  56. Helene
    February 2, 2014

    I refuse to go into any Walmart because of the disregard for the workers. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful legacy to lead the way into a new business model. Give the associates a living wage, predictable hours, and health benefits.

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  57. 49erjill
    February 2, 2014

    I won’t darken the door of a Wal-Mart until it changes its horrible treatment of its employees. Which will probably be never. Count me out as a Wal-Mart customer.

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  58. Warren Arbiter
    February 2, 2014

    I’ve never been to a Walmart because of their terrible treatment of their workers. If Walmart were to pay its employees a living wage, treat them with the respect they deserve, and work with and not against unions, then my wife and I would reconsider. Until then, forget it!

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  59. Joseph Gomes
    February 2, 2014

    What can we do to securely elevate the chances & fairness act to preserve SS. Medicaid/Medicare &
    also while we’re @ it earning a reasonable hourly living rate of $15 per hr.,
    rather than allowing the greedy Corporations to steadily take advantage of
    paying the working class insensitive Poverty Wages around the range of Minimum
    Wage?

    Can the Gov. obligate these cheap Companies such as Wall-Mart, McDonald etc to pay the mentioned rate or
    give them an ultimatum that they’ll have to pick up the tab in re-reimbursing
    the Gov. whatever spent on public Assistance for their exploited under-paid
    employees?

    I say this b’coz I firmly believe that no one above the age of 18 yrs. as bread winners ought to make
    less than $15 per hr. unless they’re minors. Only then the $7.50 minimum wage
    or slightly above should apply, since the latter has NO responsibilities to
    raise a family, pay Student Loans or others like Adults on the other hand do!!!

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  60. janet
    February 2, 2014

    I avoid shopping at Walmart because of their business practices. But then I guess that they do not care about shoppers like me, shoppers for whom shopping is difficult because we care about what we buy. There are many big box stores I avoid. I really wonder if the Walton family are really happy with all the money that they make from treating their employees so badly. From what I have read about them they are not and they do not get that fact. They are a really messed up family. They are paying a high price for their wealth, but do not get it.
    Statistically a family’s wealth lasts only 3 generations, so any family with wealth needs to really teach their future generation to share.

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  61. Joseph Gomes
    February 2, 2014

    For the record, Walmart is already doing a pretty good job killing the supermarket industry. According to a study by the government’s Capacity Building Initiative, the total U.S. grocery industry was over $1
    trillion in 2009, $557 billion of which consisting of supermarket sales. Of that total Walmart had a 38% share. If you
    work in Walmart but still have to use food stamps, something’s wrong.”

    With 2.2 million workers, Walmart is the third largest employer in the world. The only institutions with
    more employees are the U.S. Department of Defense and the People’s Liberation
    Army of China. More than 1% of all working Americans have jobs at Walmart. Walmart
    only pays an average of $9 an hour, but the point is moot.

    Walmart employs more than 1% of all adult working Americans and many, if not most of those employees,
    struggle to make ends meet. While that’s a lamentable state of affairs it’s a
    reflection of the country, not Walmart. According to the website StatisticsBrain.com
    more than 90% of America lives within 15-minutes of a Walmart.

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  62. Joseph Gomes
    February 2, 2014

    Wall-Mart, Gap & others racking Billions in profits while looking the other way to ignore compensation
    for Bangladesh slave workers, whose relative victims either died in the factory
    fire or became permanently crippled with body fractured after jumping from high
    floors as a last resort to survive; which miserably resulted them of NO longer
    being able to feed their children as breadwinners!!!

    What examples are these Wealthy Corporations unfathomably showing to Society moral standards? Is this
    considered hypocrisy or Business norms, which goes back to how the Pope
    elaborately described it, as skewed Capitalism image against the Poor?

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  63. atul jariwala
    February 2, 2014

    i dont liek wal mart and i dont shop at wal mart i liek wal mart making change at wal mart

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  64. mid
    February 2, 2014

    I’ve worked there for 3 yrs, I’m a fulltime college student.Making $8.30 an hr.not enough to live off of and no other jobs in this rural area so don’t tell me to go get another job..Next week I have zero hrs to work,schedule made out by corporate.

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  65. lisap
    February 3, 2014

    I have not shopped @ Walmart in years due to the way they choose to do business, unfair treatment of their employees, and the inferior quality of the products they sell.

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  66. Dr. Scott Duncan, M. D.
    February 3, 2014

    If you Walton’s and other large stockholders of Walmart/Sam’s Club were really SMART, you would recognize that you have a HUGE public relations OPPORTUNITY right in front of you… but you’re MISSING IT! You have HUGE profits right now! How would you like to DOUBLE THEM?! Here’s how: RAISE the MINIMUM WAGE at your companies to $15.00 per hour! YOU CAN AFFORD IT! And ADVERTISE THAT BIG TIME! ADVERTISE how Walton companies are LEADING THE WAY to fight inequality and poverty… that Walton companies have “seen the light” and want to have HAPPY, GRATEFUL EMPLOYEES throughout their entire organization, employees who will SPEND MUCH, if not MOST, of their wages AT WALTON STORES!
    Just IMAGINE how GREAT the public would feel about you then?! That Walton companies are DOING THE RIGHT THING for ALL people! YOU would be BIG TIME HEROES!!! YOU could CHANGE the NATION!!!
    I, personally, seldom go to Walmart because of your TERRIBLE prior business practices when it comes to HUMANITY, and I know MANY, MANY others who don’t, as well. But if you raised your corporation-wide minimum wage to $15.00/hr, thus showing simple DECENCY toward all your “associates”… I, and I would bet that TENS OF THOUSANDS of other potential customers, too, would go out of their way to support your stores, your DECENCY, your VISION, your GENEROSITY, your CARING! I KNOW that I WOULD! PLEASE… THINK ABOUT IT!!! It’s a TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY STARING YOU ALL RIGHT IN YOUR FACES!!!
    Scott Duncan, M.D.

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  67. JUAN AVILA
    February 3, 2014

    as an
    abused and spirited ex worker of Walmart I feel for everyone working for the chain,
    they used to give me an obscene amount of work for my 8 hours and then make me responsible
    for not finishing on time, they used to send my overstock back to me when I was
    supposed to have my work area clean and cut the plastic wrap and push all the
    stuff on the floor humiliating me and threatening me to get fire it was really
    inhuman

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  68. Tanya P.
    February 8, 2014

    I’m yet another one who has stopped shopping at Walmart, even though it would be much more convenient for me to. Get your act together, Walmart, and I’ll probably be back.

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  69. smalldog14
    March 21, 2014

    When you think working conditions can’t get much worse, think again. Each week it gets worse. Hours keep getting reduced, number of people working in your department is reduced. Everywhere you look labels missing, counts are off, stuff sitting where it shouldn’t be, backroom full of rocket carts full of merchandise, stuff being binned before being worked, the few associates that are working in your department are pulled to grocery, orientation every few weeks, still where are these new hires? The following week, it’s the same thing, compounded. Fewer hours than the week before, fewer associates working, somebody must have gotten fired. Dust is thick on the tv’s, and shelves are dirty, only about half the display tv’s are working properly, seems the system is in need of repair. Not enough printers to go around, just deal with it. Wait in line for a printer, turn in a badge with your name on it to get one. Sundays are good, you can usually get a printer, rest of the week, not so good. Customers may want a phone upgrade, “sorry, nobody scheduled until 5:30, can you come back this evening?” “Can I check out back here? It’s a mess up front.” Oh, and then after a mgr. meeting, “You do know you can’t be using shopping carts? You’ll have to put all that stuff you have gathered on a rocket cart or 6 wheeler. Shopping carts are for customers.” The flat tires, and old sidewinders are for associates. “And make sure you’ve got all carts cleaned up before you leave. Also, go help those customers 6 aisles away, cause I don’t see anybody else around. Where is so and so?”

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  70. Pam Qarbaghi
    June 30, 2014

    Many years ago, I worked as a secretary for S. Robson Walton, grandson of Sam Walton, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At that time, he was worth a few million dollars. I understand now that he is worth 17 billion dollars. It is hard for me to believe the changes in the Walton family and the greed evident in their company’s policies. I personally never shop at Wal-Mart because I do not believe they follow the principles that Sam Walton laid out, and I am personally committed to buying American products. If Wal-Mart makes a change and truly starts supporting American manufacturing again, bringing the jobs back to America and paying their own employees a true living wage, I will heartily support the company and shop there again, as should we all. I watch with great interest the recently announced changes in Wal-Mart policy and hope they are not just a publicity stunt, but a real awakening to what is ruining America as a country. I hope the effort is not a half-hearted one, but a real renaissance in American companies showing their own patriotism for our great country. Ross Perot had it right from the beginning. No country can exist and prosper without at least a 25-30% manufacturing base.

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