Friday, September 02, 2005

Evil Incarnate?

The evil, cold, heartless, corporate giant Wal-Mart, best know for oppressing women, minorities and children, is committing an additional $15 million to help hurricane victims that are mostly...



women, minorities and children.
Dang it, Wal-Mart! You bastards!

Additionally, they did not count all the stuff that was looted -oops- donated already, in the figure stated. Also, it does not count the first $1 million it committed right out of the gate.

From PR Newswire via Drudge Report:

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Following President Bush's announcement today that former Presidents Bush and Clinton will lead a nationwide fundraising effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott contacted President Clinton and the White House and committed $15 million from Wal-Mart to jump-start the effort.

As part of this commitment, Wal-Mart will establish mini-Wal-Mart stores in areas impacted by the hurricane. Items such as clothing, diapers, baby wipes, food, formula, toothbrushes, bedding and water will be given out free of charge to those with a demonstrated need.

Wal-Mart previously donated $2 million in cash to aid emergency relief efforts and has been collecting contributions at its 3,800 stores and CLUBS, and through its web sites [,,,,].

Through its Associate Disaster Relief Fund, the company will also give displaced associates immediate funds for shelter, food, clothing and other necessities.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUBS in all fifty states. Internationally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT.

Hate to say it, (being a union guy and all) but that sounds like a pretty good neighbor to me...I know libs and the UAW freaking HATE Wal-Mart. But Wal-Mart is a God-send to the poor. Food, clothes for your kids, heck just about everything.

So let's say Wal-Mart unionized and paid full bennies and $20 and hour.
That would raise their prices.
This would disproportionately affect the poor (to use a liberal tag-line).

I do think Wal-Mart is a bit of a bully with other businesses, however.
But consumers do reap the benefits of that bullyism.

I also think this news says much about their upper management.
And, like it or not, it speaks well of them.


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