Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wal-Mart is evil. Also, the sky is blue.

From the NY Times, an article about wages at Wal-Mart.

[H. Lee Scott Jr., Wal-Mart's chief executive], said that if Wal-Mart were as greedy as its detractors say, it would never have attracted 8,000 job applicants for 525 places at a new store in Glendale, Ariz., or 3,000 applicants for 300 jobs in outlying Los Angeles.

Apparently Wal-Mart exists on a planet where people are not unemployed and can choose whatever jobs they desire.

And how about this for sheer gall:

George Whalin, president of Retail Management Consultants in San Marcos, Calif., said that Wal-Mart should ignore the attacks. "Retail has always paid poorly and it probably always will," he said. "Wal-Mart has a responsibility to serve their customers - to give them a good product - and to their shareholders. They don't have a responsibility to society to pay a higher wage than the law says you have to pay."

They "don't have a responsibility to society." Sez it all.


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