Amy and her dad - June 2008
Since Amy's Blogpage is private now I could not just direct you to her blog site to read this posting that she wrote, but it is so good that I could not just let it go unrecognized by a lot of folks. So I got her permission to post her writing on our blog page.
Again, please know that this is not to offend anyone, BUT simply to inform. You make your own decision. I, personally, had not been convinced - even though Amy had made the decision not to go to Wal-Mart five months ago - until I read this posting and watched the videos she included. This is for your information ONLY - it is not a political issue BUT a moral, ethical one that is being discussed - it is posted so that you can be informed of what is going on in our world.
At the end of her posting, I have also copied our comments that were posted as responses on her blogpage.
Where do I begin? I am going on 5 months Wal-Mart free. All I can say is that it feels good, friends. REALLY good. I have been thinking for months now on how to write this, because I have felt an internal pressure to put my thoughts into words. I just haven't been sure how to say what I think. So, now I am just sitting here writing everything and hoping that it comes out coherent.
Wal-Mart is not all they would have people to believe. There are some serious ethical issues surrounding this company. After taking Business Ethics in my Master's program, I can say that there are some VERY big problems with Wal-Mart's ethics. I know that most companies have some ethical issues to some degree. You can find cases or problems almost anywhere. But, Wal-Mart's issues are on a whole other level.
Peter Jeffery of the Wall Street Journal covered a story surrounding Wal-Mart's push for political influence. Wal-Mart has been conducting mandatory political meetings. These meetings are designed to influence Wal-Mart employees on how they should vote and what the consequences could be should they choose to vote differently. The idea behind the meetings is to tell employees that if the democrats should win in November then most likely Wal-Mart would be unionized. If they are unionized, then there would be job cuts. Who thinks it is just a tad bit unethical to suggest that unless an employee votes a certain way, then their job is on the line? Me!!! Following the Wall Street Journal article, the New York Times also picked up the unethical (possibly illegal) Wal-Mart activities. You can read the New York Times article HERE.
You can see the full story below. An update from this story is that the "U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Debbie Shank’s case, leaving her family no choice but to pay Wal-Mart $470,000." (Wal-Mart Watch)
Do we not have better things to do in life than to make it our point to kick people when they are already down? Is this really the best way to use our time, energy, and enormous fortune? Well, Wal-Mart? Something tells me that Sam might be a little disheartened by all of this.
It is not difficult to find dirt on Wal-Mart. The two scandals that I mentioned are only a drop in the bucket...just the most recent. But, there are also issues with lay offs and store closures simply because Wal-Mart would rather close and take away peoples' jobs than work with unions. There are issues with international labor laws. Then, of course, environmental issues too. All sorts of things...
There is a film that covers many of the concerns surrounding Wal-Mart. It is called The High Cost of Low Prices. During these hard economical times, let me say that it is a temptation for me to take advantage of the low cost...but I just can't do it. The price really is just too high. Here is a preview of the film:
The film can also be viewed in sections on YouTube. Here are the links:
Part 1 :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GINui9LdIQ
This post is not intended to offend anyone...simply to inform.
Our comments to Amy's posting:
Shelia at Earl Family News said...
Okay, Amy. You win my vote!! to not ever shop at Wal-Mart again. You know how I have tried to rationalize going to Wal-Mart (1. because I live overseas and don't have the opportunity to shop at a BIG store - and they are in every town - unlike Target -- which I love better anyway, 2. I can find things there that I can't get other places, 3. even meeting some Albanian, Bosnian ladies who are employed by Wal-Mart and couldn't find work other places, etc.).
BUT this is going TOO far to influence personal decisions in voting or whether or not to belong to a union. It is too close to home -- with what our region of the world has been through for a long time now. This cannot be tolerated by anyone who believes in "personal freedom" and that the state (government) should not influence one's political or religious beliefs!!!So I am finished with Wal-Mart. You have made a believer out of me. I am probably the one you wrote this for anyway, right?
Well you did a great job!!
Thank you for opening my eyes to injustice.
I am SO proud of you,
Arville at Earl Family News said...
I'm really glad that you have enough fortitude to make an ethical decision rather than just a decision of convenience. It seems to me, that in our day, we are in need of more peoplewith this kind of character.
And by the way, I never did like those those eyeglasses that I bought at Wal-mart. They always made things appear a different shape than they actually were. Maybe that should have been a clue way back when.