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 by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday.

“Everybody just panicked and started crying,” Venanzi Luna, a manager at a store in Pico Rivera, California, told CNN Money. 

All workers will receive paid leave for two months. After that, full-time workers could become eligible for severance, according to CNN Money. But part-time workers will be on their own.

Wow! These Walmart employees have just been given a tremendous gift: Two months, with pay, to go find another employer who will compensate them what they believe they’re worth! Either they’ll get better jobs… or maybe they’ll learn something about economics: no employer who is planning to keep the doors open can pay you more than what you contribute to the bottom-line.

Some employees believe that the stores were closed because of worker protests for higher pay. 

Employees of the Pico Rivera store were among the first to hold Black Friday protests in 2012.

“This is the first store that went on strike,” an employee told CBS Los Angeles. “This is the first store in demanding changes for Walmart.”

The only employer who can “afford” to hire people who don’t pull their own weight… is the government, and we already have far, far, far too many people working in the local, State, and Federal ranks.

My prediction: Virtually all of the complainers will sit around for two months watching TV and surfing the Internet, and checking out how many government benefits they can abuse, rather than improving their value in the marketplace.

Go ahead, Walmart workers… prove me wrong. I’d love to apologize.