I think you're being hard on those people. They can be truly opposed
to their building a WM and give up or change their mind later.
Even wanting none in one's own town but shopping at one in another
town is reasonable. I'm sure they didn't lobby to get one built in
Moscow, but it's already there. I don't want a 7-11 two hundred
yards from me, where I can see it, but I'll go to one two blocks away.
In contrast to the charges that Walmart runs roughshod over local and
state governments, steals candy from babies and polishes the Teflon<r>
with which they coat their handicapped parking spots, their latest
"intrusions" into our otherwise idyllic, serene locale were accomplished
by Walmart accommodating the local governing bodies:
A couple of stores were "forced" to make significant changes and
improvements to the entire store facade to improve its appearance. The
newest store, in order to gain approval, agreed to NO merchandise
outside the store.
This resulted in an interesting SNAFU a couple years ago when, in the
store's first spring, semi-loads of nursery stock (bedding plants, trees
and shrubs), lawn and garden bagged goods and landscaping timbers and
blocks appeared at their door, ready to be delivered. Oops. It was all
turned away and went to other stores.
Of course, all those that would have availed themselves of that
merchandise drove many more miles to get it. But, take heart: At least
there isn't all that unsightly stuff in the parking lot each spring.
I agree it is an amazing thing and one in which I take great national
pride. However, I dispute the "mostly" part of those that detest it.
Those detractors are a VERY small - but vocal - minority.
Think about it: You aren't going to find too many folks motivated to
shout from the rooftops, "I just LOVE buying all that CHEAP STUFF at
N.I.M.B.Y.? (Not In My Backyard)
Not I, said the duck. I would LOVE to be able to site a cell tower in
my backyard - perhaps even a landfill. I could retire.
The original thread started with the story about a community activist who
fought against the possibility of a local Walmart. Walmart finally gave up
and a metal reclamation company took over the location. Now the community
activist dearly wishes he had a local Walmart -- so he could buy earplugs.
As for "mostly detests" Walmart, I dunno 'bout that. Walmart is the largest
business and largest employer in the nation.
The WM here is starting to buy locally grown produce, if that is done
everywhere the diesal savings would be astronomical. I go to my
regular grocery store and it's impossible to find any produce grouwn
within 500 miles. WM is on the right track here.
???Except that the WM has the world's crapiest "local" produce. I bought
some "local" corn there last week, and it was dreadful. I bought some
"local" corn from Price Chopper (chain) 3 days later, and it was fantastic,
and the same price. Ditto for Hannaford (chain) just yesterday. So...the WM
buys the worst of the local and charges the same as the best.
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How the heck does Wal*Mart stay in business when so many people seem to hate
Me thinks many of the protesters sneak ove rhtere in the middle of the night
and buy the cheap stuff.
:) :) :)
While I am quite cynical when it comes to the "green" craze, let me
assure you that Walmart recycles like no other. It is truly an amazing
I'd bet that the average Ace Hardware store sends more corrugated to the
landfill than does the nearby Walmart Supercenter.
Plastic, corrugated (cardboard), metal - you name it. Walmart is a
fine-tuned "machine" when it comes to recycling.
Don't know about that. But I do know Walmart has insisted that manufacturers
of some food products reduce the size of their packaging thereby reducing
costs. For example, a box of cereal that's half air with the explanation
"contents may have settled during shipment" crap. The reality is that the
cereal company found that people THOUGHT they were getting more with simply
a bigger box! Walmart cracked down on that and saved themselves enormous
sums in shipping air around the country.
Just look at the "X" ounce box of Kellog's Corn Flakes at Walmart and
compare the box to the same ounce-size at your local market.
Walmart also insists on reasonable packaging. Again, they've insisted that
packaging protect the contents, not serve as a vehicle for advertising. In
some cases, the overall weight of the product has been halved!
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