“This is another sick example of Walmart's bad behavior. To blatantly steal someone’s ideas and to pass them off as the corporations' own ideas, is not only illegal, but it says that Walmart will stop at nothing to make money. I wish Dr. Shah the best of luck. The prospect of redressing your grievances with Walmart happens very slowly and that is how Walmart appears to want it.”
“Rockey Carter's story of being assaulted by Walmart employees at the McKinney, Texas store is chilling. I was sorry to read that he has been emotionally traumatized and physically injured. It is my hope that Rockey Carter does not have to spend too much energy proving his innocence. He should seek more than an apology from the world’s largest retailer because the reckless Walmart staff, at the very least used extremely poor judgment, and at the worst, are criminally liable for assaulting an innocent and non-aggressive person. I never understand why people with a little authority exceed their jurisdiction, and feel free to use violent language and unwarranted physical force.
It is bad enough that Walmart was negligent. It is even worse that they were aided by the local police department. In any case, Walmart and the employees involved in this egregious offense, need to be penalized for their terribly wrong-minded actions. In addition, Rockey Carter should be compensated financially for his suffering. Perhaps, both the legal penalties and cost to Walmart need to be stiff enough so that Walmart will change its policies, procedures, and culture -- so that Walmart knows employee assaults on customers will not be tolerated.”
“Wal-Mart is the poster child for the ever increasing chasm between the declining income of the poor and middle-class, and the increasing income of the richest class. Talk of Wal-Mart opening in foreign countries is painful, as our nation is sensitized to the economic problems caused by imported goods that are no longer made on our shores, but are being sold by poorly paid employees with little or no benefits. Not only does Wal-Mart represent a shifting of jobs overseas because of the vast amount of foreign goods they sell to US citizens, but poignantly, the focus is now on Wal-Mart moving the very stores that sell those imported goods, and a defective part of our culture they represent overseas.”
“If only more people could be as courageous in their convictions as Al Norman is. As he continues to fight the good fight, the rest of us can examine where we fit into the dialogue. If we support Walmart, to what extent and at what cost? We all benefit from a dialogue of truth, but we don't always accept the truth for what it really is, and unfortunately, we don't usually have a " tour guide" to show us the way to the truth. Thank you Mr. Norman for guiding us and expanding our thoughts beyond what is in our shopping carts. Looking forward to reading your new book.”
“Walmart does not stop at anything. In this case, it surely seems like Walmart is using their old bag of world-wide scare tactics and financial threats to silence any citizen that dares speak out against Walmart. I can understand why Walmart doesn’t like citizens who know their local laws and rights and have the smarts to hire an attorney -- when citizens are informed, Walmart must follow the law and abide by the local procedures and laws. The vision of Mrs. Kern's City agreeing with Walmart’s speculation that there is a national campaign to block Walmart developments, is appalling. I was relieved to read that Mrs. Kern is now being represented by a civil rights attorney. Please keep the public posted about any other developments regarding this case.”
“The Mayor should not only apologize to these peaceful demonstrators and the people of Athens, but residents need to ask him to step down. Did the other elected members of the commission also condone the “secret” plans being made between the City and Walmart?
To the group, “Occupy Athens,” I say, stay peaceful. And, do not become scared off by the bullying of the local government or Walmart’s transparent attempts to intimidate you with anonymous name calling in the press.
Peaceful demonstrations used to be a cornerstone of change and open dialog. I suspect Walmart wants to create angst among the “Occupy Athens” participants. Wouldn’t they love to silence any member of the community who opposes the illegal closed-door government?!”
“This was a horrific accident that should not have happened. I surely hope the Santos family prevails in their quest to hold Walmart Stores Inc. accountable for the actions of the contractors and subcontractors Walmart hired to renovate its store. I cannot get my head around the fact that Walmart acts so nonplussed.”
“Walmart has a history of caring only about its bottom line. It projects a corporate image of altruism, while maintaining a less-than-stellar track record in the treatment of both its employees and the local community. This is evident in the recent sham where Walmart placed more restrictions on it employees' healthcare benefits, foisting the extra healthcare costs for Walmart employees on the taxpayers. Walmart makes billions of dollars in profit a year, so Walmart is more than capable of absorbing these extra healthcare costs.
If Walmart really wanted to change its spots, for the betterment of society, it surely could. Al’s idea for allowing the 99-percent to have a say at the table with the 1-percent who want to be more wealthy, would surely be a step in the right direction. Perhaps, we would see a shift towards more equitable corporate behavior.”
“New York with its unique, vibrant energy, and distinct characters and businesses provide both an accessible and sophisticated ambience. Whether it be Times Square, the powerful Financial district, Broadway, the New York University campuses, the MOMA Museum, the United Nations building, the Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, the Stature of Liberty, or the towering Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the majestic waterways, there is no place quite like New York.
It is no surprise that Walmart is hungry to take a bite out of the Big Apple. After all, New York is the most populous city in the US, and as a cosmopolitan city, it is a driving influence in education, finance, culture, art, fashion, research, commerce, entertainment, and restaurant and retail trends.
Homely Walmart is not a good match for New York. New York embodies the best of our nation, a nation with hope and optimism for a better future -- a nation with a can-do spirit. While Walmart represents a nation in decline, a nation that can no longer manufacture its own goods.
Let us hope that New York remains immune to Walmart's blight. In the past, New York's leaders and unions have kept the aggressive retailer at bay. But, unless there is an uprising from the diverse population, Walmart will “buy” its way into New York and become a parasite. Leaders of New York, do not sell out to Walmart. Once that happens, you cannot get back your iconic image for any amount of "falling prices".”
“Al, if your crystal ball is correct, I will stand beside you on Walmart’s grave. It will be a pleasure to see Walmart actually get what it deserves. As a neighbor of mine once said, “Walmart’s empty buildings remain a fine example of community rot, as Walmart continues its half-baked environmental commitment.”
I don’t like the idea that Africa, China and India are going to have to face what we are currently facing in the United States. Walmart’s ubiquitous over-building is not good for the planet nor any community.
In my vision of dancing on Walmart’s grave, flesh-eating zombies overrun Walmart's stores, trapping any past or present CEO and any of their cohorts, requiring these folks to deal with the gruesome aftermath of their cannibalization strategy.”
wsdave on Aug 20, 2011 at 23:17:12
“"I don’t like the idea that Africa, China and India are going to have to face what we are currently facing in the United States."
“Every so often another wealthy person reveals how out of touch they are with the average working person. But in this case, there is an added degree of gall. Collecting expensive art and giving it to a museum is going to make a difference in the world? Really, Alice? That’s all you could come up with? Have you ever lifted one finger to help your employees? Or maybe you think that holding up your pinky while bidding for art is the same thing.
You have had the luxury of amassing a vast collection of art and you ask us to believe that it is a philanthropic effort? Like providing for essential medical care for Walmart's non-supervisory employees? Perhaps it would be better to auction off the art and use those funds to make a difference in the lives of the American workers who have made you so wealthy. That would be one way to "...make a difference in this part of the world."”