Aug 28 2009

Walmart!

Published by at 3:42 am under Jerks

walmart sucks

I have always put off writing about Walmart because there is too much to say, and honestly, I’m too lazy to really do it justice. Let’s just say I would literally not spend a penny in Walmart, even if my life depended on it. I watched Walmart breeze into both of the tiny, rural towns my parents are from and completely destroy them. It goes deeper than just causing a bunch of mom-and-pop shops to close, it tears the community apart. In these small towns, Main Street was more than just a place to shop, it was an important bond that helped keep the residents connected. You bought school clothes for your children from the same people who sold you your school clothes when you were a kid. It matters, it just does. Walmart comes to town with all kinds of bullshit promises and just rapes the town. I fucking hate them.

It’s late and I don’t have the energy to write, so please enjoy this instead…

People of Walmart
(update: I think this site just crashed so the link might be broken. Fucking stupid Walmart)

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32 comments to “Walmart!”

  1. Jeffon 28 Aug 2009 at 3:56 am

    I don’t understand how you can be a Democrat when you hate normal people so much.

  2. Leson 28 Aug 2009 at 6:19 am

    Because I totally fucking miss the days when I had to go from shop to shop and buy overpriced shit from “moms and pops”

    Oh wait, no I don’t.

    Wal*Mart ftw.

  3. 8bitheroon 28 Aug 2009 at 7:10 am

    I love WalMart.

    Where else can you see the same ignorant, white trash, trailer dwelling, rednecks that bash every immigrant that comes to this country for “taken er jerbs!” AND THEN go to a place that basically refuses to give their employees full time wages and benefits while their inventory consists of 90% Chinese made products?

    Bless you, WalMart, for being so god damned ironic it makes me want to shove pencils in my eyes.

  4. 8bitheroon 28 Aug 2009 at 7:12 am

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

  5. Xinaon 28 Aug 2009 at 8:15 am

    We’re you drunk when you wrote that? There were many more typos than usual.

    But you also have to understand that just as Europeans pray at the alter of Ikea, Americans do so with Wal-Mart. It’s a sad fact.

  6. You Just Made My List!on 28 Aug 2009 at 9:12 am

    Xina – I know, it was 2am when I wrote this.

    Jeff – I’m sorry, what “normal” people am I “hating” exactly? Call me crazy but I thought this post was kind of supporting normal people.

    8bit – Exactly. Walmart is about as un-American is it gets. I provided the same link but the site seems to be down right now. Bummer, it’s hilarious.

    Les – FAIL. We all pay the price for these “cheap” items. They hire people for 38 hour weeks so they don’t have to pay full-time benefits, they force companies to sell products to them at ridiculous prices that can only be achieved by forcing the factory to work cheap. By the way, that factory is in China not America, so bye bye jobs, tax money and resources purchased in America. With less people working in our country the end result is less money in YOUR pocket.

    Why can’t we see the big picture in this country any more? We all want immediate gratification. I’m honestly scared for America, I think it’s the beginning of the end.

    Is walking 2 blocks down Main Street really that taxing on you? There are plenty of fat slobs in this country who could use a walk from store to store.

    I’m AWESOME!

  7. SanFranon 28 Aug 2009 at 9:55 am

    Listy: I’m so with you here – Wal*Mart has been on my personal boycott list ever since I saw what they did to my college town – well, tried – the town ultimately prevailed with refusing them, but suffered immeasurably from their eventual proximity, as Wal*Mart just went over the border into sales tax-free New Hampshire (just over the border, mind you) and wreaked havoc from 30 miles away.

    I love* how Wal*Mart has become so American… Yup, there’s nothing more American than going to some big box store, owned by a family of evangelicals, outside of your local community, to stock up on everything from condoms to shotguns – but not any CD with an Explicit Lyric warning on it or material that may question God or Jesus… Just to funnel the vast majority of said purchase right to China – an enemy of the state that both thinking and non-thinking Americans are concerned about… UGGGH.

    *love meaning: would love to see Wal*Mart burn

    I also appreciate how they have lobbied the USDA to change the standards by which “organic” food is produced, to allow for “certain chemicals and preservatives” which thus allow them to survive Wal*Mart’s massive supply chain. Give me a fucking break.

    Fuck Wal*Mart, Fuck you if you shop there.

    I’ll pay twice as much to support my community at large.

  8. You Just Made My List!on 28 Aug 2009 at 10:01 am

    SanFran – PREACH! There is no end to Walmart’s bullshit. I have refused to step inside a Walmart for at least 15 years.

  9. You Just Made My List!on 28 Aug 2009 at 10:06 am

    Good lord, there were so many typos and fucked up sentences in this post! I was literally almost asleep while writing it.

  10. SanFranon 28 Aug 2009 at 10:38 am

    Oh! Forgot to add… 1996, the last time I ever stepped foot into a Wal*Mart (Salem, NH) – it was one of those 24 hour ones, and we went in for the sight-seeing, nothing more, in the wee hours of the night…

    It was like the after party for Michael Jackson’s THRILLER video.. FREAKS!

    And so it was born, the term “Walmartian”.

  11. 8bitheroon 28 Aug 2009 at 10:50 am

    http://www.walmartmovie.com/

  12. 8bitheroon 28 Aug 2009 at 10:55 am

    A recent study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Labor Center has quantified what happened to retail wages when Wal-Mart set up shop, drawing on 15 years of data on actual store openings. The study found that Wal-Mart drives down wages in urban areas, with an annual loss of at least $4.7 billion dollars in earnings for retail workers.

    Source: Arindrajit Dube, “Impact of Wal-Mart Growth on Earnings throughout the Retail Sector in Urban and Rural Counties”, UC Berkeley Labor Center, November 2005.

    “We also have a significant number of Associates and their children who receive health insurance through public-assistance programs. Five percent of our Associates are on Medicaid compared to an average for national employers of 4 percent. Twenty-seven percent of Associates’ children are on such programs, compared to a national average of 22 percent (Exhibit 5). In total, 46 percent of Associates’ children are either on Medicaid or are uninsured.”

    Source: Wal-Mart Internal Memo, via New York Times

    The Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce estimates that one 200-person Wal-Mart store may result in a cost to federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year – about $2,103 per employee. Specifically, the low wages result in the following additional public costs being passed along to taxpayers:
    $36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches for just 50 qualifying Wal-Mart families.
    $42,000 a year for Section 8 housing assistance, assuming 3 percent of the store employees qualify for such assistance, at $6,700 per family.
    $125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families, assuming 50 employees are heads of household with a child and 50 are married with two children.
    $100,000 a year for the additional Title I expenses, assuming 50 Wal-Mart families qualify with an average of 2 children.
    $108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children’s health insurance programs (S-CHIP), assuming 30 employees with an average of two children qualify.
    $9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance.

    The total figure is based on the average $420,750 per-store figure, multiplied by 3700 (the approximate number of stores currently in the United States).

    Source: Rep. George Miller / Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, “Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart”, February 16, 2004.
    —–
    Sorry to hijack this, but I love Republicans that tout the virtues of Wal Mart while opposing public heath care and welfare.

    Support Wal Mart? Then you should support government health care options and welfare. Thier employees need it.

  13. Caseyon 28 Aug 2009 at 11:05 am

    You still buy your clothes from those people..

    ..they are the walmart cashiers now.

  14. T.J.on 28 Aug 2009 at 11:21 am

    Thank you List Man for posting this.I am a big HATER of Wal-Mart because of the way they move in and threaten to put others out of business and they succeed at it.I left a job that I loved at a grocery store because Wal-Mart moved in and I was scared my future was coming to a close and I wasn’t going to lose it at their hands,I am still trying to regain the prosperity I once had at my old job.I wish they hadn’t come into my hometown because we could’ve had something else in the space that they’re in now.A bowling alley,a movie theater,something cool that the community could all enjoy,but instead,we get a Wal-Mart just like every other suburb is getting.Plus,a lot of them are 24 hour stores which bring a lot of bums,transients,and scummy people into town who weren’t there before.And it’s not like the people who shop there are much better.You thought your local county fair had a crazy freak show,wait until the next time you go to Wal-Mart.I will never spend another penny at these stores again,I advise others not to as well because of the way employees are treated and we need to Save America.I’m willing to spend a little more somewhere else as long as I can get quality customer service.

  15. You Just Made My List!on 28 Aug 2009 at 11:21 am

    8Bit – Don’t worry about hijacking, I want people to know all of this, I’m just to lazy to do it myself. Actually, I’m not too lazy, I’m just incredibly busy this week and have been neglecting this website. I am a bad person.

  16. You Just Made My List!on 28 Aug 2009 at 11:28 am

    T.J. – In my Mom’s little hometown Walmart moved in in the 80’s, built a strip mall around themselves and destroyed Main Street in less then 2 years. THEN about 15 years later they decided they wanted to destroy the only local businesses left, grocery stores, and moved down the street into a bigger strip mall. The end result was the closing of local markets that had been in business for decades AND a giant EMPTY strip mall that sits rotting where the old Walmart once stood. They are the worst example of greed. They make me sick.

  17. Jonathanon 28 Aug 2009 at 11:42 am

    Preach on, Listy. Fucking Wal-Mart is a blight on the face of this planet. I think you covered all the aspects of their awfulness, so I won’t run them down again. I will say that the two things that piss me off the most about Wal-Fuck are how they do reflect how lazy and obsessed with instant gratification we’ve become, and how ironic it is that people think Wal-Shit is down-homey all-American true-blue, while in reality, Wal-Fart is destroying our towns, our health and our economy.

    FUCK YOU, SAM WALTON!!! I HOPE SATAN IS SKULL-FUCKING YOU IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Joeon 28 Aug 2009 at 11:55 am

    no shit, i’ve foreseen the revolution, walmart will burn, and the fire fighters will watch.

  19. Paul in Saint Paulon 28 Aug 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Another reason to shit on Walmart: they force towns into cutting them deals on land and electrical/water access. If the town refuses, they just plant a box on the outskirts of town and put all the locals out of business anyway. The towns need the tax revenue so they concede; however, Walmart is fickle and will close a store with little warning, leaving the town with a giant empty box that the constituents partially paid for without ever seeing a payoff. (Some towns are using these spaces for go-cart arenas, which I wholeheartedly approve of. Others become makeshift churches, which doesn’t seem very inspirational.)

    Not all Walmart shoppers are idiot hillbillies, although the website peopleofwalmart.com does provide a good argument for this. The poor families that I work with do go to Walmart because of the low prices. Unfortunately, they are also some of the ones who work there for low wages and no benefits. As pointed out before, we are subsidizing their families through our taxes with medical assistance, free school lunches, etc…

    8bithero’s recommendation of walmartmovie.com should be heeded by all!

    And Xina, regarding proofreading – are you drunk or just poking fun? Note: “we’re” should be “were” and “alter” should be “altar.” Maybe you’re drunk AND poking fun, which excuses everything.

  20. hodanon 28 Aug 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Walmart is Satan. ever since they’ve got their creepy old lady hands on Girl Scout cookies, I’ve hated them.

  21. SanFranon 28 Aug 2009 at 1:07 pm

    The High Cost of Low Price’, as Paul said, should be added to your short-list of films to watch if you haven’t already. I would be shocked.. SHOCKED if you watch this AND still choose to go to Wal*Mart.

    If you do, you are soul-less and deranged, and yes, that’s my professional opinion.

  22. CreatureofHabiton 28 Aug 2009 at 4:35 pm

    yeah! What Paul said – at least IKEA doesn’t pull that shit. My town is salivating for the IKEA to break ground because #1 – they agreed to clean up the river it’s going to be built in front of (the river is a toxic cesspool), #2 they agreed to install a public path and parkway in front of said river and #3, they are going to pay big taxes. I doubt Wal*Mart would agree to any thing remotely like that. Not that IKEA is perfect. Just better. Or, lesser of 2 evils I guess?

    Wal*Mart sucks. When I see people that declare their love for WM, I feel like I am watching Idiocracy come to life before my eyes.

    What this nation needs is more charts and graphs ti distill all that info 8bithero gave us into images- then people will pay more attention. People need it simplified, and clear – then they will get it. If they still don’t get it, god help us all. And I don’t even believe in god.

  23. Neishon 28 Aug 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I live in and study in two cities with populations of 130,000 and 85,000 and both have two Wal-Marts. We fail. 🙁

  24. SanFranon 28 Aug 2009 at 6:14 pm

    We don’t have one in San Francisco, either… and guess what – nobody misses it…

  25. ooooo_shineyon 28 Aug 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Unfortunately, my small assed town doesn’t have anywhere else to by except Wal-Mart. 🙁 If you want the good stuff you have to drive 60 or so miles away. & if your’re like me, you don’t have enough money to drive everywhere @ that distance to skip the place. Wal-Mart is the scourge of the universe & satan’s piss hole.

  26. Yours Trulyon 29 Aug 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, I never realized how many hippies read this site. What’s the matter, your local Wal-Mart doesn’t carry anything made of hemp? Or maybe you’re ashamed that you secretly shop at Wal-Mart and you don’t want the others in the drum circle to find out.

    I, for one, enjoy buying cheap, inferior merchandise that breaks after a few months. Then I can buy it again, and who doesn’t like getting new stuff?

    Wal-Mart is the salvation of humanity (well, that part of humanity that doesn’t own competitive retailers).

  27. No you don't get my nameon 30 Aug 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Just because I thought you’d love another Guy Fieri picture

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_aoHCPEbhxAI/SekPb9xXMLI/AAAAAAAABF4/O5ZYwRqVe_Y/s1600-h/guy_fieri_sighting.jpg

  28. You Just Made My List!on 30 Aug 2009 at 11:22 pm

    That might be the most handsome photo of Guy Fieri ever taken. Some might even call it “money.”

  29. Jonathanon 31 Aug 2009 at 9:28 am

    I just want to add that my city, Stamford, CT, has made a concerted effort to keep out big box stores and chain restaurants, though a few have popped up recently. However, Target built their store downtown and integrated it with the surroundings, rather than plant it wherever they wanted in order to suck the life out of the other businesses.

    Unfortunately, the mom-and-pop stores here were victims of the 1970s/1980s “urban renewal” that destroyed so many communities. There are a lot of non-chain restaurants and other businesses, but no general merchandise or department stores (like where our grandparents took our parents to get clothes and school supplies).

  30. marieon 03 Mar 2011 at 3:47 am

    WalMart has definitely improved. Not that many people think my opinions count, because I’m poor white trash, but I *am* a loyal shopper at Walmart, since their prices are lower, which fits in to my low-price budget. And that’s all that matters to me.

  31. You Just Made My List!on 03 Mar 2011 at 8:03 am

    Marie – I don’t know what to tell you. More than price should matter to you. I know what it’s like to be poor, but even at my lowest I managed to survive without ever stepping foot in a Walmart. You don’t need Walmart, trust me.

  32. 'Merikanon 08 Mar 2012 at 9:33 am

    Hate walmart. Hate it. Hate, hate, hate. Hate. For all the hated reason so stated above and their getting away with abandoning one walmart for their super-duper bigger one just across the highway for the inbred rednecks to buy even more. That walmart can get away with that is shameful. I hate walmart.