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Writer's Block: Supersize me

Have you ever boycotted a company or product? If so, what was it, and what caused you to boycott it?
Wal-Mart. They treat their employees like recycled crap, they moved from selling Made In America stuff to crap made in China like everyone else, and most evil: they move into small towns and ruin the local economy by out-competing all the local businesses.

More on how they treat employees: 1. They have almost no full-time jobs. 2. Their breaks suck as a result. 3. They take out life insurance policies on employees without telling the employees, and listing themselves as beneficiaries. No, I don't have a link for the last item, but they have indeed been caught doing that.

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erithianopius
Jul. 25th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Want to hear something else? They have a little nickname for those life insurance policies. I think the CEO actually coined it: dead peasant's insurance.
I'm not kidding.
fayanora
Jul. 25th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
I want to say I'm surprised, shocked even. But I can't. I mean, I've never heard that before, but still...
daddys_kitten_
Jul. 25th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
Wasn't there also a scandal where they were locking employees in at night?
fayanora
Jul. 25th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
I doubt it. Could be, but I doubt it. When I worked at one, they would only lock one of the two doors at night.
daddys_kitten_
Jul. 25th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/18/national/18WALM.html

Of course the company says it's just one or two bad managers...so glad I've never worked for them!
fayanora
Jul. 25th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
Ah. Well, the Wal-Mart I worked at was open 24/7, so we didn't have that policy.
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