thinking about where I shop…

Posted: December 31, 2012 in doing good, human rights, poverty

From my friend Bruce:

How many small, family owned businesses has Walmart destroyed by planting themselves in our communities?   Then they keep their employees in poverty while the family that owns Walmart profits off their employees’ poverty.   This is why I won’t shop at Walmart.


Are you happy that your tax money goes to Walmart? 

  • Walmart makes sure that its workers stay below the hour threshold for getting Walmart benefits, and we get to pay for them through our taxes.
  • Walmart stores train their employees on how to get government assistance.  
  • Walmart employees are getting a total of 2.66 billion a year in government aid.  That’s about $420,000 per store.  
  • 80% of  Walmart employees get food stamps
  • COSTCO stays profitable, gives their employees a fair wage and benefits, AND maintains low prices.

From the Economic Opportunity Institute:

Highly successful retail chains—such as Safeway, Trader Joe’s supermarkets and Costco wholesale clubs—not only invest heavily in store employees but also have the lowest prices in their industries, solid financial performance, and better customer service than their competitors. They have demonstrated that, even in the lowest-price segment of retail, bad jobs are not a cost driven necessity but a choice. And they have proven that the key to breaking the trade-off is a combination of investment in the workforce and operational practices that benefit employees, customers, and the company.

Would anyone care to join me in NOT shopping at Walmart?

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