Walmart is like cell phones: a visit to Walmart is distasteful but a fact of modern life. People complain about the low salaries and the way Walmart treats their workers; but people know the salary scale when they apply for the job – and most people initially are happy to get it. Walmart, like McDonald's, offers jobs to unskilled workers – workers who are not qualified for any other jobs. If you have salable skills, you are not looking for a career at Walmart. Instead of blaming Walmart for their salary scale, how about blame the Senate and Congress for failing to pass a livable minimum wage law.
A man that lives near me works at Walmart. He is over fifty and for years worked as a manual laborer for a construction company in the summer and drew unemployment during the winter. He lost his eye and injured his back working construction doing shovel and grunt work. He now works at Walmart and his major complaint seems to be that they don’t lay him off during the winter so he can draw unemployment.
The reality is that most Walmart workers would be unemployed in our small community if we didn't have a Walmart.
People are gullible and willing to believe things without weighing the factors, and people like to complain. We complain about the weather, our spouses, our children, our neighbors – the list is unending – just check out my blog: probably ninety percent of my post (as are yours) are complaints. And we like to complain about Walmart.
My wife and I shop at Walmart. We probably save about fifty dollars a month by shopping there; and, on a fixed income fifty dollars, to us, is a lot of money. We don’t buy everything at Walmart, but we regularly buy can goods, cleaning products, appliances, beer, liquor and paper products. There was an old general store in
that posted the sign: If we don’t have
it, you don’t need it. And that
pretty much defines Walmart. From car
products to electronics – from bird feeders to candles – you have pretty much
one stop shopping. Maine
We complain that Walmart carries Chinese junk – but get real – many of the products in your life were made in
. If your phone and computer were not made in
china, their components were. Inside the
labels of clothing from L.L. Beans and the sports gear at Cabela's you will find
the label made in China. Many of your
cars parts were milled in Chinese factories.
We have a Walmart and we still have a vibrant little town. Some of the mom and pop stores closed, and that seems a shame; but mom and pop stores, like dial telephones, are a relic of the past. No one complained when our little movie house closed and a multiplex opened – like accepting cell phones – we move on.
You get the best prices and the greatest selection at Walmart – and if they don’t have it you probably don’t need it.