After reading all the bile against Walmart, I was shopping at Walmart last Friday when I became aware of two older, fragile people sitting on stools at the door to welcome me. A man with a club foot was straightening shelves, there were a number of senior citizens at counters. I ran into a friend that works there that has one glass eye and a bad back, he has just been shifted to the night shift with a small pay raise.
None of these people are getting paid what we would consider good wages; but without Walmart most of them would be unemployed.
I bought a new George Foreman grill for $29 and some groceries. We looked at some of the RV products and priced some computers. I need new jeans and will probably pick up a pair of Wranglers next week.
We wax nostalgically about the old mom and pop stores that no longer exist, but if we actually had to shop, have the limited selection and pay the prices of ‘before Walmart’ we might feel differently.
It is like twitter, facebook and the internet – we may not like them but this is where we are in time.