Is Wal-Mart evil?

By | January 13, 2004

Hmmm… I keep wondering this myself. Signs are pointing more and more that yes, Wal-Mart is evil. How else do you descibe a company that takes out life insurance on their employees, collects the benefits when the employee dies, but fails to tell the employees family about the insurance? Wal-Mart was sued for this, and has forked over at least $10 million to settle the lawsuits. Theoretically, they’ve stopped this scam. But who can say for sure?

Proof #2 of Wal-Mart’s evilness: Wal-Mart’s own audit found thousands of labor law violations, yet the company is simply downplaying the findings and enacting no reforms. Wal-Mart’s vice president for communications Mon Williams stated the audit, “‘doesn’t reflect actual behavior within the facilities.'” Which is interesting, because the audit was done by Wal-Mart at actual Wal-Mart locations. If their own audits don’t reflect actual behavior at their facilities, then why even perform the audit?

Wal-Mart can keep denying that it is evil, but I think I’ve been convinced. I’m joining in on the Wal-Mart boycott.

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