You would think by now that Lee Scott, the $13-million-a-year failed CEO of Wal-Mart, would know better than to send confidential memos to his employees, many of whom are happy to share them with those fighting Wal-Mart.
LEE SCOTT: "You've probably heard about or seen the anti-Wal-Mart video that they spent big money making and releasing in November."
I laughed so long and so hard at this one. Big money!? We spent $1.8 million over a year, while you spend $3.8 million every single day trying to convince everyone how much you care about them. Love your sense of humor!
You are right on one count--just about everyone has heard about the film. Thanks for instructing your store managers to tell all 1.6 million employees about it in October.
LEE SCOTT: "Hardly anyone saw it."
Huh? Just a second ago you said everyone had heard about the film, now hardly anyone has? At least a million people saw it in just a few weeks. 100,000 DVDs have blanketed the globe. All the major press outlets are raving about the film--The New York Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, Boston Globe, Roger Ebert, CNN, NBC, etc. --reaching tens of millions. That's an awful lot of no one.
LEE SCOTT: "Our November sales prove that their biggest, most expensive propaganda campaign to date had no impact on Wal-Mart's performance. ... Protestors [sic]... didn't make a dent."
Whoops! Looks like someone counted their chickens a little too soon. Your Christmas sales were the worst in five years despite Garth Brooks, Beyonce and Queen Latifah throwing down on television for you. And those "protestors" [sic] could have been your customers. Homeowners, family business people, students and church goers all came together. Don't shoot the messengers.
LEE SCOTT: "Have a safe and happy holiday season."
Instead of empty platitudes, you could ensure a "safe and happy" holiday season by putting an end to the terrible crime wave in your parking lots. Your own employees told you all they need is a roving patrol at each store.
Let's cut the crap, Lee. Your stock keeps falling, and there is a reason. Be a responsible CEO. Fire the spin doctors, watch the film, and honestly consider what the real people affected by your corporation are saying. Your employees, shareholders and customers already are.