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01 August 2008

"The meeting leader said, 'I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won't have a vote on whether you want a union,'" said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. "I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote," she said.[More:]

So when I was down in Florida a few months ago, I had this conversation with my husband's cousin: M. "so are there any Wal-Marts in New York?" gaspode: "uh, no, certainly not in Manhattan." M. "how do you buy stuff then?!!?!"

Two entirely unrelated Walmart snippets.
You have a personal shopper, don't you, gaspode? She lives in a closet under the sink when you don't need any shopping done.
posted by essexjan 01 August | 12:26
Thanks for this, gaspode.
posted by small_ruminant 01 August | 12:32
"how do you buy stuff then?!!?!"

What a great example of learned helplessness.
posted by Miko 01 August | 12:43
I doubt Walmart is the only one having such meetings. The fear among my business contacts including more than a couple Democrats is not so much Obama, but the possibility of a veto-proof Congress, a state that would make Obama little more than a figurehead concerning domestic affairs.
posted by Ardiril 01 August | 14:06
Isn't Hillary on the BOD of Walmart?
posted by doctor_negative 01 August | 14:41
She was, from 1986-1992.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 01 August | 14:58
Oh I doubt it as well, Ardiril. This was the one I read about though.
posted by gaspode 01 August | 15:24
It's all that bottom-line thinking. Race to the bottom. There is no tomorrow for corporate America, nor has there been for decades.
posted by Hugh Janus 01 August | 15:32
A lot of the big manufacturers are meh-to-positive toward Obama because they're coming around to thinking that (semi)universal health care will save them and their pension funds money. I guess that doesn't help wal-mart as much because so many of their employees don't have benefits? Wal-Mart's not afraid to hire fancy east-coast business consultants when they need them, you'd think one of them upstarts would run some numbers to try to convince Wally that (semi)universal coverage would save them money.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed 01 August | 21:37
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