26 March 2008

If you think Wal-Mart is unfairly maligned.....

.....read this story of its treatment of the brain-damaged mother of a fallen soldier. Found via Chell's Roost.


Blogger handmaiden said...

I'm going to show this to my daughter who loves the convenience of shopping at Walmart.

One thing I can say positive about Walmart is they allow transients to frequent their property. In a town nearby some friends of mine (another human rights group) were doing a homeless count. They had invited the Counties homeless community to a local park to a picnic so they could connect with them & do their count, distribute Blankets, & other things. They had gotten a permit from the health Department to cook Hot dogs for all these people. First the health Department showed up & insisted every hot dog be a certain temperature requiring every hot dog to have a thermometer thrust into it. Effectively screwing up the picnic, Then the Police arrived at the park & started harassing people, one woman who lived in her car with her child was illegally parked... well to make a long story short her belongings were dumped in the parking lot & her home was towed away. My friends were able to move everyone to the parking lot of the local Walmart & try to resume what they had started. The Police followed them naturally & told them they had to leave. But, apparently This Walmart actually has a policy of safe haven for the homeless. (I'm trying to find conformation of this policy on the net but can't)Perhaps this doesn't cover a multitude of sins, but it's something.

26 March, 2008 22:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I'd say Mall-Wart is good at high-visibility PR gimmicks that don't cost them any real money. When it comes to a chance of ripping off a few hundred thousand bucks from a pathetic bereaved mother, on the other hand, PR is evidently a lesser issue.

27 March, 2008 04:27  
Blogger Chell said...

Thank you for the link, and a hug for linking the article. I want everyone to see this and to further research Wal-Mart's special way of doing business.

Here is a site, Wal-Mart Watch, where people can donate towards Debbie Shank's care. Hope it's OK to link here.

27 March, 2008 21:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

By all means, yes. I hope the link helps her.

27 March, 2008 21:55  

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