Walmart Should Stop Trying to Placate Living Wage Leftists

Otherwise, they are committing suicide. It is impossible to placate the Left. You only encourage them. I recently posted about Walmart closing hundreds of stores and raised the possibility that this was the result of Walmart’s wage increase. Now Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge weighs in on the issue, telling Walmart that they should “never listen to the left.” Back when Walmart raised the wage Mark Horne raised the possibility that the retail giant was hoping to stop criticism. For Durden, there Read more […]

Walmart Shuttering 154 Stores in the U.S. after Raising Wages

Here is another example of the great recovery we’ve had under Obama. According to Tribune Media: “Walmart to close 269 stores, 154 in U.S.; 10,000 employees impacted.” Walmart is closing 154 stores in the U.S., the company announced on Friday. As part of a “sharpened focus on portfolio management,” the 154 U.S. closures include 102 of its Walmart Express stores, which were opened during a test that started in 2011. The other closures include 23 Neighborhood Market stores, 12 Supercenters, Read more […]

Raise Minimum Wage and Workers Cut Hours to Keep Welfare

Reportedly, Seattle’s law to raise minimum wage is running into a conflict with the welfare state. As Mark reported back in 2013, one attempt to propagandize for a higher minimum wage was to accuse large companies using unskilled labor of being “welfare queens.” McDonald’s and Walmart were smeared with this term because anyone who was trying to live on a single income as one of their employees would need government assistance to live. The idea was pushed that McDonald’s and Walmart are Read more […]

Slaves Liberated from Walmart. Where’s the Celebration?

Suddenly thousands of employees were liberated from Walmart oppression. Why aren’t they happy? From Business Insider: “Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why.” Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday for alleged plumbing problems. The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports. Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided Read more […]

Target Raises Wages because of Market Pressure, not Politics

Should activists congratulate themselves when Target raises wages? Not much. Target stores have announced that they are raising their lowest wage to nine dollars an hour. Since the story at the Wall Street Journal site is tucked behind a paywall, I have to rely on Newser.com’s summary: “Target Hikes Minimum Pay to $9.” What is noteworthy about the Newser.com piece is that it submerges the substantial reason for Target’s decision in the midst of a great deal of verbiage designed Read more […]

Walmart Raises Wages; Still Getting Complaints

While Walmart raises wages, activists are getting ready to force the company to give employees more hours. People have been using Walmart as a punching bag for years. They make all kinds of accusations against the company based on their success and the ready number of people who are willing to work for them. Somehow, the fact that they aren’t in a crisis finding employees counts as evidence that they are probably mistreating their employees. Their success in getting satisfied customers proves Read more […]

Walmart Greeter Allowed to Bless Again

A Walmart greeter had been barred from saying, “Have a blessed day,” based on one complaint. This story isn’t about politics in the narrow sense, but it demonstrates some problems in our culture in expectation inculcated into us by the media. According to WSBTV, it only took one complaint for Walmart to ban a greeter from wishing customers to “have a blessed day,” though James Phillips had been doing so for years without any objection. Just think about that. Here is a town Read more […]

Man Profiles, Attacks Concealed Carrier

A concealed carrier, who happened to be a minority, got assaulted because a young white guy saw his weapon. I’m not saying that the attack was racially motivated, but it is hard not to suspect that racial stereotypes helped the 43-year-old make an irrational decision to tackled a 62-year-old African American. It was reported by the Tampa Bay Fox affiliate: “Man arrested after tackling shopper carrying gun.” Hillsborough deputies arrested a man who spotted someone with a gun, followed him Read more […]

Walmart: Second Amendment and First Amendment Related

Are the Second Amendment and First Amendment related? Attacking private ownership of firearms seems to require censorship. Since Walmart is a private company, not a civil government, it can’t be accused of directly violating either the First or Second Amendments. If a store doesn’t want people with guns to enter the property, then they have a right to make that demand, for example. But when a business allows customers to think they have the freedom to contract with them to publish an Read more […]

Walmart Stops Health Insurance for Part-time Workers

Walmart has been vociferously criticized for paying minimum wage. Employees attack Walmart for providing a job, which they accepted, but which they say does not pay enough. (Enough for whom?) But now we find out this largest employer of part-time workers in the nation has also been providing health insurance benefits for these part-time employees. How many other companies paying minimum wage would provide those kinds of benefits. But that is now over. Walmart is stopping. No longer will Read more […]

Walmart Banking May Help People Other Banks Won’t

When reading about this proposal for Walmart  banking originally I took an attitude of wait-and-see. Here’s the New York Times story about Walmart’s new offering: “Walmart Prepares to Offer Low-Cost Checking Accounts.” Here comes Wal-Bank. After years of thwarted efforts to break into banking, Walmart is making its biggest foray yet into everyday financial services. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is teaming up with Green Dot, known for its prepaid payment cards, to Read more […]

911 Caller Now Says Police Shooting Victim Never Aimed Toy Weapon

Less than a month ago I posted about a police shooting victim at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Allegedly he was pointing a firearm at people, but some insisted that he was merely carrying an airgun that Walmart sells. The person who originally called 911 in Walmart and reported that a man was aiming a gun at bystanders made different statements to the Guardian. When Ronald Ritchie called 911 from the aisles of a Walmart in western Ohio last month to report that a black man was “walking Read more […]